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TORONTO, July 23, 2014 ----- The International Visitors (IV) Programme, in association with IFOA, is pleased to announce its 2014 participants. This October, the Programme celebrates its seventh year of hosting publishing professionals from around the world during the International Festival of Authors in Toronto (October 23–November 2, 2014). Participants benefit from five days of scheduled inter-industry dialogue with the goal of increasing opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers abroad. The 2014 IV Programme runs from October 26–30.

“Each fall, the International Visitors Programme welcomes publishers, editors, literary scouts, festival directors, literary agents and rights managers to Toronto to meet their Canadian colleagues,” says Iris Tupholme, Vice-President, Executive Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of HarperCollins Canada. “The Programme has firmly established itself as a key part of the fall publishing calendar.”

Highlights of the 2014 session will be a panel event featuring discussion of acquisition lists from major international publishers, a full schedule of publisher-hosted events and receptions, a mini rights fair and an industry-focused keynote address by famed American literary agent Andrew Wylie, whose eponymous agency boasts clients like Martin Amis, Dave Eggers and Salman Rushdie.

The confirmed 2014 IV participants, who hail from 13 different countries, are: Shona Barrett, General Manager, Melbourne Writers Festival (Australia); Melissa Danaczko, Editor, Doubleday/Penguin Random House (USA); Mehmet Demirta, Director, ITEF – Turkish Festival (Istanbul); Catherine Eccles, Literary Scout, Anne Louise Fisher Associates (UK); Caroline Fortin, Directrice Générale – Publisher, Les Éditions Québec Amérique (Canada); Amy Gash, Senior Editor, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (USA); Ben George, Senior Editor, Little, Brown US (USA); Dani Gill, Programme Director, Cúirt International Festival of Literature (Ireland); Peter Goff, Managing Director, Bookworm Literary Festival (China); Marie-Pierre Gracedieu, Editor, Editions Gallimard (France); Chris Herschdorfer, Director, Ambo|Anthos uitgevers (Netherlands); Maja Kavzar Hudej, Acting Programme Director, Vilenica Festival (Slovenia); Sarah Knight, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster US (USA); Nermin Mollaoglu, Director, ITEF – Turkish Festival (Istanbul); Anne-Solange Noble, Director of Foreign Rights, Editions Gallimard (France); Simon Prosser, Publishing Director, Hamish Hamilton & Viking, Penguin UK (UK); Hilary Redmon, Executive Editor, Ecco Books, HarperCollins US (USA); Kathrin Scheel, Rights Director, Schöffling & Co. Verlag (Germany); Martin Solotruk, Director, Ars Poetica International (Slovakia); Mite Stefoski, Director, Struga Poetry Evenings (Macedonia); Jadranka Vrsalovic-Carevic, Head of Office, Institut Ramon Llull (USA) and Xuanlong Zhou, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, People's Literature Publishing House Co., Ltd. (China). Further guests are to be confirmed.

For the third year, the IV Programme has awarded the Canadian Editorial Fellowship, an opportunity for a mid-career Canadian editor to meet with the international publishing executives in attendance. The 2014 Canadian Editorial Fellowship has been awarded to Jane Warren, Editor at HarperCollins Canada.

“I’m honoured to have been chosen to be part of the esteemed IV Programme,” says Warren, “and to have the opportunity to continue to build relationships with other Canadian and international publishing professionals.”

The IV Programme Committee contains representatives from a number of organizations within the Canadian literary community, including the IFOA. The main IV Programme Committee for 2014 is: Chair, Iris Tupholme, HarperCollins Canada; Erin Balser, CBC Books; Marilyn Biderman, Marilyn Biderman Literary Management; Alison Clarke, Simon & Schuster Canada; Andrea Magyar, Penguin Group (Canada); Karen McMullin, Dundurn Press; Lien de Nil, Westwood Creative Artists; Craig Pyette, Random House of Canada; Doug Richmond, HarperCollins Canada; Lisa Rundle, HarperCollins Canada; Christine Saratsiotis, IFOA; Geoffrey E. Taylor, IFOA; Matt Williams, House of Anansi Press/Groundwood Books, and Julia Yu, IFOA.

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