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International Readings Resumes February 2 to Present Stars and New Voices

TORONTO, January 17, 2005–International Readings at Harbourfront Centre resumes Wednesday, February 2 to present the best in Canadian and world literature to Toronto audiences. The 2005 spring season features readings by Griffin Prize winner Margaret Avison, Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, Man Booker Prize nominee Achmat Dangor and Toronto’s Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco. Attendees can also expect the presentation of eagerly anticipated new works by Joseph Boyden, George Elliott Clarke, Umberto Eco, Catherine Gildiner and Rattawut Lapcharoensap. All events take place in the Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tickets $8, free for members.

We are happy to announce that this spring we will renew our commitment to sharing the world’s best literature with young people. Once again Starbucks Coffee Canada and International Readings at Harbourfront offer free student admission to all of this season’s events. For full details and to book tickets visit www.readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416.973.4000.

Please read on for details on the spring season’s confirmed participants.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Catherine Gildiner, Kenneth Radu and Brad Smith


Catherine Gildiner’s “writing sparkles on the page” (Literary Review of Canada). A clinical psychologist and the advice columnist for Chatelaine magazine, her memoir Too Close to the Falls was published to wide acclaim. She reads from her new novel Seduction, a globetrotting psychological thriller.

Kenneth Radu is the author of eleven books, including The Cost of Living which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and Distant Relations which was shortlisted for the Books In Canada First Novel Award. He will read from The Purest of Human Pleasures, a new novel about gardening and murder.
                               
Brad Smith is a critically acclaimed screenwriter and the author of All Hat and One-Eyed Jacks, which was shortlisted for the Dashiell Hammett and Arthur Ellis awards. He will read from Busted Flush, “a deliciously entertaining tale of uncivil war over the legacy of America's greatest conflict” (Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic).

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Wednesday, February 9, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Breathing Fire 2


International Readings presents a selection of the country’s leading young poets featured in Breathing Fire 2 an anthology of “essential reading for anyone interested in new voices in Canadian poetry” (Don McKay).

Mark Callanan’s debut collection of poetry, Scarecrow was published in 2003.

Triny Finlay’s first book, Splitting Off was published in 2004.

Adam Getty’s Reconciliation won the 2004 Gerald Lampert Award.

Jason Heroux is the author of Memoirs of An Alias.

Ray Hsu’s first collection, Anthropy was published in 2004.

Anita Lahay has published work in Arc, The Malahat Review, Grain and New Quarterly.

Chandra Mayor is the author of two books of poetry, August Witch and Cherry.

Steve McOrmond’s first book, Lean Days was published in 2004.

Alayna Munce has won Grain magazine’s Short Grain three times.

George Murray is the author of Carousel, The Cottage Builder’s Letter and The Hunter.

Alison Pick is the author of Question & Answer.

Shane Rhodes is the author of two collections of poetry, The Wireless Room and Holding Pattern.

David Seymour works in the film industry and writes poetry.

Sue Sinclair is the author of Secrets of Weather & Hope, Mortal Arguments and The Drunken Lovely Bird.

Zoe Whittall is the author of Best Ten Minutes of Your Life.
   
Hosted by Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier.

Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane are among Canada’s leading poets. Crozier is the author of over ten books of poetry, including the Governor General’s Award-winning Inventing the Hawk and most recently, Bones in Their Wings. Lane is the author of twenty-five books including the Governor Generals’s Award-winning Poems, New and Selected and his 2004 collection Go Leaving Strange. In 1995, they co-edited Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets which featured Karen Connelly, Michael Redhill and Susan Goyette. They live in Sidney, British Columbia.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Anne Giardini, Margot Livesey and Mary di Michele


Anne Giardini is a lawyer, writer and a regular columnist for the National Post. She will read from The Sad Truth About Happiness, her bittersweet debut novel exploring the roles of friendship, family and loyalty among young women.

