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TORONTO, April 4, 2013 --- After a well fought battle of words Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) names Peter Norman, author of Water Damage, as the winner of the 5th annual Battle of the Bards. For the fifth year in a row, AUTHORS, in partnership with NOW Magazine, welcomed 19 upcoming and established poets to the stage Wednesday evening (April 3). A jury comprising the Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall selected Norman following his captivating performance. As the winner, Norman receives an invitation to read at the 34th annual International Festival of Authors (October 24 to November 3) and an ad for his book in NOW Magazine.

Born in Vancouver, Peter Norman has since lived in Victoria, Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, Dartmouth and now Toronto, where he works as a freelance editor. His first poetry collection, At the Gates of the Theme Park, was a finalist for the Trillium Poetry Book Award. He is also the author of several poetry chapbooks and has given readings across Canada. Norman read from Water Damage, a funny and chilling collection full of mad sonnets, outrageous prose poems, anagrammatic acrobatics, dark tributes, found poems and many other experiments in form and story-telling.

AUTHORS has also invited four additional Poetry NOW participants to read at IFOA: Warren Clements (Bird Doggerel), Beatriz Hausner (Enter the Raccoon), Mathew Henderson (The Lease) and Christine McNair (Conflict).

In February 2013, AUTHORS, in partnership with NOW Magazine, invited submissions from poets whose works have been published within the past five years and are currently in print with a trade publisher. AUTHORS selected 20 readers via a random draw of all eligible submissions following the deadline for submissions on February 28. The poets selected read on the evening of April 3 in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room. Al Hunter was unable to attend leaving 19 poets to compete.

Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly events continue through June 2013. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

Authors at Harbourfront Centre
Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted more than 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 to 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 and 16, 2013).

About NOW Magazine
Toronto's independent weekly, NOW Magazine, was launched Thursday, September 10, 1981, as the city's alternative voice. After starting with just five staff members, founding owner/operators Michael Hollett and Alice Klein have seen the weekly grow to become a key cultural and political voice in Toronto—and Canada—with more than 100 employees.

NOW Magazine is available every Thursday from over 3,300 racks and boxes across the Greater Toronto Area, online at and on iPad.


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