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TORONTO, August 27, 2012 ---- Heading into its 39th season, Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) announces a jam-packed fall literary line-up, including a celebration of Jamaica’s independence (September 19), a conversation on music with David Byrne (September 19) and readings and interviews with critically acclaimed authors Zadie Smith (September 25) and John Banville (October 10).

September 19 – Brigantine Room: Jamaica 50: A Literary Legacy celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence with an evening of discussion about contemporary Jamaican literature and art. Acclaimed Jamaican poet Ishion Hutchinson reads from his first full-length poetry collection, Far District, followed by a discussion with Hutchinson, poet and novelist Kwame Dawes and theatre worker and poet Honor Ford-Smith, moderated by author and poet Afua Cooper. This event is part of the Jamaica 50 Celebration events happening throughout Toronto.

September 19 – Fleck Dance Theatre: Legendary musician David Byrne (How Music Works) appears in conversation with Cory Doctorow to bring to the stage Wassup Internet?!—Music in the Digital Landscape. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. This event is specially priced at $25 regular, $20 supporters, students and youth 25 and under.

September 25: Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Zadie Smith brings north-west London to life with NW, a novel about four friends trying to make lives for themselves outside of the housing estate of their childhood, only to have a mysterious stranger force them out of their isolation. Eleanor Wachtel, host of Writers & Company on CBC Radio, interviews Smith.

October 10: Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville presents his moving new novel, Ancient Light. The story of an actor in the twilight of his life and his career, Ancient Light is a meditation on love and loss, and on the inscrutable immediacy of the past in our present lives. Charlie Foran, author and current president of PEN Canada, interviews Banville.

Bios of all participants are available at under “Events.”

Events take place at 7:30pm in the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $10 to the general public, FREE for supporters, students and youth 25 and under with ID unless otherwise noted. Box Office/Information: 416-973-4000 or

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 8,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 19 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 18–28, 2012), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15–16, 2012).


Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-4395
Nicole Baute:; 416-973-5836
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