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Announcement kick starts one-month countdown to IFOA

Toronto, September 17, 2007 --- As announced by Raincoast Books at noon ET today, International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH) is thrilled to welcome J.K. Rowling to Toronto as part of YoungIFOA on October 23 at 10 am – her only appearance in Canada this fall! At this all-ages event, sponsored by Rowling’s Canadian co-publisher Raincoast Books, J K. Rowling will read from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, take questions from her fans, and sign complimentary copies of the book for everyone in attendance. The event will be held at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto.

Now in its 28th year, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is one of the world’s premiere literary festivals, bringing the most important authors from countries around the world to read to rapt audiences in an intimate setting. IFOA opens ONE MONTH TODAY, and runs October 17–27. Authors attending this year include: Margaret Atwood, A.J. Jacobs, Michael Ondaatje, Helen Oyeyemi, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson and Will Self.

YoungIFOA, the offspring of this high-profile parent, is now in its 5th year of giving younger readers unparalleled access to the authors of the books they love. Past participants include Anita Desai (India), Dennis Lee (Canada) and Eugene Trivizas (Greece). Vibrant readings, lively Q&As, and exciting opportunities to meet authors and the chance to take home a personally signed book are on offer for all who attend.

YoungIFOA runs from October 23–26, 2007, at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
Thanks to a number of generous sponsors, ALL YoungIFOA events this year are FREE. The full 2007 line-up is: Hugh Brewster, Seán Cullen, Jean Little, Kenneth Oppel, Kit Pearson, J.K. Rowling, Matthew Skelton.

J.K. Rowling appeared at IFOA in 2000 reading from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. With more than 20,000 people in the crowd, this event entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest reading by an author. With “J.K Rowling Comes to Canada”, YoungIFOA offers fans a more intimate Harry Potter experience with attendance capped at 950.

Tickets to J.K. Rowling Comes to Canada are not on sale and will be available through random draws only. Raincoast Books will give away 100 pairs of tickets over a 10-day online sweepstake at Hundreds of further tickets will be made available through a partnership of International Readings at Harbourfront and the Ontario Library Association (OLA). The OLA, working with their sister organisation of The Partnership, The Provincial and Territorial Library Associations of Canada, will be making tickets available on a Pan-Canadian basis for this event.

“Outreach to younger readers has become an increasingly prominent part of our programming at IFOA” says International Readings at Harbourfront Director Geoffrey E. Taylor “We are proud to host YoungIFOA, Aloud: a Celebration for Young Readers, and Forest of Reading ® Festival of Trees as part of the annual International Readings at Harbourfront calendar.”

Says Jefferson Gilbert, Deputy Executive Director of the Ontario Library Association: “OLA is delighted to work with IFOA on this and other YoungIFOA events, developing our partnership forged with Forest of Reading® in Spring 2007 to bring books and reading to school children in Ontario and, for this special event, throughout Canada."


J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter books:
Jamie Broadhurst at Raincoast Books.; 604.323.7124
IFOA, YoungIFOA and other IRAH events:
Becky Toyne.; 416.973.5836

Full IFOA and YoungIFOA schedules as they become available the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000.

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