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International Visitors Programme announces 2012 participants and the Canadian Editorial Fellow

TORONTO, July 4, 2012 ----- The International Visitors (IV) Programme, in association with Authors at Harbourfront Centre, is pleased to announce the participants for this year’s programme. Celebrating its fifth year, the IV Programme invites publishing professionals from around the world to participate in five days of inter-industry dialogue with the goal of increasing opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers abroad. IV Programme participants benefit from a full schedule of publisher-hosted events and receptions, a mini rights-fair, and an industry-focused keynote address, as well as attending a number of IFOA onstage events. This year’s IV Programme runs from October 21 to 25 as part of the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 18–28, 2012).

“In a few short years, the IV Programme has established itself as an important part of the publishing calendar, drawing publishers, editors, literary agents, and scouts from around the world to join their Canadian colleagues against the backdrop of the prestigious International Festival of Authors,” says Iris Tupholme, IV Programme Committee Chair. “Once again, our line-up for the programme is stellar and we look forward to an exciting and productive time.”

As part of this year’s programming, the IV Programme launches the Canadian Editorial Fellowship, an opportunity for a mid-career Canadian editor to spend time with the international publishing executives in attendance. The 2012 Canadian Editorial Fellowship has been awarded to Trena White, Publisher, Douglas & McIntyre Publishers. “Publishing is all about relationships, and this fellowship will allow me to forge connections for D&M that could otherwise take years,” White says.

Confirmed participants to date include: Helen Conford, Publishing Director, Penguin Press/Particular Books (UK); Charlie Conrad, Vice President, Executive Editor, Crown Trade (USA); Arnaud Foulon, General Manager, Éditions Hurtubise Inc. (Canada); Jonny Geller, Joint CEO, Curtis Brown Group Ltd. (UK); Lennie Goodings, Publisher, Virago Press (UK); Patrick Janson-Smith, Publisher, Blue Door at HarperCollins Publishers (UK); Tom Mayer, Senior Editor, W. W. Norton & Company Inc. (USA); Jacqueline Smit, Publisher, Orlando uitgevers (The Netherlands); Lauren Wein, Senior Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (USA); and Trena White, Publisher, D&M Publishers (Canada). Further guests are to be confirmed.

The IV Programme Committee contains representatives from a number of organizations within the Canadian literary community, including the IFOA. The main IV Programme Organizing Committee for 2012 is: Chair: Iris Tupholme, HarperCollins Canada; Nick Garrison, Penguin Group (Canada); Alison Jones, Quill & Quire; Don Oravec, The Writers’ Trust of Canada; Craig Pyette, Random House of Canada; Philip Rappaport, McClelland & Stewart Doubleday Canada Publishing Group; Doug Richmond, HarperCollins Canada; Lisa Rundle, HarperCollins Canada; Christine Saratsiotis, Authors at Harbourfront Centre; Beverley Slopen, Beverley Slopen Literary Agency; Geoffrey E. Taylor, Authors at Harbourfront Centre; Alana Wilcox, Coach House Books; Matt Williams, House of Anansi Press/Groundwood Books; and Julia Yu, Authors at Harbourfront Centre.

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