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TORONTO, November 15, 2007 --- International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH) is delighted to announce a special event for December: Swedish crime-writing superstar Henning Mankell makes his Canadian debut as part of the 34th season of IRAH. He presents his most recent novel to be translated into English, Kennedy’s Brain, and is interviewed by the CBC’s Carol Off on Monday December 3 at 7:30 pm in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room. Mankell’s trademark is for thrillers with a social conscience, and this new novel inspired by the tragedy of the Aids epidemic in Africa makes his IRAH appearance an event for more than crime-fiction aficionados.

Henning Mankell is perhaps best known as the author of the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed Kurt Wallander Mysteries (Faceless Killers, One Step Behind), published in 33 countries. He has been commended by Michael Ondaatje as “by far the best writer of police mysteries today…in the great tradition of those whose works transcend their genre to become thrilling and moral literature”, and as “Sweden’s lord of criminal misrule” by the UK’s Independent. He is the author of many novels for children, teens and adults, including Depths, Chronicler of the Winds and A Bridge to the Stars, as well as being one of Sweden’s most popular dramatists. His appearance at IRAH is made possible by the Embassy of Sweden.

Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique, where he is Director of the Teatro Avenida in Maputo. He devotes much of his time to working with Aids charities in Africa, as written about in his 2005 book, I Die, but the Memory Lives on.

He presents Kennedy’s Brain, a terrifying thriller inspired by the tragedy of the Aids epidemic in Africa. When a mother refuses to believe that her son committed suicide, she embarks on a journey to discover the sinister truth behind his death. Mankell takes the reader from Sweden to Mozambique in a riddle which includes the mother’s discovery that her son had contracted HIV, and that he had a mysterious obsession with the conspiracy theory that JFK's brain had disappeared prior to his autopsy.

Mankell is interviewed by the CBC’s Carol Off, whose award-winning documentaries include Of Crimes and Courage, the story of a child who survived the massacre of her family in Kosovo and then went on to personally hunt down the killers, and Thou Shalt Not Kill, a profile of religious extremists who kill abortion doctors. Off’s most recent book, Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet, chronicles the bitter underside of the international cocoa industry.

Unless otherwise noted, all IRAH events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, in the Brigantine Room at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8 / free for members and students with valid ID. IRAH is pleased to offer a 50% discount to members of the Writers Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000.

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 22–November 1, 2008), including YoungIFOA (October 2008); 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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