Media Contact: Stephen Myers
July 20, 2005--International Readings at
Harbourfront Centre is pleased to
announce the preliminary line-up
for the 26th annual International
Festival of Authors. With forty-three participants already
Festival shaping up to be a unique opportunity to see some of the most
emerging voices in the world literary community. Among the many
authors making their first IFOA appearance at this year’s Festival are
wunderkid Jonathan Safran Foer,
twenty-one year-old prodigy Helen
Oyeyemi (Nigeria/U.K.), This American
Life contributor David Rakoff
and Diana Evans, winner of the
inaugural Orange Prize for New Writers.
The Festival will also present a number of the
novelists, including India’s
Vikram Seth, crime-mistress Minette Walters
and American master John Irving. Special events at the
Festival include readings by Governor
Generals Literary Award (English Fiction) nominees and Harbourfront
first ever gallery presentation of graphic novels. The closing night of
Festival will once again feature readings by Giller Prize
nominees and the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival
Prize. For more information, including
updates throughout the summer, the public may visit www.readings.org or call
Centre box office at 416.973.4000.
Please read on for details on confirmed participants
(Italy) was born in Rome in 1966 and
author of three novels and a collection of short stories. At
was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Viareggio-Repaci prize.
reads from I’m Not Scared, a powerful
and beautifully written novel, reminiscent of Stephen King’s Stand
and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
Tash Aw (U.K./Malaysia) was born in Taipei
and brought up in Malaysia,
moving to London
in his teens. He reads from his first novel The
Harmony Silk Factory, which juxtaposes three accounts of a haunting
in a Malaysian Chinese family’s history against a backdrop of a country
his successful career as a creator of comedic radio and television
programmes, David Baddiel (U.K.) has published a
number of books,
including the novels Time for Bed and
Whatever Love Means. The Secret Purposes
marks a change for
the comedian as he explores British anti-Semitism during the Second
in a book that The Guardian calls “a
Zsuzsa Bánk (Germany)
is the recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships and has quickly
success in Europe with her debut
reads from The Swimmer, a touching
story about migrant children travelling through Hungary in the 1950s with
Barnes’ (U.K.) novels including, Flaubert’s Parrot and A History of the World
In 10 ½ Chapters have enjoyed commercial
and critical success across the English speaking world since the
The Daily Telegraph described his
2004 collection of stories The Lemon Table
as “exhilaratingly crisp, crystallized by Barnes's wintry
Barnes will read from his new novel Arthur
David Bergen (Canada) is the author of three highly
novels; See the Child, The Case of Lena S and A Year of Lesser, which
won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He reads from The Time In Between, a new novel about
the struggles of two generations exploring the beautiful and painful
is the author of the Governor General’s Award-nominated The
Worlds Within Her and the Hugh MacLennan Fiction Prize-winning Doing the Heart Good. His first novel, A
Casual Brutality was nominated for the
Man Booker Prize and won the Books in
Canada First Novel Award. He reads from The
Unyielding Clamour of the Night, a new novel.
Dionne Brand’s (Trinidad/Canada) acclaimed poetry
collections include Thirsty,
No Language Is Neutral and Land to Light On, which won
Award and the Trillium Award. She
reads from What We All Long For,
a riveting new novel exploring the many unique multi-layered voices of Toronto.
Jonathan Coe’s (U.K.) novels
include The Rotter’s Club, The Accidental
Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves
of Death and What a Carve Up!, which won the 1995 John
Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. He reads
from The Closed Circle, a comedic novel
featuring characters from The Rotter’s
Club in which Cool Britannia is forced to address its
and social tensions amid the birth of the 21st Century.
Michael Crummey (Canada)
is an acclaimed poet, short story
novelist. His novel River Thieves
was a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Amazon/Books in
First Novel Award. He reads from The
Wreckage, a story of love crossed by the
of faith and fate.
Diamant (U.S.A.) is a prizewinning
journalist whose work appears regularly in the Boston
Globe Magazine and Parenting
magazine. She is the author of the best-selling novels Good Harbour
and The Red Tent, which was Book Sense
Book of the Year for 2001.
She reads from The Last Days of Dogtown.
Ditmars’ (Canada) work has been
the New York Times, London Independent,
the Globe and Mail, Time, Vanity
Fair, Vogue and Newsweek and has
been broadcast on the BBC and CBC radio and
television. Her Ms. Magazine essay on
Iraqi women has been adopted for several university courses. She reads
from Dancing In The No-Fly Zone, her first
Josh Emmons (U.S.A.)
received his M.F.A. from The University of Iowa Writers= Workshop and has
taught writing at
The University of Iowa and Loyola University.
