Media Contact: Stephen Myers
The Festival, which runs June 24 - 26,
will feature three days of free readings and autograph
sessions as well as book related
crafts, music and interactive activities. Participants include;
Please read on for further details on participants
Helaine Becker frequently contributes to chickaDEE and Chirp magazines and is the author of Mama Likes to Mambo, a hilarious collection of poems and Boredom Blasters, a book of activities for kids whose thumbs are tired of twiddling.
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.
Gunilla Bergström is
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
and Koala Lou. Hunwick=s
Egg tells the story of a mysterious egg and a wise young rodent.
Former gymnast Natasha
Friend has written for Family Fun
magazine and contributed to the Chicken
Soup series. She reads from Perfect,
a new novel about Isabelle Lee who starts her teens with a dangerous
and learns to cope with it as well as surviving school, a major family
and her annoying little sister Ape Face.
Bruce Hale has written and illustrated more than a dozen books for kids; many of which feature his favourite animal, lizards. His Chet Gecko Mysteries series includes: The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse, The Big Nap, and Farewell, My Lunchbag.
Although Mary Hoffman grew up in a dull little English town and dreamt of a future as a garage mechanic things didn’t turn out quite as planned; she has since written more than eighty books, including the bestselling Stavaganza series, which is set in the fictional world of Bellezza and features plenty of political intrigue and treachery among swishing velvet and glittering masks.
Marthe Jocelyn worked
as a toy designer for many years before turning her hand to writing.
from A Home for Foundlings, a
fascinating new history book about the heartbreaking lives of poor
While reading Susan Juby=s
Miss Smithers Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries) says AI
laughed until diet soda came out of
my nose at
Connie Kaldor is a Juno Award winning songwriter and the author of two books for young readers, A Duck in New York City and A Poodle in Paris.
Dennis Lee is the acclaimed author of Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Bubble Gum Delicious and The Cat and the Wizard. He reads from So Cool, a new book of poetry for young adults about the trials and tribulations about growing up.
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.
twenty-seven years of experience as a commentator at
Lauren Mechling grew up in
Meja Mwangi was
born in Nanyuki, in central
Kathryn Otoshi is the
author of What Emily Saw and
Simon and the Sock Monster. She lives
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.
David A. Poulson has been a rodeo clown, rock singer, football coach, actor and English teacher. He is also the author of sixteen books including Last Sam’s Cage, a remarkable story about a fifteen-year-old rebel-rouser who takes up residence at the Calgary Zoo.
Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author more than a dozen books; he is also very nearsighted. He presents his new novel From Charlie’s Point of View, a funny fast-paced story about a bank robbery committed by the mysterious Stocking Bandit and the investigation led by Charlie, a blind teenage detective trying to clear his father’s name.
Evan Solomon is the host of CBC television’s Hot Type. He presents Nathaniel McDaniel and the Magic Attic, the first installment in a new series featuring a mischievous, feisty young hero with a penchant for closet exploration and time travel.
Marc Tetro’s celebrated picture books are all about animals, except for one, which features the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He is also the creator of the cartoon Inuk, which airs on the CBC. He presents his new book, Opposites.
Jacqueline Wilson wrote her first novel at
the age of
nine and has since won countless prizes for her books, including the Guardian
Award. Fabulous stories such as Diamond Girls and Best
have made her the most frequently borrowed author in the
at Harbourfront Centre
Since its inception in 1974, International
hosted more than 4,500 authors from 100 countries, including thirteen
Laureates. International Readings provides Canadian authors an
recognized stage on which to present their work and brings the best of
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.