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International Readings at Harbourfront Centre - April Events

Toronto, March 24, 2005-International Readings celebrates National Poetry Month this April 13 and 27 with events featuring Griffin Prize winner Margaret Avison, experimental lyricist Jay MillAr and Toronto’s Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco. April Readings also include an appearance by Tony Award winning dramatist Terrence McNally in association with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage: Flying Solo (April 13 – May 1). All events take place in 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 or call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416.973.4000.

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

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 newpapers 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.


Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Margaret Avison, Evelyn Lau, Jennifer LoveGrove and Jay MillAr
Lakeside Terrace

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.

Evelyn Lau is “one of our great confessional writers” (Calgary Herald). Her debut, Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid remained on The Globe and Mail bestseller list for 30 weeks and has since been published in several countries around the world. She reads from Treble, a new collection of poetry.

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.

Jay MillAr is a writer, editor, publisher, bookseller and environmental research assistant. He is the author of The Ghosts of Jay MillAr and Mycological Studies which was shortlisted for the ReLit Poetry Prize. He reads from False Maps and Other Creatures, a new collection of poetry.

Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage: Flying Solo


Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Catherine Chidgey, Charlotte Gill and Terrence McNally
Lakeside Terrace

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.

Charlotte Gill’s fiction has appeared in many Canadian literary magazines as well as Best Canadian Stories and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Her story “Hush” was a finalist for the 2003 Journey Prize. She reads from her debut collection, Ladykiller.

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).

Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage: Flying Solo


Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Dirk van Bastelaere, Brian Brett, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco and Ross Leckie
Lakeside Terrace

Dirk van Bastelaere is one of Belgium’s leading poets. He reads from The Last to Leave, a new collection of poetry strongly influenced by American poets such as Gertrude Stein and John Ashbery.

Brian Brett is the founder of British Columbia’s Poetry-in-the-Schools program and will soon be named Chair of the Writer’s Union of Canada. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and fiction and also works as a journalist. Brett reads from Uproar’s Your Only Music, a new collection of poems and memoirs.

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.

Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage: Flying Solo


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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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