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International Festival of Authors Update

TORONTO, October 14, 2004---The International Festival if Authors (IFOA) is pleased to announce several additions to its stellar line-up, including readings by Kristin Gore, Zoë Heller, Alice Munro, Miriam Toews and many more. Full details are below.

The world renowned IFOA, "the book world's version of baseball's All-Star game" (Wall Street Journal), starts next week, running from October 20 to 30, 2004. Please note the media kit is available online at

For tickets and information, the public should call 416.973.4000 or visit All events are at Harbourfront Centre, in York Quay Centre or at the Premiere Dance Theatre. A number of free tickets for high school and post-secondary students are available for each event, please reserve early to avoid disappointment. Students are asked to present student ID when picking up their reserved ticket.


AUTHOR ADDITIONS: All six shortlisted authors for the 2004 Giller Prize will read on IFOA's closing night

We are pleased to announce that all six shortlisted authors for the 2004 Giller Prize will read on the Festival's closing night. Shauna Singh Baldwin, Wayson Choy, Pauline Holdstock, Alice Munro, Paul Quarrington and Miriam Toews will read at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 30.


AUTHOR ADDITION: Kristin Gore will be reading at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, with Clare Boylan, Kate Pullinger and Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Kristin Gore’s (U.S.A.) debut novel, Sammy’s Hill, gives readers an insider’s view of life and love on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. “This first novel by Al Gore's daughter is a fun, fast read, anchored by likable heroine Samantha Joyce, who spends her days toiling as domestic policy adviser to the noble Ohio senator Robert Gary, while neurotically carving out a social and romantic life” (Publishers Weekly). Kristin Gore was born in 1977 and graduated from Harvard, where she wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. She has written for several television shows during the past five years, including Saturday Night Live and Futurama. Gore lives in Boston. “Readers will have fun trying to figure out the real political figures represented in Gore's book, but the true joy is the delightful Sammy herself, a quirky, clever, and completely lovable heroine whose charming narration is guaranteed to have readers in stitches” (Booklist, starred review).


AUTHOR ADDITION: Zoë Heller will be taking part in Granta magazine's 25th anniversary event at 3 p.m. with Ian Jack and J. Robert Lennon

Zoë Heller (UK.) is a Granta contributor. Her writing has appeared in various publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the London Review of Books and the New Republic. She is the author of Everything You Know and, recently, What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal which was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize.


INTERVIEWER ADDITION: David Young will be interviewing Russell Banks at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 23.

David Young (Canada) is a Toronto playwright and screenwriter. Recent plays include Glenn and Inexpressible Island. His adaptation of Alistair MacLeod's No Great Mischief opens at the Tarragon Theatre on November 9th. His four-hour dramatic mini-series about a medical relief team working in South Sudan will be broadcast on CBC television in 2005. Several years ago David and Russell Banks teamed up to climb Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.


INTERVIEWER ADDITION: Brian Johnson will be interviewing Norman Jewison at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 30.

Brian Johnson (Canada) is a senior film writer for Maclean's magazine.


MODERATOR ADDITION: Peter Kavanagh will be joining our roster of round table discussion moderators that includes Rachel Giese, Daniel Richler, Tina Srebotnjak, Eleanor Wachtel and Carolyn Weaver.

Peter Kavanagh (Canada) is a senior producer with CBC Radio's Current Affairs Department. He works with the programs the Sunday Edition and Ideas and on Network Specials. His passion is the printed word. He will be moderating the Round Table at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, with authors Suzanne Brogger, Clare Boylan, Ulrikka S. Gernes, Colin McAdam and Edgardo Vega Yunqué.



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