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Toronto, September 27, 2007 --- A jury composed of Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director, International Readings at Harbourfront; Shinan Govani, Scene columnist at the National Post; and Vit Wagner, publishing reporter at the Toronto Star has named poet Christopher Dewdney as the winner of this year’s Harbourfront Festival Prize. Inaugurated in 1984 to honour individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the world of books and writing, the Harbourfront Festival Prize was reinvented in 2003 as a cash award of $10,000. The prize will be awarded on the closing night of the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) at a gala event in Harbourfront Centre’s Premiere Dance Theatre featuring readings by the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize nominees.

“Christopher Dewdney has been an inspiration to the next generation of poets, and has given generously of his time working on behalf of other writers.” says Geoffrey Taylor, Director, International Readings at Harbourfront. “We are delighted to be able to recognise and applaud this contribution.”

The 28th annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) features 94 authors from 16 countries, participate in 49 events as part of the largest literary festival in North America. The festival runs October 17–27, 2007.

For more information about the Harbourfront Festival Prize and IFOA, and to purchase tickets to this and other IFOA events, the public may call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000, or purchase online at


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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).
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