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Media Contact: Amy Holmes
416.973.4395

March at the Harbourfront Reading Series

TORONTO, February 23, 2004 - Now in its 30th year, the Harbourfront Reading Series is one of the oldest and most admired public reading programmes in the world. The Series is famous for bringing the most exciting Canadian and international writers to Toronto.

A reminder that this week, we are proud to present Kenneth Oppel in cooperation with Mabel's Fables Bookstore. Bring the whole family! And please find below details for March at the Harbourfront Reading Series.

Thursday, February 26, 2004, at 7:00 p.m.
Kenneth Oppel launches Airborn

Oppel published his first novel for children at age 17. Now 32, he has published 21 books including Silverwing, Sunwing, and Firewing which sold over 800,000 copies worldwide and won numerous awards including the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award and children's choice awards across the country. Oppel also won the 1995 Air Canada Award for best Canadian writer under 30. His other titles include Dead Water Zone, The Live-Forever Machine, Follow That Star and a picture book, Peg and the Whale. Oppel will read from Airborn, the first adventure in a brilliant new fantasy series set in an imaginary past where giant airships ruled the skies.

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; OR at Mabel's Fables (662 Mount Pleasant Road, 416.322.0438; 2939 Bloor Street West, 416.233.8830; or www.mabelsfables.com).


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Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
Judy Fong Bates, Carrie Snyder and Ania Szado
Hosted by Lisa Gabriele

Judy Fong Bates is the author of the short story collection China Dog: And Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry, from which various pieces have been broadcast on CBC Radio. She reads from Midnight At The Dragon Cafe, "a terrific page turner of a novel" (Quill and Quire), which captures the complexities of a childhood filled with secrets, longing, and superstition, powerfully exposing the lengths to which families will go to survive.

Carrie Snyder was born in Hamilton, Ontario and grew up in Ohio, Nicaragua and Ayr, Ontario. Formally assistant book editor at the National Post, she now lives in Waterloo with her husband and two children and is working on a novel. Snyder reads from Hair Hat, her fictional debut. "These stories carry a lot of weight on their elegant bones. This is rich emotional territory here. Snyder is a very talented writer" (Dennis Bock).

Ania Szado was born in Hamilton, Ontario and currently lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, she has had work published in journals such as Taddle Creek, This Magazine and Lichen Literary Journal. Szado reads from Beginning of Was, her first novel, which Nino Ricci calls "a beautiful book, honest, unflinching and sometimes almost unbearable in its intensity."

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 10, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
Robert Hough and Mark Sinnett
Hosted by Stephen Finucan

Robert Hough it the author of the acclaimed historical novel The Final Confession of Mabel Stark which was shortlisted for both the Commonwealth Prize and the Trillium Book Award. His new novel, The Stowaway, recounts another amazing and partially true tale in which two sailors set adrift the Atlantic are bound together by no more than their mutual poverty and desperation for survival. "Robert Hough pulls together fact and fiction to unfurl a life that invites sheer, slack-jawed fascination" (Time).

Mark Sinnett was born in Oxford, England and moved to Canada in 1980. He is the acclaimed author of the collection of stories, Bull, and two books of poetry; The Landing, which won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and Some Late Adventure of the Feelings. He contributes book and film reviews to the Kingston Whig Standard and The Globe and Mail, and is a former literary editor of The Lictor and Quarry. Sinnett reads from his first novel, The Border Guards, a cinematic tale of grit and violence set in Toronto and the Thousand Islands wilderness.

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 17, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
Guy Gavriel Kay, reading and in conversation with Mark Askwith
Plus a very special door prize!
Hosted by Rui Umezawa

Guy Gavriel Kay is the author of more than a dozen fantasy novels including; Summer Tree, Wandering Fire and Darkest Road. He has worked as both a script consultant and principal writer for CBC Radio's award winning series The Scales of Justice. During the mid-1970's he collaborated with Christopher Tolken editing J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. In his eagerly awaited new novel, The Last Light of the Sun, Kay turns his gaze to the northlands, brilliantly evoking the Viking, Anglo-Saxon and Celtic cultures of a turbulent age. Kay lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

Following his reading, Guy Gavriel Kay will be interviewed by Mark Askwith of The SPACE Channel. Also, there will be a special prize giveaway - a signed copy of his new book that was the very first off the printing press.

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 24, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
George Pelecanos and Peter Robinson
Hosted by John Brady

Amongst many accolades, George Pelecanos has been celebrated as "the Zola of contemporary crime fiction" by Publishers Weekly and "the poet laureate of the D.C. crime world" by Esquire magazine. The author of twelve novels, Pelecanos explodes the crime genre to dissect America's complicated race relations and social histories. His novels include Soul Circus, King Suckerman, Shoedog and A Firing Offence. Pelecanos reads from Hard Revolution, the latest installment of his P.I. Derek Strange saga. "The word among writers and those in the know has long been, 'Read Pelecanos'" (Michael Connelly).

Peter Robinson is one of the top writers of crime fiction; his twelve previous Inspector Banks novels have all published to international acclaim from both readers and reviewers alike. "If you haven't encountered Chief Inspector Alan Banks before, prepare for a crash course in taut, clean writing and subtle psychology. And watch for those twists - they'll get you every time" (Ian Rankin). He reads from the latest in his award-winning series, Playing with Fire. "Just having Banks back, brooding over a case as he sips Laphroaig Scotch and listens to jazz, is reason to celebrate" (Booklist starred review).


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 31, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
Marilyn Bowering, Edwidge Danticat and Genichiro Takahashi
Hosted by Rui Umezawa

Marilyn Bowering is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. Her first novel, To All Appearances a Lady, was a New York Times Notable Book and her second novel, Visible World, shortlisted for the Orange Prize, received widespread acclaim in North America and Britain. Born in Winnipeg, Bowering has worked in the U.S., Greece, Scotland and Spain, and now makes her home in Sooke, B.C. She reads from her new novel Cat's Pilgrimage.

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and immigrated to the United States twelve years later. She is a recipient of the American Book Award and the author of the short story collection Krik? Krak!, and two novels, Breath, Eyes, Memory and The Farming Of Bones. Danticat returns to the dictatorial Haiti of the 1960's in her new novel The Dew Breaker to tell the story of an aging war criminal whose violent past lies hidden beneath the tranquility of his new American life.

Genichiro Takahashi is one of Japan s leading postmodern writers. Over the course of the past two decades he has published numerous award winning novels, including Sayonara, Gangsters, Japanese Baseball: Elegant and Sentimental and Nihon bungaku seisui shi. His other works include Sunset in Penguin Village, The Secret of Planet 13 and Ghostbusters. Sayonara, Gangsters is his first English translation.


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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The Harbourfront Reading Series
Since its inception in 1974, the weekly reading series has hosted more than 4,000 authors from 100 countries and thirteen Nobel laureates. The Harbourfront Reading Series gives Canadian authors an internationally recognized stage on which to present their work and brings the best of world literature to Canada. The annual International Festival of Authors (October 20 - 30, 2004) takes place over 11 days and has been the pinnacle event of the year-round Harbourfront Reading Series for twenty five years.


Media Contact:
Amy Holmes
Harbourfront Reading Series and
International Festival of Authors (October 20 - 30, 2004)
416 973 4395
http://www.readings.org

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Toronto Ontario
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