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March participants include Claire Cameron, Charlotte Gray, Thomas King and Lorrie Moore

TORONTO, February 20, 2014 ---- IFOA Weekly’s 40th season continues next month with three exciting events: an evening with the authors nominated for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize (March 7), a reading with celebrated female writers Claire Cameron, Karen Russell and Helen Walsh (March 13) and a special interview with beloved author Lorrie Moore (March 24).

March 7: All five finalists for this year’s RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction take the stage for a lively panel discussion. Join Charlotte Gray (The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country), Thomas King (The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America), J.B. MacKinnon (The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be), Graeme Smith (The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan) and David Stouck (Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life) for an event like no other. The winner of this year's $25,000 prize will be announced Monday, March 10.

March 13: Three critically acclaimed authors read from their latest novels. Northern Lit Award winner Claire Cameron shares her suspenseful new novel, The Bear, which tells the story of two young siblings who must fend for themselves after a brutal bear attack. Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell presents Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a magical collection of stories that showcases her powerful gifts of invention and originality. Somerset Maugham Award winner Helen Walsh shares The Lemon Grove, an urgent meditation on female desire, the vicissitudes of marriage and the allure of youth.

March 24: Bestselling and award-winning author Lorrie Moore takes the stage to read from her first story collection in 15 years, Bark. In these eight masterful stories, she explores the passage of time and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, singular wisdom. This reading will be followed by an interview with Jared Bland, books editor at The Globe and Mail.

Bios of all participants are available at

Events take place at 7:30pm in the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West). Tickets are $10 to the general public, FREE for supporters, students and youth 25 and under with ID. Box Office/Information: 416-973-4000 or

Since its inception in 1974, IFOA has hosted over 8,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including over 20 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (October 23–November 2, 2014), 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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