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International Readings to close 30th anniversary year with Tom Wolfe

TORONTO, November 15, 2004---Now in its 30th year, International Readings is one of the oldest and most admired public reading programmes in the world. The Series is famous for bringing the most exciting Canadian and international writers to Toronto. International Readings is pleased to announce it will close its 30th anniversary year with Tom Wolfe reading from his new smash hit novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons, and in conversation with Ian Brown. Full details below.

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Tom Wolfe
reading and in conversation with Ian Brown

Tuesday, December 14, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
Convocation Hall, University of Toronto

Tickets: $15/$10 for members, and there is a block of free tickets available for students (reservations necessary to guarantee a seat)
Call 416.973.4000 for information and tickets

Tom Wolfe is the triumphant author of more than a dozen books, including the bestsellers The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, A Man in Full, and The Bonfire of the Vanities, which alone has sold nearly four million copies in hardcover and paperback. Wolfe’s success continues with his latest book, I Am Charlotte Simmons. In this engaging novel, Wolfe takes on university life—from jocks to mutants, “dormcest” to tailgating—plus race, class, sex, and basketball. The Library Journal raves that “his style of writing is awe inspiring” and Forbes Magazine declares, “the finest essayist-cum-novelist-cum-reporter of our era, Wolfe combines lively writing and endless energy with an astonishingly astute, ever-curious eye.” A native of Richmond, Virginia, Wolfe earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

Ian Brown is the host of Talking Books, a weekly half-hour literary panel on Canada’s pre-eminent, nationally-broadcast public radio show This Morning. He is also a guest feature writer for The Globe and Mail and the host of Human Edge, a weekly documentary series on TVOntario. The author of the books Man Overboard and Freewheeling, Brown contributes to numerous magazines and has won seven national magazine awards for his travel, business, arts and political writing.

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International Readings
Since its inception in 1974, the weekly reading series has hosted more than 4,000 authors from 100 countries and thirteen Nobel laureates. International Readings gives Canadian authors an internationally recognized stage on which to present their work and brings the best of world literature to Canada. The annual International Festival of Authors (October 19 - 29, 2005) takes place over 11 days and has been the pinnacle event of the year-round International Readings for twenty-five years.
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