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For Immediate Release
Contact: Lindsey Love 416.973.4147; llove@harbourfrontcentre.com

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS
FEATURES SIX WRITERS ON MAN BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST

Toronto, August 15, 2006---International Readings at Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to announce that six writers set to appear at the 27th annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) are featured on the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Longlist.

The longlist of 19 books, revealed on Monday, August 14, 2006, was chosen from 112 entries; 95 were submitted for the prize and 17 were called in by the panel of judges. The six longlist writers involved in October’s IFOA are Kiran Desai for The Inheritance of Loss; Kate Grenville for The Secret River; Jon McGregor for So Many Ways To Begin; Claire Messud for The Emperor’s Children; James Robertson for The Testament of Gideon Mack and Sarah Waters for The Night Watch. Each of the authors will read from their recognized title during the IFOA, which runs from October 18-28, 2006.

“Having so many IFOA writers on the Man Booker Prize Longlist is a testament to the high-calibre of authors we invite to our festival each year,” said International Readings’ director Geoffrey Taylor. “We heartily congratulate these longlist writers for their impressive achievement and look forward to hosting them at Harbourfront Centre in the fall.”

As of August 15, 2006, IFOA has confirmed over 70 writers from around the world, including Margaret Atwood, Anita Rau Badami, Dennis Bock, Randy Boyagoda, Gianrico Carofiglio, Adrienne Clarkson, Michael Collins, Michael Connelly, Michael Cox, Mark Z. Danielewski, Deborah Eisenberg, Nell Freudenberger, Rawi Hage, Jane Hamilton, Alon Hilu, Frieda Hughes, Simon Ings, Wayne Johnston, Edward P. Jones, Nicole Krauss, Gautam Malkani, Alberto Manguel, Tom McCarthy, Ami McKay, Farley Mowat, Elizabeth Noble, Cynthia Ozick, Marisha Pessl, Ralph Steadman, Mark Strand, Gay Talese, Louise Welsh, and Meg Wolitzer. For a complete list please see www.readings.org. For frequent IFOA news, also see www.ifoa.blogspot.com

For more information on IFOA, including updates throughout the rest of the summer, the public may visit www.readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416.973.4000.

The Man Booker Prize 2006 shortlist will be announced on Thursday 14th September at a press conference at Man Group’s London office. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 10th October at an awards ceremony at Guildhall, London, England.

Since its inception in 1974, International Readings has hosted more than 4,500 authors from 100 countries, including fourteen Nobel Laureates. Our season includes International Readings, the annual International Festival of Authors (October 18 - 28, 2006) and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (February 13 - 17, 2007).

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