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For Immediate Release


TORONTO, October 12, 2012 ------- The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) announced today that Alice Munro will not appear at this year’s Festival.

Alice Munro’s long-time friend and editor, Douglas Gibson, explained that: “Alice is 81 years old now, and her health is frail, making it impossible for her to attend this IFOA event, although she would very much like to be able to do so.”

Festival organizers are of course disappointed knowing how successful, enriching and entertaining her appearances at the IFOA have been in the past. Organizers worked to the eleventh hour to try and make the event possible however it was determined that this course of action was best. We hope our audience joins us in wishing the best for Ms. Munro.

Those audience members who have purchased tickets will be contacted by the Harbourfront Centre Box Office as soon as possible to address all ticketing concerns. If you have purchased tickets and have not been contacted by Wednesday, October 17 please direct inquiries to

This year’s International Festival of Authors includes more than 200 participants and over 70 events. For more information visit


About IFOA:
Each October, the IFOA presents a wide range of readings, round table discussions, onstage interviews, book signings and a number of special events featuring the most exciting authors in contemporary literature. Administered by Authors at Harbourfront Centre, this year’s 33rd annual IFOA takes place from October 18 to 28, 2012.

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