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TORONTO, September 6, 2013 — The 40th season of IFOA is here, along with our new website,, and a jam-packed literary line-up for the fall. IFOA Weekly events this autumn include the highly anticipated Toronto launch of Joseph Boyden’s new book, The Orenda (September 18), a conversation with beloved author Alexander McCall Smith (November 12), and readings and interviews with critically acclaimed writers Ann Patchett (November 11) and Amy Tan (November 21). Tickets are now on sale at

September 18: At this special Toronto launch event, Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden reads from his new novel, The Orenda, about the kidnapping of a young Iroquois girl, her Huron Nation captor and a Jesuit missionary. This reading will be followed by an interview with CBC Metro Morning host Matt Galloway.

September 25: Authors affiliated with The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), a national organization of over 1,900 professional book writers, share their work in celebration of TWUC’s 40th anniversary. Lawrence Hill, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, will read at this event, along with other members. The evening will be hosted by the Executive Director of TWUC, John Degen.

November 11: Award-winning author Ann Patchett reads from and discusses her new book of essays, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, in which she examines the experiences that have shaped her as a daughter, wife and writer. Patchett will be interviewed by author Emma Donoghue.

November 12: Beloved author Alexander McCall Smith reads from and discusses The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, the latest instalment in his bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series, set in Botswana.

November 21: New York Times-bestselling author Amy Tan reads from and discusses her new novel, The Valley of Amazement, a magnificent family saga of fate and identity spanning 50 years and two continents. This event takes place in the Enwave Theatre, and is specially priced at $5/free for supporters, students and youth 25 and under.

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


Since its inception in 1974, IFOA 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 (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 14–15, 2014).

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