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TORONTO, August 11, 2006---International Readings at Harbourfront Centre bookends its fall 2006 season with two of Toronto’s literary milestones.

Getting things started on September 13, 2006, International Readings celebrates The Humber School for Writers (HSW) 15th Anniversary. Since 1992, HSW has helped budding authors from around the world pursue their passion for the written word. Dubbed “Writers on Writing,” the evening features a keynote speech from Francine Prose, as well as a reading from the Hon. James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Past and present staff and students also appear, including Wayson Choy, Alistair MacLeod, Kim Moritsugu, Paul Quarrington, and M.G. Vassanji.

Following this stellar evening, four of Canada’s established and emerging authors take to the International Readings stage on September 20, 2006. Presenting their recent works of fiction are Trevor Cole, Keith Maillard, Kevin Patterson, and Adam Lewis Schroeder.

One week later, International Readings again teams up with Toronto bookstore Nicholas Hoare for the second installment of their Travellers’ Series, introduced to great acclaim last spring. Gathering on September 27, 2006 are Canadian adventurers Marcello Di Cintio, Brian Payton, and Robert Twigger, and American Jason Roberts to recount journeys ranging from a modern-day exploration across Iran, to a three-year adventure throughout western Canada in a birch-bark canoe.

Capping the fall season off, October 4, 2006 sees International Readings pay homage to Toronto’s Book City on the occasion of their 30th birthday. On-hand to celebrate is England’s Monica Ali, British Columbia’s Bill Gaston, and locals Michael Redhill and David Adams Richards.

All details are below.
International Readings’ spring program continues weekly through to October 4, 2006. The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) follows from October 18-28, 2006. All fall readings and events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Brigantine Room, 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 or call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416.973.4000.

International Readings at Harbourfront Centre
Fall 2006 Readings

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
International Readings Celebrates Humber School for Writers 15th Birthday

The Hon. James K., Bartleman, Lieutenant Governer of Ontario; Wayson Choy; Joe Kertes; Vincent Lam; Alistair MacLeod; Kim Moritsugu; Paul Quarrington; and M.G. Vassanji with keynote speech by Francine Prose
Hosted by Antanas Sileika

Brigantine Room, 235 Queen’s Quay West, Harbourfront Centre
Tickets $8, Free for members and students with valid ID.
For more information please see or call Box Office at

Please join International Readings as we salute the 15th birthday of the Humber School for Writers (HSW). Since 1992, HSW has helped budding authors from around the world pursue their passion for writing. Since then, well over 200 of their students have gone on to publish works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The evening will feature readings from a number of their past and present staff and students.

The Hon. James K. Bartleman is the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The Lieutenant Governor served most recently as Canadian Ambassador to the European Union and he was previously High Commissioner to South Africa and Australia, and Ambassador to Cuba, Israel, and NATO, as well as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister. The Lieutenant Governor is the author of three books, including Out of Muskoka, which won the Ontario Historical Society’s Joseph Brant Award in 2003.

Wayson Choy’s most recent work, All That Matters, the companion piece to his acclaimed work The Jade Peony, was hailed by Ha Jin as “one of the best novels of the Asian American experience." Choy has received the Trillium Book Award for his writing and he was recently honoured as a member of the Order of Canada.

Joe Kertes is the Dean of the School of Creative & Performing Arts at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Vincent Lam is an emergency physician who works in international air evacuation and expedition medicine. Of his debut collection, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, The Globe and Mail said the book “radiates the confidence you expect from a man whose other job is to make stalled hearts start. The advantage of fiction? Here, even the medical failures come to life, vividly.”

Alistair MacLeod’s internationally acclaimed novel No Great Mischief won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the CBA Libris Award for Book of the Year. MacLeod is also the author of the short story collections The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun.

Kim Moritsugu’s novels include Looks Perfect, Old Flames, The Glenwood Treasure and The Restoration of Emily. “Moritsugu is a pro when it comes to telling a story in a fresh and engaging way (Quill & Quire).”

Francine Prose is one of America's sharpest cultural satirists. The author of fourteen books of fiction, her novel Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Prose has also taught at major universities such as Harvard, Iowa, Columbia, Arizona, and the New School.

Paul Quarrington’s most recent book, Gavelston, was called “brilliant” by Roddy Doyle. His awards and prizes include the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for Whale Music and the Stephen Leacock Medal for King Leary.

M.G. Vassanji is a two-time winner of the Giller Prize for his books The Book of Secrets and The In-Between World of Vikram Lall. In 1994 Vassanji won the Harbourfront Centre Festival Prize for his “contribution to the world of letters.”

Antanas Sileika is the author of Dinner at the End of the World, Buying on Time, and Woman in Bronze. He is also the artistic director of the Humber School for Writers. “Toronto novelist Antanas Sileika infuses everything he creates with an intelligent, human touch that makes his writing a pleasure to read (Books in Canada).”

Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Trevor Cole, Keith Maillard, Kevin Patterson, Adam Lewis Schroeder
Host: Christine Sismondo

Brigantine Room, 235 Queen’s Quay West, Harbourfront Centre
Tickets $8, Free for members and students with valid ID.
For more information please see or call Box Office at

Trevor Cole reads from his new book The Fearsome Particles, the story of a man desperately trying to maintain his belief in himself, despite a rising tide of trouble. Cole’s his first novel, Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life, was nominated for numerous awards, and he is currently a feature writer for Toronto Life magazine.

