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AUTHORS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE’S WEEKLY PROGRAMMING RETURNS
February participants include spoken word artist Dwayne Morgan, Edward Keenan, Ivor Tossell and the finalists for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

TORONTO, January 23, 2013 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre’s (AUTHORS) 39th season continues with three February events including an evening with spoken word artist and entrepreneur Dwayne Morgan (Feb. 1), a special event about Toronto’s future led by Edward Keenan and Ivor Tossell (Feb. 20), and a panel discussion with the finalists for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (Feb. 27).

February 1: Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. He has received several awards including the African Canadian Achievement Award, Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts and three Canadian Urban Music Awards. An Evening with Dwayne Morgan celebrates his latest work, Everyday Excellence, an inspirational memoir, followed by an evening of spoken word performances and soul music featuring The Experience. This FREE event is part of the Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba festivities.

February 20: Edward Keenan and Ivor Tossell lead a participatory event on Toronto politics called Toronto Talks: The Future of Our City. Keenan is senior editor and lead columnist at The Grid and writes widely on politics, sports and culture. His new book, Some Great Idea, shows how the fundamental principles of diversity and democracy that made Toronto a vibrant, dynamic 21st-century city can produce an unlikely politician like Rob Ford. Tossell, who has been writing about cities, technology, business and culture since 2005, is the author of The Gift of Ford, the story of a mayor who unwittingly made possible a resurgence of the urban values that unite conservatives and liberals alike. In this unique event, select presenters will share their great ideas for Toronto’s future.

February 27: All five finalists of this year’s Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction take to the stage for a lively panel discussion. Join Carol Bishop-Gwyn (The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca), Tim Cook (Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars), Sandra Djwa (Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page), Ross King (Leonardo and The Last Supper) and Andrew Preston (Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy) for an event like no other. The winner of this year's $25,000 prize will be announced March 4.

Bios of all participants are available at readings.org 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 readings.org.

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 8,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 20 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 24 – November 3, 2013), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15–16, 2013).
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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jennifer Asselin: jasselin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
Nicole Baute: nbaute@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-5836
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