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TORONTO, March 18, 2013 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre’s (AUTHORS) 39th season continues this April with three fantastic events including Poetry NOW: 5th annual Battle of the Bards (April 3), readings by Jennifer Close, Amity Gaige and Ruth Ozeki (April 10), and an evening with international bestselling author Kate Atkinson (April 15).

April 3: In celebration of National Poetry Month, 20 poets face off in Poetry NOW: 5th annual Battle of the Bards. This year’s participants are Rosemary Aubert, Giles Benaway, Josephine Dion Casey, Warren Clements, Glen Downie, Baila Ellenbogen, Kim Fahner, Mathew Henderson, Al Hunter, Amanda Jernigan, Beatriz Hausner, Shannon Maguire, Christine McNair, Jim Nason, Lillian Necakov, Peter Norman, John Oughton, Jim Smith, Natalie Zina Walschots and Lisa Young. A jury made up of Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall will select one poet to win an invitation to read at the 34th annual International Festival of Authors (October 24 to November 3, 2013) and have their book advertised in NOW Magazine. Long-time IFOA interviewer and NOW Magazine editor Susan G. Cole hosts.

April 10: Jennifer Close, author of the bestselling novel Girls in White Dresses, presents The Smart One, a story of sibling rivalry, thwarted expectations and that place you return to when things go staggeringly awry: home. Fulbright Fellowship recipient Amity Gaige shares her third novel, Schroder, a meditation on history, fatherhood and the many identities we take on in our lives—those we are born with and those we construct for ourselves. Award-winning writer and filmmaker Ruth Ozeki presents A Tale for the Time Being, the story of a novelist who stumbles upon a 16-year-old girl’s diary and is pulled into both the girl’s past and her own future.

April 15: Critically acclaimed author Kate Atkinson reads from and discusses her latest novel, Life After Life. Atkinson is the author of the short story collection Not the End of the World and the novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Behind the Scenes at the Museum and Case Histories, which won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and was developed into a successful television series on the BBC. Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. Atkinson will be interviewed by the CBC's Eleanor Wachtel for Writers & Company. This event takes place on a Monday.

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

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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