Keith Maillard reads from Looking Good, a masterfully crafted and meticulously reconstructed social history set in the year of the Harvard Square riot. Maillard’s novel Gloria was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction; Hazard Zones was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Literary Prize; Dementia Americana won the Gerald Lampert Award for poetry; and Light in the Company of Women was a runner-up for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.

Kevin Patterson is a specialist in internal medicine, which he practices in the Arctic and on the coast of British Columbia. His first book, The Water in Between, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and an international bestseller. He received the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for his first short fiction collection, Country of Cold. Patterson reads from his new novel, Consumption, an epic tale about a northern woman who spends her formative years in the south, only to return home to a land and a way of life she no longer recognizes.

Adam Lewis Schroeder reads from his first novel, Empress of Asia, a beautiful and compelling love story set against the horrors of WWII POW camps in Southeast Asia. "Dark, funny and surprisingly beautiful, Empress of Asia is a true accomplishment, both a picaresque adventure and a grand historical tale (Madeline Thien).”

Christine Sismondo is the author of Mondo Cocktail: A Shaken and Stirred History where she “puts the art in Martini and the IQ in Daiquiri (James Chatto).” She is a freelance writer who has written extensively on style, entertainment, literature and gender affairs. She has taught at York University, Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006
International Readings/Nicholas Hoare Travellers’ Series
Marcello Di Cintio, Brian Payton, Jason Roberts, and Robert Twigger
Host: Ben McNally

Brigantine Room, 235 Queen’s Quay West, Harbourfront Centre
Tickets $8, Free for members and students with valid ID.
For more information please see or call Box Office at

Marcello Di Cintio is a former wrestler and author of Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa, which won the Henry Kriesel Award for Best First Book. He reads from Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey into the Heart of Iran, an evocative exploration of the vibrant heart of Iran, and the paradoxes that reside in its history and contemporary life. Di Cintio’s travel writing has appeared in Geist, EnRoute, Prairie Fire and Prism International.
Brian Payton’s non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, and the acclaimed travel series Literary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame. He reads from Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness, a story that recounts his global search for the last eight remaining bear species. “High adventure combined with dazzling passages of nature writing (Booklist).”
Jason Roberts was the inaugural winner of the Van Zorn Prize for fiction, an award founded and judged by Michael Chabon. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. He reads from A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Traveler, a vibrant biography on the life of James Holman, a 19th-century British naval officer who, despite being blinded at the young age of 25, became the greatest traveller of his time. “Full of wonder and with a commanding sense of narrative, this is one of the best and most life-affirming biographies I’ve ever read (Dave Eggers).”

Robert Twigger’s books include Angry White Pyjamas, Big Snake, The Extinction Club, and Being A Man. He reads from his latest work, Voyageur, which recounts his three-year adventure traveling across western Canada in a birch-bark canoe, following the trade route first established by Alexander Mackenzie over two hundred years ago. “Twigger reminds us that the adventurous spirit of the British explorer is alive and well, and Voyageur is a fine addition to the genre” (The Guardian).

Wednesday, October 4, 2006
International Readings Celebrates Book City’s 30th Anniversary
Monica Ali, Bill Gaston, Michael Redhill, and David Adams Richards
Host: Frans Donker

Brigantine Room, 235 Queen’s Quay West, Harbourfront Centre
Tickets $8, Free for members and students with valid ID.
For more information please see or call Box Office at

A regular visit to Book City has become a tradition for Toronto bibliophiles since the opening of its doors three decades ago. Please join International Readings at Harbourfront Centre to fete this veritable institution as they celebrate their 30th year in the “book biz.”

Monica Ali was named one of the twenty best young British novelists by Granta. Her first book, Brick Lane, was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker Prize. She reads from her sophomore title, Alentejo Blue, the story of a Portuguese village community adapting to a new world.

Bill Gaston is the author of several story collections and novels, including Sex is Red, The Good Body, The Cameraman, Mount Appetite, which received a Giller Prize nomination, and Sointula. He is the recipient of numerous prizes including the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Timothy Findley Prize. He reads from his latest short story collection, Gargoyles.

Michael Redhill is the publisher and an editor of Brick; the author of Martin Sloane, the short story collection Fidelity, and four poetry collections, including Asphodel and Light-Crossing. His most recent works for the theatre are Goodness and his Dora Award-winning play, Building Jerusalem. Redhill reads from Consolation, a haunting novel about the traces of history layered in our lives, and how time alters the contours of the things we hold most certain.

David Adams Richards’ Mercy Among the Children won the Giller Prize and was nominated for both the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award. Richards is also one of only three writers to have received the Governor General’s Prize for both fiction and non-fiction works. He reads from his new novel, The Friends of Meager Fortune, a sweeping, spellbinding tale set in New Brunswick in the 1930s and ‘40s that recounts an illicit love affair and a chain of events that ends with death, disappearance, and a sensational trial.

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