Margot Livesey is the award-winning author of Eva Moves the Furniture, which was a New York Times Notable Book and an Atlantic Monthly Best Book of the Year. She reads from Banishing Verona, an “unlikely yet enchanting romance” told from the opposing viewpoints of troubled Verona and her Asperger’s afflicted suitor Zeke (Booklist).

Mary di Michele is the author of eight poetry collections and a previous novel, Under My Skin, a Harper's Magazine Notable Book. She will read from Tenor of Love, a novel based on the life of opera singer Enrico Caruso.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Jennifer Haigh, Rattawut Lapcharoensap and Stephen Marche


Jennifer Haigh is the author of the critically acclaimed Mrs. Kimble, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award for outstanding first fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Good Housekeeping, The Hartford Courant, Alaska Quarterly Review and Virginia Quarterly Review. She reads from Baker Towers, "An elegant, elegiac multi generational saga... Almost mythic in its ambition, somewhere between Oates and Updike country." (Kirkus Reviews).

Rattawut Lapcharoensap was born in Chicago and raised in Bangkok. His stories have appeared in Granta, Glimmer Train, Zoetrope: All Story and Best New American Voices. He reads from his first book Sightseeing, a humourous, affectionate view of life in a small Southeast Asian country that is inevitably absorbing waves of encroaching westernization.

Stephen Marche’s short fiction has appeared in Descant and The New Quarterly. His story “Garrison Creek,” originally published in The Malahat Review, was shortlisted for the 2002 O. Henry Prize. Marche will read from his debut novel Raymond and Hannah, a complicated modern romance.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
John Lavery, Hal Niedzviecki and TBC


John Lavery’s “imagination is formidable, his surreal images striking, his insights sharp” (Quill & Quire). Lavery’s debut collection of stories Very Good Butter was a Hugh MacLennan Prize finalist. He will read from You, Kwaznievski, You Piss Me Off, a new book of linked stories and novellas about a well intentioned but incompetent police officer.

Hal Niedzviecki is “a remarkable writer” (Margot Livesey). He is an acclaimed author and the founder and current fiction editor of Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts. He reads from his third novel, The Program, a fragmented, darkly humourous  mystery about the disappearance of a young boy.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org

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Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
TBC

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Robert Antoni and TBC

Robert Antoni is the author of My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales, Blessed Is the Fruit and Divina Grace, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best New Book. He reads from Carnival, a new novel examining themes of race and sexuality in a parodic recasting of The Sun Also Rises.   

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Frank Delaney, Pablo Medina and Sarah Stonich


Frank Delaney is “a storyteller in the purest Irish tradition”(Irish Post). An award-winning broadcaster, freelance journalist and a prolific novelist, he is the author of The Sins of the Mothers, Telling the Pictures, A Stranger in Their Midst, The Amesthysts, Desire and Pursuit among others. Delaney reads from his latest work Ireland: A Novel, a historical saga.

Pablo Medina came to the United States from Cuba in 1960 at the age of twelve. He is the author of a memoir, Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood; the novels The Return of Felix Nogara and The Marks of Birth as well as several volumes of poetry. He reads from The Cigar Roller, a new novel about the unexpected effects of a stroke on a Cuban factory worker.   

Sarah Stonich first novel, These Granite Islands received the Friends of American Writers award and was praised by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as a “well-paced feast. . . The kind of book that instills a hunger for more.” She reads from The Ice Chorus, a novel inspired by her travels to Ireland, Canada and Mexico.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
George Elliott Clarke, Lauren B. Davis and TBC


George Elliott Clarke is an award-winning poet, playwright and screenwriter. He is the author of six books of poetry, including Whylah Falls and Execution Poems, which won the Governor General’s Award. He reads from George and Rue, a new poetic novel which revisits the characters and murderous events detailed in Execution Poems.

