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TORONTO, October 26, 2007 ---- International Readings at Harbourfront’s 28th annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 17 – 27, 2007) heads into its final weekend and looks forward to show-stopping events including an afternoon East Coast party and an evening with Scotiabank Giller Prize nominees.

East Coast authors Carol Bruneau, D.R. MacDonald, Alistair MacLeod, Beatrice MacNeil and Bernice Morgan take part in a round table, discussing The Future of East Coast Fiction. Fellow East Coaster Larry Gaudet moderates. One of the final events of this year’s IFOA, this fun round table will include Sandy MacIntyre and Friends playing Cape Breton fiddle, and a bar! Saturday October 27, 4 pm, Brigantine Room.

Once again IFOA plays out in style, with readings by Scotiabank Giller Prize nominees on the closing night of the festival. This year’s shortlisted authors – Elizabeth Hay (Late Nights on Air), Michael Ondaatje (Divisadero), Daniel Poliquin (A Secret between Us), M.G. Vassanji (The Assassin’s Song) and Alissa York (Effigy) – will all read from their nominated novels. This special evening also includes the presentation of the Harbourfront Festival Prize, awarded annually in recognition of an author’s outstanding contribution to literature. It is presented this year to poet Christopher Dewdney. Saturday October 27, 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.

Books by all the authors will be on sale in the IFOA festival bookstore, and all authors will be signing copies of their books after their events.


Saturday October 27

12 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre
Justin Cartwright (The Song before it is Sung) is interviewed by CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel.
Alison Gzowski hosts.

2 pm, Brigantine Room
Tracy Chevalier (Burning Bright) is interviewed by Helen Humphreys (The Frozen Thames).
Siri Agrell hosts.

2 pm, Lakeside Terrace
War Terror, Trauma and the New Novel
A round table with Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Alessandro Piperno (The Worst Intentions) and Eric Wright (Finding Home), moderated by NOW’s Susan G. Cole.

3 pm, Studio Theatre
Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings) is interviewed by Sheila Heti.
Peter Birkemoe hosts.

4 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre
Booker-shortlisted author Lloyd Jones (Mister Pip) and Janice Kulyk Keefer (Midnight Stroll) read. Lloyd Jones is interviewed by Paul Quarrington.
Zoe Whittal hosts.

For more information or to purchase tickets the public may call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000, or purchase online at

Tickets to most events cost $15 for the general public and $12 for members.
Tickets to the Scotiabank Giller Prize readings are $25/$20 for members.

Since its inception in 1974, International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH) has hosted more than 5,000 authors from 100 countries, including fifteen 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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Television: Shane Gerard. 416.973.4518 or
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