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IFOA WEEKLY’S 40TH SEASON WRAPS WITH APPEARANCES BY TOP LITERARY TALENT
June participants include Michael Cunningham, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Tom Rachman

TORONTO, May 12, 2014 ---- In June, IFOA Weekly hosts four exciting events before wrapping up its 40th season: an interview with acclaimed novelist Michael Cunningham (June 2), a special celebration of the recent partnership between IFOA and The Word On The Street Toronto (June 18), the 2014 Book Summit: In Bed with the Reader (June 19) and readings by authors Emma Healey, Linda Holeman and Tom Rachman (June 25).

June 2: Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham kicks off the month with a reading from and interview about his latest novel, The Snow Queen, a tale of two New York brothers searching for transcendence. One is a struggling musician who’s trying to write the perfect love song for his terminally ill wife, while the other has unexpectedly turned to religion after seeing a peculiar light in the sky. Carol Off, host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens, conducts the interview.

June 18: New partners IFOA and The Word On The Street Toronto are celebrating their 40th and 25th anniversaries with a special event called When Words Collide. Enjoy live performances and activities with over 25 renowned Canadian authors, including Linwood Barclay, Dave Bidini, Jowita Bydlowska, LynnCrosbie, Helen Humphreys, Andrew Kaufman, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Andrew Pyper, Alissa York and Zoe Whitall. The CBC’s Garvia Bailey hosts.

June 19: Book Summit 2014: In Bed with the Reader is a day-long industry event for publishing professionals, presented by the Book and Periodical Council and Humber College, in association with IFOA. Featuring a keynote address by Sara Critchfield, editorial director of the fast-growing viral media website Upworthy, the conference will include practical labs on marketing, social media, measurability, branding and book distribution, as well as informative panels about new models in the publishing world. The day begins at 8:45am. Tickets are $166.25 regular / $143.50 group / $92.75 student/senior.

June 25: In the final event of the season, three brilliant authors take the stage to read from their latest works. Debut novelist Emma Healey reads from Elizabeth is Missing, a psychological mystery about an elderly woman with a rapidly dissolving memory who is trying to find her best friend. Bestselling Canadian author Linda Holeman presents her latest piece of historical fiction, The Devil on Her Tongue, a spellbinding story of loss, romance and betrayal set in 18th-century Portugal. Critically acclaimed novelist Tom Rachman reads from The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, an intricately woven tale about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.

Bios of all participants are available at ifoa.org.

Events take place at 7:30pm in the Bill Boyle Artport (formerly the York Quay Centre) at 235 QueensQuay 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 ifoa.org.

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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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Maeve O’Regan: moregan@ifoa.org; 416-973-5836
Meghan Gribben: mgribben@ifoa.org; 416-973-4395

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