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28th annual International Festival of Authors
latest setting includes 94 characters at 32 events
heralding another book-buster year!

Toronto, September 25, 2007 --- As the nights start drawing in, the literary stars start coming out for the 28th annual International Festival of Authors. From October 17 to 27, 2007, Harbourfront Centre becomes the hub of all things bookish, setting the stage for stories, signings and sightings of the literati. Ninety-four authors from more than a dozen countries are confirmed to read in 32 events at this year’s IFOA. Among the participants are three shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize and six longlisted for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Governor General’s Literary Award shortlisted authors will also read – nominees to be announced.

IFOA programming is bookended by trademark high-profile events. Margaret Atwood appears in conversation with Ian Rankin on opening night, October 17, at the annual PEN Canada Benefit; and the festival goes out in style on October 27 with readings by authors shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, accompanied by the awarding of the annual $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize. On October 20 IFOA wishes a happy 40th anniversary to the venerable House of Anansi Press with authors including Kevin Connolly, Graeme Gibson and Elyse Friedman, and special musical guest Jason Collett. Albert Schultz hosts.

Some of the authors in the IFOA spotlight are three graphic novelists (including Adrian Tomine) 10 poets (including Stephen Cain and Jay MillAr) and six francophone playwrights appearing thanks to the generous support of the Consulat general de France à Toronto. Crime-writing comes courtesy of Peter Robinson and Jakob Arjouni, and fantasy is fuelled by Robert J. Sawyer and Matthew Skelton. Seven authors for younger readers participate in YoungIFOA this year, including J.K. Rowling and Kit Pearson.

New this year, nationally acclaimed local poets including Priscila Uppal and Ken Babstock provide a poetic prologue to a number of IFOA events. On October 21, The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) presents an afternoon of poetry on film, showcasing collaborations between Canadian filmmakers and poets. Participants include Suzanne Robertson, Souvankham Thammavongsa and Vicky Moufawad-Paul. Audiences can experience this event as an art installation – staying for as long or short a time as they wish. This is a FREE event, no tickets required.

For fans in the Hamilton and Burlington area, IFOA is closer than ever. New on the IFOA agenda for 2007 are events in Hamilton and Burlington on October 23 and 25, presented in partnership with Different Drummer Books and Bryan Prince, Bookseller. Tickets are available through Harbourfront Centre Box Office or direct through Different Drummer Books and Bryan Prince, Bookseller.

More IFOA participants include:
Diane Ackerman · Gil Adamson · Isabel Allende · Gail Anderson-Dargatz · Shalom Auslander · Amy Bloom · Carol Bruneau · Seán Cullen · Céline Curiol · Adam Dickinson · Emma Donoghue · Anne Enright · Will Ferguson · Jasper Fforde · Halfdan W. Freihow · David Gilmour · Mohsin Hamid · Ian Holding · Janette Turner Hospital · Robert Hough · Helen Humpreys · Nancy Huston · A.J. Jacobs · Aryn Kyle · Nikita Lalwani · David Leavitt · Marina Lewycka · Jean Little · D.R. MacDonald · Beatrice MacNeil · Roy MacSkimming · Valerie Martin · Bruce Meyer · Gina B. Nahai · Michael Ondaatje · Ian Rankin · Peter Robinson · Robert J. Sawyer · Emily Schultz · M.G. Vassanji · Vendela Vida · Rudy Wiebe · Michael Winter · Richard B. Wright -- A complete list of confirmed participants with biographical information is available on request.

Tickets to most events are now on sale, and the public may call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000, or purchase online at www.readings.org

Tickets to most events cost $15 for the general public and $12 for members. For students with valid ID, tickets are free (where available) and for members of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Playwrights’ Guild, IFOA is pleased to offer a 50% discount. Some exceptions for specific events apply.

Tickets to IFOA in Hamilton and Burlington are $10 (no member discount) and are available either through Harbourfront Centre Box Office or direct from Different Drummer Books, Burlington: 905.639.0925; and Bryan Prince, Bookseller, Hamilton: 905.528.4508.

Tickets to YoungIFOA are FREE. School Groups: please call Harbourfront Centre’s School Visits Department for details. 416.973.4091

Since its inception in 1974, International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH) has hosted more than 5,000 authors from 100 countries, including fourteen Nobel Laureates. Our season includes the weekly International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH); the annual International Festival of Authors (October 17–27, 2007), including YoungIFOA (October 23–26, 2007); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (February 12–16, 2008); and A Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees (May 21–22, 2008).

MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Print: Becky Toyne. 416.973.5836 or ifoamedia@harbourfrontcentre.com
Broadcast: Shane Gerard. 416.973.4518 or ifoamedia@harbourfrontcentre.com
Linda Liontis, 416-973-4381, lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com


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