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28th Annual International Festival of Authors springs out of the starting blocks!
Man Booker Prize winner Anne Enright to read at IFOA
Governor General's Literary Award finalists to read at festival

Toronto, October 17, 2007 - After what was a busy day in the literary prize calendar, the 28th annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) congratulates Anne Enright on winning the 2007 Man Booker Prize, and David Chariandy, Barbara Gowdy, Michael Ondaatje, Heather O’Neill and M.G. Vassanji on being shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English fiction. All six authors read at this year’s IFOA, which starts TODAY and runs to October 27!

Anne Enright was awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize for The Gathering, her fourth novel, a bleak story of a dysfunctional Irish family of which Howard Davies, chair of the judges, said: “The Gathering is an unflinching look at a grieving family…It has one of the best last sentences of any novel I have ever read." Previous Man Booker winners include Canadians Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje, who also read at this year’s IFOA.

IFOA participants Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and Lloyd Jones (Mister Pip) were also on the 6-strong shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. Details of their IFOA events are below.

David Chariandy, Barbara Gowdy, Michael Ondaatje, Heather O’Neill and M.G. Vassanji have been named as the authors shortlisted for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award (English fiction). IFOA is delighted to confirm all five authors as readers at this year’s Festival, and is proud to host an annual event dedicated to this major literary prize. Monday October 22, 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.

In the category of Children’s Literature (text) Hugh Brewster was nominated for Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, based on the John Singer Sargent painting of the same name. Hugh Brewster reads as part of YoungIFOA. October 24, 1pm, Brigantine Room.

In the category of poetry, Margaret Atwood was nominated for her new collection, The Door. Atwood appears at the sold-out PEN Benefit on opening night (October 17) and at the House of Anansi 40th Anniversary. Saturday October 20, 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.

Events to Bookmark at IFOA:

ANNE ENRIGHT reads from The Gathering:
Saturday October 20, 8 pm, Brigantine Room.
With Shalom Auslander, Amy Bloom, Vendela Vida and Souvankham Thammavongsa.

ANNE ENRIGHT is interviewed by Carolyn Weaver:
Sunday October 21, 12 pm, Brigantine Room

MOHSIN HAMID reads from The Reluctant Fundamentalist:
Tuesday October 23, 8 pm, Lakeside Terrace.
With Aryn Kyle, Ian Holding, David Leavitt and Priscila Uppal.

MOHSIN HAMID participates in War, Terror, Trauma and the New Novel:
Saturday October 27, 2 pm.
A round table with Alessandro Piperno and Eric Wright, moderated by Susan G. Cole.

LLOYD JONES reads from Mister Pip and is interviewed by Paul Quarrington:
Saturday October 27, 4 pm. Janice Kulyk Keefer also reads.

See for full a full list of participants, event, schedule and other information.

Tickets to most events cost $15 for the general public and $12 for members. For students with valid ID, tickets are free (where available) Some exceptions apply.

Tickets to YoungIFOA are free. Please call Harbourfront Centre’s School Visits department for details: 416.973.4091.

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