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TORONTO, April 15, 2013 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) brings to the stage programming for all ages this May. Sri Lankan Canadian writer Shyam Selvadurai reads from his latest work (May 1), two-time finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award Claire Messud shares her most recent novel (May 6), thousands of young readers descend upon Harbourfront Centre for the annual Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ and ALOUD: a Celebration of Young Readers (May 15 & 16), multiple award-winning author Benjamin Percy takes the stage (May 22) and award-winning writer of fiction, television and film Rhidian Brook presents his latest work (May 29).

May 1: The author of more than 25 books of fiction, essays and poems, Mia Couto presents The Tuner of Silences, translated from the Portuguese by David Brookshaw it paints a shocking portrait of the intergenerational legacies of war. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka Shyam Selvadurai shares his latest novel, The Hungry Ghosts, which shows how racial, political and sexual differences can tear apart both a country and the human heart—not just once, but many times, until the ghosts are fed and freed. Set against the backdrop of WWII Manhattan’s glittering French expat community and emerging fashion scene, Ania Szado reads from Studio Saint-Ex, which finds The Little Prince author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry within a tempestuous love triangle.

May 6: Born in South Africa, one-time journalist Kenneth Bonert reads from The Lion Seeker, the story of an irrepressible Jewish boy and his indelible mother in 1930s South Africa. Internationally bestselling author Lewis DeSoto’s latest novel The Restoration Artist explores the intersection of creativity and love and the ways in which the past is woven into the present. Two-time finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Claire Messud presents The Woman Upstairs, the story of Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher who finds herself falling in love with the family of one of her students.

May 15 & 16: On May 15, ALOUD: a Celebration of Young Readers presents Teresa Toten and Eric Walters, who lead a workshop focused on their young adult novel The Taming, and the subject of love. Megan Crewe (The Way We Fall) and Lena Coakley (Witchlanders) present a workshop on exploring feelings through writing. On May 16 Kevin Sylvester (Neil Flambé and the Crusader’s Curse and Splinters) leads a cartooning workshop and Evan Munday (The Dead Kid Detective Agency) shows the young readers how to write a mystery of their own. Tickets to ALOUD are included in the price of admission to Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ ($15), an annual two-day event hosted in collaboration with the Ontario Library Association. These are daytime events. Visit for the full schedule. Please note these events take place on a Wednesday and Thursday.

May 22: Accomplished screenwriter and author Andrew Kaufman shares his latest novel, Born Weird, the story of Annie and her five grandchildren who must come together before she dies in order for her to lift the curse she bestowed upon each of them when they were born. Set during the 19th century, Claire Mulligan’s second novel, The Dark retells the epic true story of the Fox Sisters and the rise of Spiritualism. In Red Moon, the latest from multiple award-winning writer Benjamin Percy, the night is coming when an unrecognizable world will emerge and the battle for humanity will begin.

May 29: Award-winning writer of fiction, television and film Rhidian Brook, shares The Aftermath a story about our fiercest loyalties, deepest desires and the transformative power of forgiveness. Poet and fiction writer Natalee Caple presents her latest novel, In Calamity's Wake, the story of orphaned Miette’s quest to find her mother, the notorious Calamity Jane. Sri Lankan born Ru Freeman reads from On Sal Mal Lane, exploring the lives of the diverse families that live on Sal Mal Lane and the heartbreaking ways this once harmonious community turns on one another with the country on the brink of war.

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 members, 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 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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