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INTERNATIONAL VISITORS PROGRAMME ANNOUNCES 2013 PARTICIPANTS AND THE CANADIAN EDITORIAL FELLOW

TORONTO, July 11, 2013 ----- The International Visitors (IV) Programme, in association with Authors at Harbourfront Centre, is pleased to announce the participants for this year's programme. In October 2013, the IV Programme celebrates its sixth year of welcoming publishing professionals from around the world to Toronto during the International Festival of Authors (IFOA). Participants benefit from five days of scheduled inter-industry dialogue with the goal of increasing opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers abroad. This year's IV Programme runs from October 27-31, 2013.

Highlights of the 2013 session will be a highly anticipated panel event featuring discussion of acquisition lists from major international publishers, as well as the new IV alumni programme. Participants will also partake in a full schedule of publisher-hosted events and receptions, a mini rights fair, an industry-focused keynote address and a number of IFOA onstage events.

"The line-up of Fellows and Guests is as strong as ever this year," says Iris Tupholme, IV Programme Committee Chair. "I'm thrilled to say that we have seen a deluge of inquiries from international publishing professionals. The IV Programme has hosted 100 publishers, editors, literary festival directors, agents and scouts over the past five years in Toronto and is a highlight of the Canadian publishing calendar."

For the second year, the IV Programme has awarded the Canadian Editorial Fellowship, an opportunity for a mid-career Canadian editor to meet with the international publishing executives in attendance. The 2013 Canadian Editorial Fellowship has been awarded to Pamela Murray, Senior Editor at Random House of Canada.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as the Canadian Editorial Fellow this year," says Murray. "It will be an honour to welcome the international visitors to Toronto and the IFOA, and to count myself among their number."

Confirmed participants to date include: Hans Jürgen Balmes, Editor-in-Chief, S. Fischer Verlage (Germany); Juliet Brooke, Senior Editor, Chatto & Windus, Random House (UK); Judith Curr, President and Publisher, Atria Books (USA); Gráinne Fox, Literary Agent, Fletcher & Company (USA); Louise Loiselle, Publisher, Flammarion Québec (Canada); Ursula Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Little, Brown Book Group (UK); Ravi Mirchandani, Editor-in-Chief, Atlantic Books (UK); Scott Moyers, Publisher, Penguin Press (USA); Alexandra Pearson, Managing Director, Bookworm International Literary Festival (China); Chiki Sarkar, Publisher, Penguin Books India; Mary Anne Thompson, Literary Agent, Mary Anne Thompson Associates (USA); Gašper Troha, Programme Director, Vilenica International Literary Festival (Slovenia); Magdalena Vodopija, Director, Udruga Sa(n)jam knjige u Istri (Croatia); Kazuto Yamaguchi, Editor, Kodansha Publishing (Japan); Maya Ziv, Editor, HarperCollins Publishers (USA). Further guests are to be confirmed.

The IV Programme Committee contains representatives from a number of organizations within the Canadian literary community, including the IFOA. The main IV Programme Committee for 2013 is: Chair, Iris Tupholme, HarperCollins Canada; Marilyn Biderman, Marilyn Biderman Literary Management; David Caron, ECW Press; Alison Jones, Quill & Quire; Andrea Magyar, Penguin Group (Canada); Craig Pyette, Random House of Canada; Doug Richmond, HarperCollins Canada; Lisa Rundle, HarperCollins Canada; Christine Saratsiotis, Authors at Harbourfront Centre; Samantha J. Haywood, Transatlantic Agency; Geoffrey E. Taylor, Authors at Harbourfront Centre; Alana Wilcox, Coach House Books; Matt Williams, House of Anansi Press/Groundwood Books, and Julia Yu, Authors at Harbourfront Centre.

For more information about the IV Programme please visit the newly updated www.ivprogramme.com.

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