Lauren B. Davis is the author of the best-selling novel The Stubborn Season and Rat Medicine and Other Unlikely Curatives, a collection of stories. She reads from The Radiant City, a new novel about a war correspondent suffering the effects of a mental breakdown among the refugee community of Paris.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Sharon Butala, James Chatto and Béa Gonzalez


Sharon Butala is “one of this country’s true visionaries” (Toronto Star). She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the author of the #1 bestseller The Perfection of Morning. She reads from Lilac Moon, a novel exploring new interpretations of the past, present and future of the Canadian West.

James Chatto is the author of The Man Who Ate Toronto as well as award-winning writing on food, wine and travel which appears frequently in leading magazines and newspapers in Canada, the U.S. and England. He reads from his memoir The Greek For Love.

Béa Gonzalez is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Bitter Taste of Time which was praised by The Vancouver Sun as “a splendid piece of literature.” She reads from The Mapmaker’s Opera, a new novel set on the eve of the Mexican Revolution.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Margaret Avison, Jennifer LoveGrove and TBC

Margaret Avison’s “poetry illuminates even the plainest material with flashes of insight and commonsense” (Globe and Mail). Avison has been awarded the Governor General’s Award twice and in 2003 she received the Griffin Poetry Prize for her collection Concrete and Wild Carrot. She reads from Always Now, Volume Three, the final installment in a career spanning retrospective.

Jennifer LoveGrove is the author of The Dagger Between Her Teeth, a collection of poems which features female pirates. She reads from I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel, a collection of poems which examine the culture of panic that infuses contemporary life, while relentlessly employing strange and startling imagery.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Catherine Chidgey, Terrence McNally and TBC


Catherine Chidgey has been described as “the most fabulous New Zealand writer alive” (Listener NZ). Her first novel, In a fishbone church won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was nominated for the Orange Prize. She reads from The Transformation, a new novel set in Florida at the turn of the 19th century which features an exotic and obsessive wigmaker to the rich and famous.

Terrence McNally is the author of the Tony Award winning dramas Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, Ragtime and Kiss of the Spiderwoman. He reads from his  “terrifically enjoyable” new book, The Stendhal Syndrome which features two plays about art and the stunning ways that it transforms us (New York Times).

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Ross Leckie and TBC


Toronto’s Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco is the author of more than a dozen books. He “has blazed one of the moving, exemplary paths in Canadian poetry” (Dennis Lee). Di Cicco reads from Dead Men of the Fifties, a rollicking tour through a hopeful decade filled with jive talkin' jazzmen, regular folks and movie stars.

Ross Leckie is currently director of Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and the editor of The Fiddlehead . His previous collections of poetry include The Authority of Roses and A Slow Light. Leckie reads from Gravity’s Plumb Line, a new collection of poetry.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org

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Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Joseph Boyden, Achmat Dangor and Christine Pountney


Joseph Boyden is the author of Born with a Tooth, a collection of stories “reminiscent of the best of Tomson Highway’s work” (Globe and Mail). He reads from Three Day Road, a new novel inspired in part by Francis Pegamahgabow, the great native sniper of World War One.

Achmat Dangor is a celebrated author and until recently was the Executive Director of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He reads from his Man Booker Prize and Dublin IMPAC Literary Award nominated novel Bitter Fruit, “a haunting story of a family disintegrating, wonderfully authentic in its context, gender and generation” (The Independent).

Christine Pountney “is a writer to watch” (Time Out UK). She is the author of the Orange Prize nominated novel, Last Chance Texaco. Pountney reads from her second novel, the best way you know how, an unflinching, insightful and witty analysis of modern marriage.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous novels and essays. He reads from The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, his fascinating new illustrated novel about a rare-book dealer living in Milan who suffers a traumatic and mysterious loss of memory.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org


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Since its inception in 1974, International Readings has hosted more than 4,500 authors from 100 countries, including thirteen Nobel Laureates. International Readings provides Canadian authors an internationally recognized stage on which to present their work and brings the best of world literature to Canada. Our season includes weekly Readings, the annual International Festival of Authors (October 19 - 29, 2005) and ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (June 24-26, 2005).
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