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TORONTO, August 25, 2014 ---- Heading into its 41st season, IFOA Weekly is delighted to announce the details of its fall line-up—one of its best yet. Enjoy a highly anticipated conversation between acclaimed authors Ben Lerner and Ian McEwan, readings by crime fiction specialist Peter May and gothic horror novelist Eric McCormack, an interview with award-winning author David Mitchell, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of indie publisher Biblioasis, a riveting panel discussion between members of The Writers’ Union of Canada and the first-ever Open Book Ontario literary salon.

September 17, Fleck Dance Theatre: Celebrated American novelist Ben Lerner and Man Booker Prize-winning author Ian McEwan read from and discuss their latest novels with host of CBC’s As It Happen's Carol Off. Lerner presents his electric second book, 10:04, which explores sex, friendship, medicine, memory, art and politics, while McEwan presents The Children Act, a brilliant novel about a High Court judge struggling with a difficult family court case and her own crumbling marriage.

September 17: Award-winning Scottish crime fiction author Peter May and renowned Canadian mystery writer Eric McCormack read from their latest novels: May from the second book in his bestselling police trilogy, The Lewis Man, and McCormack from Cloud, an intimate and perplexing study of how the past haunts us.

September 20, 3pm: David Mitchell, the critically acclaimed and much-beloved author of Cloud Atlas, takes the stage to read from and discuss his latest novel, The Bone Clocks, with The Globe and Mail Arts editor, Jared Bland. This hypnotic Rubik’s cube of a book tells the story of a teenage runaway and a surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world.

September 24: Join indie publisher Biblioasis for a special celebration of their 10th anniversary. CanLit stars Mike Barns, Alexander MacLeod, John Metcalf, K.D. Miller, Kathy Page, Ray Robertson, Leon Rooke, Rebecca Rosenblum, Diane Schoemperlen and Kathleen Winter share anecdotes and accolades about their experience with the press, and read from their Biblioasis-published works.

October 1: The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is a national organization of over 1,900 professional book writers. Members Wayson Choy, Emma Donoghue and Emily Pohl-Weary take the stage to discuss what it means to write in Canada today. Mark Medley, the National Post’s books editor, moderates.

October 8: Open Book Ontario launches their Open Book Explorer project with a special literary salon featuring Canadian authors Kamal Al-Solaylee, Camilla Gibb and Steven Heighton, who talk writing and place. Becky Toyne hosts.

Bios of all participants are available at

Events take place at 7:30pm in the Bill Boyle Artport (formerly York Quay Centre) at 235 Queens Quay West, unless otherwise noted. 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 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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