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TORONTO, August 15, 2014 ----- IFOA is delighted to announce the headliner for the 2014 PEN Canada Benefit, as well as over 25 additional participants in the 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors, which takes place October 23 to November 2, 2014. Attendees of the Festival can enjoy literary talent from across the globe in a number of events, including readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews and free book signings.

Iconic Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will headline PEN Canada’s annual benefit on the opening night of the International Festival of Authors, October 23, at 8pm in the Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre. Cronenberg will present his debut novel, Consumed, which tells the story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher’s death becomes a surreal journey into a global conspiracy. Tickets are $100, with all proceeds going to PEN Canada, and are available for purchase now via the IFOA box office (416-973-4000) or through

The Festival’s 11-day line-up currently includes over 100 authors writing in genres from literary fiction to historical non-fiction, poetry to crime. Expect Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning authors David Adams Richards and Johanna Skibsrud; prominent European writers Andrés Barba, Andrej Blatnik and Jacek Dehnel; Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning authors Michael Crummey and Francis Itani; celebrated Can Lit authors Aislinn Hunter, Joseph Kertes, Carrie Snyder, Miriam Toews and Kathleen Winter; crime novelist John McFetridge; 2014 Man Booker Prize-longlisted author David Nicholls; acclaimed UK novelists Adam Foulds and Sarah Waters; hilarious wordsmiths Elyse Friedman, Robert Glancy and Simon Rich; talented Canadian poets Gary Geddes, Julie Joosten, Sina Queyras and Jacob Scheier; debut American novelist Matthew Thomas; renowned Canadian historians Ted Barris, J.L. Granatstein and Charlotte Gray; bestselling Australian author Tim Winton and many others.

For a full list of announced names, please visit our website. More names will be released soon—stay tuned!

In addition to the PEN Benefit, tickets to six other special IFOA events are already on sale and can be purchased through or by phone at 416-973-4000:

Oct. 23YoungIFOA: Robin Stevenson
Oct. 23 YoungIFOA: Rebecca Upjohn and Renné Benoit
Oct. 24YoungIFOA: Susin Nielsen
Oct. 26Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction shortlist panel
Oct. 27Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction shortlist readings
Oct. 29Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize shortlist readings

Tickets to most IFOA events go on sale September 9, 2014 and are priced at $18/$15 for supporters/free for students and youth 25 and under (subject to availability). Some exceptions apply.

Available again this year is a Festival Flex Pass. This is a chance to purchase a bundle of 10 tickets for one low price of $120 (plus a service charge). Purchase a Festival Flex Pass to reserve tickets in advance without committing to specific performances and save money! Tickets can be obtained over the phone or in person for any regular-priced event ($18) during the Festival in any combination, subject to availability.

For more information about IFOA and for programming updates, the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.


PEN Canada is a nonpartisan organization of writers that works with others to defend freedom of expression as a basic human right, at home and abroad. PEN Canada promotes literature, fights censorship, helps free persecuted writers from prison and assists writers living in exile in Canada.

Since its inception in 1974, IFOA has hosted over 8,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 21 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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