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March at International Readings Presents the World in Literature

TORONTO, February 22, 2005--International Readings at Harbourfront Centre’s Spring 2005 season continues this March with five nights of intriguing world fiction and global issues presented by leading literary corespondents. Dispatches will be delivered from Afghanistan, Iraq, Ireland, South Africa and Trinidad as well as Quebec and the streets of Toronto. All events take place in the Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $8, free for members and students (with valid ID). For more information and to book tickets the public may visit www.readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416.973.4000.

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

Warren Dunford is the author of two previous novels for the cinemaphile, Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture and Making A Killing. He reads from his new novel, The Scene Stealer, a thrilling tale about real and fictionalized kidnappings.

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 and full-time students (with valid ID), available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org

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Wednesday, March 9, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Gary Geddes, Paul William Roberts and Jessica Warner

Gary Geddes is the award-winning author of more than thirty books which have sold 150,000 copies in total. He reads from Kingdom Of Ten Thousand Things, an extraordinary adventure tracking a mythical monk from Kabul to China to pre-Columbus North America.

Paul William Roberts is one of Canada’s foremost experts on Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books and was awarded the National Magazine award for his personal account of the 1991 Iraq war. He reads from A War Against Truth, a new book on Iraq which has recently been nominated for the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.

Jessica Warner is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling book Craze: Gin and Debauchery in an Age of Reason. She reads from The Incendiary, “a fine story about an eccentric subject... an accomplished balance between research and storytelling (Quill & Quire).

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

TICKETS: $8 or free for members and full-time students (with valid ID), available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Robert Antoni, Rozena Maart and Elliott Perlman

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.

Rozena Maart was nominated for South Africa’s Woman of the Year Award and won the Journey Prize in 1992. She reads from Rosa’s District 6, a “terrifically ferocious story about a young girl’s sudden education in the erotic lives of women” (Globe and Mail).

Elliot Perlman is a barrister and “a marvelous storyteller” (The Observer). He is the author Three Dollars and Reasons I Won’t Be Coming which won the Betty Trask Award (UK) and the Fellowship of Australian Writers Book of the Year Award. Perlman reads from Seven Types of Ambiguity, a new novel.

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

TICKETS: $8 or free for members and full-time students (with valid ID), available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Frank Delany, 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’s 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 and full-time students (with valid ID), available at 416.973.4000 or www.readings.org

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
George Elliott Clarke, Lauren B. Davis and Kristin den Hartog

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 bestselling 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.

Kristen den Hartog is the acclaimed author of Water Wings and The Perpetual Ending, which was nominated for the City of Toronto Book Award. She reads from Origin of Haloes “a haunting, heart-rending masterpiece penned in incandescent ink” (George Elliott Clarke).

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

TICKETS: $8 or free for members and full-time students (with valid ID), 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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