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MEDIA CONTACT: Lindsey Love
416.973.4147 or llove@harbourfrontcentre.com

International Readings is pleased to present a variety of exceptional and acclaimed authors throughout June, including Krista Bridge (The Virgin Spy), Catherine Hanrahan (Lost Girls and Love Hotels); Linda Little (Scotch River); Nega Mezlekia (The Unfortunate Marriage of Azeb Yitades); James P. Othmer (The Futurist); and Richard Teleky (Winter in Hollywood). Our host for these two events is James Grainger, author of The Long Slide. In addition, we welcome the public to join friends and family of the late Irving Layton to celebrate his life and work. The event will be hosted by Layton’s son, Max Layton.

All details are below.

International Readings’ spring program continues weekly through June. All June readings and events take place at Harbourfront 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 www.readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416.973.4000.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Krista Bridge, Linda Little, Nega Mezlekia
Brigantine Room 7:30pm
Hosted by James Grainger

Krista Bridge’s short fiction has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and selected for the Toronto Life 2002 Summer Fiction issue, Journey Prize Anthology and 05: Best Canadian Short Stories. She reads from her acclaimed debut, The Virgin Spy, in which the stories, like the people within them, are by turns moody and introspective, unpredictable, and honest. “The way she slices through the cant and codes of conventional romance puts me in mind of a young Alice Munro. And she can write sentences that are like dreams” (Douglas Glover). “The Virgin Spy is entrancing, and Krista Bridge is vastly talented” (Globe and Mail).

Linda Little’s first novel, Strong Hollow, was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Dartmouth Book Award. She reads from her highly anticipated new work, Scotch River, in which “Little captures the small, bitter indignities family members heap on each other; the secrets, the lies, and the new lies to cover the old lies; the lies we tell ourselves, and the lies we tell others” (Quill & Quire). Little lives in Nova Scotia.

Nega Mezlekia was born in Ethiopia and now lives in Toronto. His memoir, Notes from the Hyena’s Belly, received international praise and won the Governor-General’s Award for non-fiction. He reads from his highly anticipated new novel, The Unfortunate Marriage of Azeb Yitades. Told with Mezlekia’s customary wit and charm, this is an epic story of a small village in eastern Ethiopia struggling to maintain its identity in the modern world. “One could…see Mezlekia as a kind of Ethiopian Amy Tan or Isabel Allende” (Boston Globe).

Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Catherine Hanrahan, James P. Othmer and Richard Teleky
Brigantine Room 7:30pm
Hosted by James Grainger

Catherine Hanrahan’s fiction has appeared in Zoetrope All-Story Extra and Open City. Lost Girls and Love Hotels, her first novel, is about a young Canadian woman who is doing everything to forget home. Tokyo’s nightlife—teeming with drink, drugs, and three-hour love hotels—enables her to keep her demons at bay for a while. However, her affair with a gangster sparks a chain of events that could spell tragedy in a city where it’s all too easy to disappear. Less Than Zero meets Lost in Translation in this stunning debut.

James P. Othmer reads from The Futurist, his corrosively funny novel that perfectly captures the character of our post-9/11 world. “The eye-poppingly talented Mr. Othmer samples geopolitical sound bites, pop corporate chitchat, and slogans from every cultural microniche, then orchestrates them to create a hilarious, hypersmart, nostalgic wail of a novel” (Heidi Julavits). Othmer is the executive creative director at advertising giant Young & Rubicam and he lives in upstate New York.

Richard Teleky reads from his highly anticipated new novel, Winter in Hollywood, about a woman taking on the grim task of coming to terms with her late daughter’s life— and death—in Hollywood. “The striking originality about Winter in Hollywood is that it inverts the old story about ethnic identity: In this novel, it is the third-generation immigrant who is extinct and possesses all the mystery” (Globe and Mail). Teleky’s previous works includes an acclaimed novel, Pack Up the Moon, and a collection of essays on ethnicity, Hungarian Rhapsodies.

Event Host: James Grainger is the former review editor of Quill & Quire magazine and a books columnist for the Toronto Star. He has also been a books commentator for TVO, CBC Radio One, and CBC Newsworld. His fiction collection, The Long Slide, won the 2005 Relit Award, and he is the co-author of Why I Didn't Say Anything: The Sheldon Kennedy Story. Grainger was a juror for the 2005 Journey Prize and co-editor of The Journey Prize Stories 17. He is currently working on his first novel.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006
The Life of Irving Layton: A Celebration
Brigantine Room 7:30pm
Hosted by Max Layton

Please join members of the Layton family, along with Layton’s friends and colleagues as they gather together to pay tribute to one of Canada’s most pre-eminent literary artists.
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