His work has
appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle
and San Francisco Magazine. Emmons
reads from The Loss of Leon Meed, his inventive and
debut novel in which ten residents of Eureka,
together by the inexplicable appearances and disappearances of a
Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany) was
born in East Berlin in 1967. She
studied to become an opera producer and is now a freelance author and
living near Graz in Austria.
Her play, Katzen haben
sieben Leben will receive its first performance in Graz next year. She reads from her English language debut Tale of the Old Child.
Diane Evans (U.K)
is a graduate of the University
of East Anglia’s
Writing MA and has published short fiction in a number of anthologies.
worked as a journalist and an art critic and writes regularly for the Independent and Stage. Evans reads from 26a,
her compelling debut novel which recently won the Orange Prize for New
Will Ferguson’s (Canada)
debut novel Happiness was shortlisted
for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and won the Leacock Medal for Humor
as the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. He reads from Hitching Rides With Buddha, a comedic
travelogue of his experiences with cherry blossoms and automobiles in Japan.
Anne Fleming’s (Canada) short fiction was selected for 2004's annual Toronto
fiction issue and won a National Magazine Award. She is the author of
acclaimed novel Pool Hopping, which
was nominated for the Governor General's Fiction Award, the Danuta
and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She reads from her new novel, Anomaly.
Jonathan Safran Foer
is the author of the New York Times bestselling
novel, Everything is Illuminated and
the editor of A Convergence of Birds,
a collection of writing inspired by Joseph Cornell’s bird boxes. He is
co-editor of The Future Dictionary of
America, a utopian writing project produced by McSweeney’s
in support of progressive organizations working during
the 2004 American election. He reads from Extremely
Loud and Incredibly Close, a new novel.
David Gilmour (Canada)
is an acclaimed journalist and
many years he has been a fixture on Canadian television, as a film
critic for The Journal and The National
and as host of the award‑winning Gilmour on the Arts.
He is currently the weekend host for the
Documentary Channel. Gilmour reads from A Perfect Night to Go to
a new novel about a child’s traumatic disappearance.
Irving (U.S.A.) is the bestselling author of A Widow for One
Year, A Prayer for Owen Meany and The World Acording to
Garp. He won an Academy Award for his
of the The Cider House Rules. Irving
reads from Until I Find You, a
new novel of overwhelming
and robust comedy.
Jurjevics (U.S.A./Latvia) is a Vietnam
veteran and the founder of
Soho Press. He reads from The Trudeau
Vector, a new thriller that superbly depicts the precarious,
where science and global politics can clash with disastrous results.
graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan.
She reads from her debut novel The
Historian, an adventure of monumental proportions, blending fact
fantasy in a thrilling, centuries-spanning narrative following Vlad the
Impaler’s barbarous rein in the past and present.
Robert Kroetsch (Canada)
is one of Canada=s most respected
poets. He won the
Governor General's Literary Award for fiction with his novel The
Studhorse Man. He reads from his latest poetry
Jim Lynch (U.S.A.) has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in a number of literary magazines. A Puget
Sound native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, Washington. He reads from The Highest Tide, his
Makine (Russia/France) was born in
1958 and left the former Soviet Union a decade ago to live
His novel Dreams of My Russian Summers was a finalist for the
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and won both the
Médicis Prizes. He reads from The
Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme,
the stunning conclusion to the epic trilogy that began
with Dreams of My Russian Summers.
Miller’s (U.K.) first book, Ingenious Pain won the James Tait Black Memorial
Prize for Fiction and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel
reads from The Optimists, a new novel about a photojournalist
returns to Britain
from Africa where he was involved in
reporting on an atrocity.
is the recipient of the 2005 Charles Taylor
Prize for non-fiction. He was awarded the Lowell Thomas Silver award
writing in 2003 and has won the Western Canada Magazine Award four
times. Montgomery reads from The
Last Heathen, a memoir documenting his experiences in Melanesia,
a chain of volcanic islands in the South Pacific with a rumoured
black magic, headhunting and cannibalism.
Mootoo (Canada) was born in Ireland
and grew up in Trinidad. She has
lived in Canada
since the early 1980s. Her acclaimed first novel Cereus Blooms at
was published in fourteen countries and was a finalist for The Giller
the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Chapters/Books in Canada
First Novel Award. She reads from He
Drown She In The Sea, a new novel.
Morrissey (Canada) is the author of
award-winning novels, Kit’s Law and Downhill
Chance as well as a screenplay,
Clothesline Patch, which won a Gemini
Award. She reads from Sylvanus Now, a
“breathtakingly beautiful” (Alistair MacLeod) love story set in
Kate Mosse (U.K.)
is an author, broadcaster and the co-founder of the Orange Prize for
Her novels include Crucifix Lane
and Becoming a Mother. She reads from
Labyrinth, a new novel which spans
eight hundred years of history in the south of France.
