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For Immediate Release

Toronto, August 9, 2006 -- As part of the LIVING Words component of the XVI International AIDS Conference, International Readings at Harbourfront Centre is pleased announce that Stephen Lewis, UN Secretary-General's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, and Anne-christine d’Adesky, world renowned AIDS scholar, will appear on the Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage in a free, public event on August 16, 2006 at 8:00 pm. Lewis will be reading from his CBC Massey Hall lectures featured in the new edition of Race Against Time(House of Anansi Press, 2006), with d’Adesky reading from her recently-updated work Moving Mountains: The Race to Treat Global AIDS (Verso, 2006 – Penguin Group Canada) and discussing her documentary Pills Profits Protest: Chronicle of the Global AIDS Movement(Outcast Films, 2005).

“While we are saddened that a conference of this nature is still necessary in 2006,” said International Readings’ Director Geoffrey Taylor, “we are honoured to play a small role in helping spread the message that bringing effective HIV prevention and treatment to global communities is an immediate and pressing concern. Keeping an event of this nature free of charge and open to the public will help to raise awareness of this crisis.”

Stephen Lewis is the UN Secretary-General's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, a Commissioner for the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, and a Companion of the Order of Canada. He was honoured as Maclean's "Canadian of the Year,” and listed in TIME magazine as one of the “100 most influential people in the world.” Race Against Time won the 2005 Canadian Booksellers Association’s Libris Award, and Lewis was named the CBA’s Author of the Year, also in 2005.

Anne-christine d’Adesky is one of the world’s leading authorities on the AIDS crisis and the founder of the international community-based initiative Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx,), which provides help and advocacy for HIV positive women and children. Based in San Francisco and Kigali, WE-ACTx works with local NGOs and with the Rwandan government to provide care, advocacy, and empowerment for women and children living with HIV and AIDS in developing areas.

For more information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Media inquiries for Stephen Lewis:
Christina Magill, Executive Assistant to Stephen Lewis

Media inquiries for Anne-christine d’Adesky:
Stephen Myers, Penguin Group (Canada)
416.928.2420; or

Media inquiries for Harbourfront Centre:
Lindsey Love, International Readings at Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre remains open and accessible through Toronto Waterfront Revitalization event.
Beginning August 11 through August 20, 2006 the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation hosts a 10-day event on Queens Quay called Quay to the City: Summer ‘06 . This event involves closing the eastbound lanes of Queens Quay between Spadina and York to traffic and diverting traffic to the Lakeshore Blvd. Westbound traffic and streetcar service are not affected. In order to set up and take down the event, the Eastbound closure will run from August 8 to August 23, 2006 inclusive. For more info visit:


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