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International Readings Presents ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers

TORONTO, March 22, 2005-International Readings is pleased to announce ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers. Taking place June 24 – 26, 2005 the inaugural Festival features three exciting days of free readings, autograph sessions and other book related events for young people at various venues throughout Harbourfront Centre.

Confirmed participants include; Frank Beddor, Sharee Fitch, Mem Fox, Mary Hoffman, Susan Juby, Clem Martini, Brian McFarlane, Ridley Pearson and Jacqueline Wilson as well as surprise appearances by a some of today’s most popular personalities. Attendees searching for books to wile away the hot summer days will be pleased to discover an expansive market stocked and staffed by a consortium of Toronto’s best retailers for young readers. For more information and updates the public may visit www.readings.org or call 416.973.4000.

Please read on for further details on confirmed participants.

Frank Beddor is a world champion freestyle skier, blockbuster stuntman and famous movie producer and actor. His book, The Looking Glass Wars, reveals the horrible truth behind Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland.

Sheree Fitch’s books have received numerous prizes including the Mr. Christie Book Award. She reads from The Gravesavers, a new novel featuring lots of bone-chilling mystery, rock n’ roll excitement and soaring romance.

Mem Fox is the Australian author of more than two dozen picture books for children, including the classics Possum Magic and Koala Lou. Hunwick’s Egg tells the story of a mysterious egg and a wise young rodent.

Although Mary Hoffman’s aspiration as a child was to be a garage mechanic, she eventually became an author and has written approximately eighty books. She reads from Stravaganza City of Flowers, the third installment in the bestselling Stravaganza series.

While reading Susan Juby’s Miss Smithers Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries) says “I laughed until diet soda came out of my nose at Alice’s wild and wacky adventures.” An expert on both friendship and fabric, Juby dropped out of fashion design college to begin her writing career as the creator of the Alice series of books for young women.

Clem Martini’s Feather and Bone: The Crow Chronicles has recently been optioned for production as a 3-D animated feature film. He will read from The Mob, book one in the exciting trilogy of birds and mayhem which also includes The Plague and The Judgement.

Brian McFarlane’s twenty-seven years of experience as a commentator at Maple Leaf Gardens and on Hockey Night in Canada have made him one of the most famous sports historians in the world. He reads from The Baseball Thief, his most recent novel.

Ridley Pearson plays bass guitar for the Rockbottom Remainders, a band which also features novelists Stephen King and Amy Tan. He reads from Peter and the Starcatchers, an exciting and treacherous new book that reveals shocking secrets about Peter Pan.

Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel at the age of nine and has since won countless prizes for her books, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. Fabulous stories such as Diamond Girls and Best Friends have made her the most frequently borrowed author in the U.K. library system.

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International Readings
at Harbourfront Centre

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).

Harbourfront Centre Summer 2005
June 17 through September 5, 2005
Multiple venues at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Info: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Every summer weekend, Harbourfront Centre presents top Canadian and International artists in music, dance, theatre, film, food, readings, visual arts and family activities at multiple venues, including the CIBC Stage. All events are free admission.
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