Kenneth Oppel (Canada)
is the bestselling author of Airborn,
which won the Governor General’s Award. His Silverwing Saga has sold
million copies worldwide and has won numerous awards, including the Mr.
Christie’s Book Award and the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award.
from Skybreaker, the forthcoming
sequel to Airborn.
Oyeyemi (Nigeria/UK) is the
author of two plays, Juniper’s Whitening and Victimese. She is currently a student at
Oyeyemi reads from The Icarus Girl, a novel she
just before her nineteenth birthday.
Toronto-based journalist and filmmaker Nelofer
Pazira (Afghanistan/Canada) came to prominence with films
such as Kandahar
and Return to Kandahar. She reads from A
Bed of Red Flowers, a new memoir about her childhood and family
life in Kabul
under Communist imperial occupation.
Alison Pick (Canada) was the 2002 Bronwen Wallace
winner for most promising unpublished writer under 35 in Canada.
Her first book, Question & Answer, was shortlisted
for the Gerald Lampert Award. She reads from The Sweet Edge,
a new novel about the fragility of love and the
inevitability of change.
Dorothy Porter (Australia)
has written libretti,
poetry and a number of young adult books. She has been shortlisted for
prestigious prizes and is the recipient of the
National Book Council Award for Poetry and the Braille Book of
for The Monkey Mask, a crime thriller
written in verse. She reads from her newest verse novel, Wild
Prose (U.S.A.) is the author of thirteen works of fiction,
including the novel Blue Angel, a finalist for the National
She is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, including Guggenheim
Fulbright fellowships. She was a Director=s Fellow at the
Center for Scholars
and Writers at the New York Public Library. She reads from A Changed Man, a new
novel about a young neo-Nazi who makes a
radical change in his life by joining forces with a Holocaust survivor.
Rakoff (U.S.A./Canada) is a
regular contributor to Salon, Outside
magazine and Pubic Radio International’s This American Life.
He is the author of Fraud, a collection of
impersonating Sigmund Freud and climbing icy mountains in cheap
reads from Don’t Get Too Comfortable, a scathing critique of
contemporary first-world narcissism.
Leon Rooke (Canada) is the author of
novels including The Fall of Gravity,
which was chosen by the Globe and Mail
as one of 2000’s top books and Shakespeare’s
Dog, which won the Governor General’s Award. He has published over
short stories as well as poetry and plays and is the founder of the
Writers’ Festival. Rooke reads from The
Beautiful Wife, an endearing marvel of magic realist narrative.
Vikram Seth (India) is the author of Equal
Music, Golden Gate
and the international bestseller A Suitable Boy. He
reads from Two Lives, a true story about his great
uncle, an Indian medical student in Berlin,
and his great aunt, a young Jewish woman in Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Ali Smith (U.K.) is the author of Free
Love and Other Stories, Like, Other
Stories and Other Stories, and The
Whole Story and Other Stories. Her second novel, Hotel
was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize. She
from The Accidental, a new novel.
Sullivan (New Zealand) is the author
number of verse collections including Jazz
Waiata, which won the 1991 PEN (NZ) Award for Best First Book of
is also the creator of a celebrated graphic novel for children, Maui: Legends of the Outcast which won
the New Zealand Post Book of the Year
award. He reads from Voice Carried My
Family, a retrospective collection drawing on ancestral and
connections between New Zealand
Minette Walters (U.K.)
herself as a luminary of crime fiction with the publication of her
first book, The Ice House. She is the recipient of
the Edgar Allan Poe Award for The
Sculptress and the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for
The Dark Room and The Scold’s Bridle.
Several of her novels have been adapted for
television by the BBC. Walters reads from The
Louise Welsh’s (U.K.)
debut novel, The Cutting Room won The Crime Writers’
Association’s Creasey Dagger award and was chosen by the Guardian
as one of the best first novels of 2002. She reads from Tambourlaine
Must Die, a thrilling
historical murder mystery in which Christopher Marlowe is stalked by
one of his
own violent characters.
Christopher Wilson (U.K.)
is the author of the novels Mischief
which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He reads from The
Ballad of Lee Cotton, an original,
funny and profoundly thought-provoking new novel exploring conceptions
and humanity in the southern United States.
Tim Winton (Australia)
is one of Australia’s
most respected authors. He has been shortlisted twice for the
Prize and has published nineteen books for adults and children. He
reads from The Turning, a brilliantly realized work
of seventeen overlapping stories set in the 1970s.
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
literature to Canada.
Our season includes weekly Readings,
the annual International Festival of Authors (October 19 - 29, 2005)
a Celebration for Young Readers (June 24-26, 2005).