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Popular Lit Lunch series to present Guy Gavriel Kay, Alissa York,
Maureen Jennings and many more

Becky Toyne, 416.973.5836 or
Ab. Velasco, 416.393.7001 or

TORONTO, January 31, 2008 – International Readings at Harbourfront Centre (IRAH) is thrilled to once again join Toronto Public Library for Keep Toronto Reading (, a month-long city-wide celebration of reading, with special events featuring top and emerging voices from Canada’s arts community.

The two partners will team up with the Amazing Food Service to present Lit Lunch, a unique and popular lunch time author series that takes place on Feb. 13, 14, 20 and 27 in library branches located along the subway line. Customers can bring their own lunch or buy a complete meal provided by the Amazing Food Service for just $5.

This year’s Lit Lunch theme promises a smorgasbord of literary delights for all reading tastes and interests, featuring Guy Gavriel Kay, Alissa York, Maureen Jennings, Paul Quarrington, Kelley Armstrong and others.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 (12:30–1:30 p.m.)

Toronto Masters of Narrative
(Deer Park Branch)
Ray Robertson talks about Jim Morrison, Jack Kerouac and life beyond small towns in his book What Happened Later. Veteran Toronto journalist Barry Callaghan reads from his collection of short stories, Between Trains.

Lads Who Lit
(Pape Danforth Branch)
2008 Canada Reads nominee Paul Quarrington explores the tragicomic nature of cause and effect in his latest book, The Ravine. Dave Bidini talks about his rock-and-roll memoir, Around the World in 57 ˝ Gigs.

Thursday, Feb. 14 (12:30–1:30 p.m.)

Romance Fiction with Teeth
(Toronto Reference Library)
Kelley Armstrong (Personal Demon) and Eve Silver (Dark Prince) dish on the process of infusing romance novels with a steamy serving of the supernatural.

Wednesday, Feb. 20 (12:30–1:30 p.m.)

Spectacular Speculative Fiction
(Toronto Reference Library)
Guy Gavriel Kay presents his contemporary exploration of Celtic myths, Ysabel, and Nalo Hopkinson reads from her new book, The New Moon's Arms.

Ladies Who Lit
(North York Central Library, Concourse)
Tish Cohen (Town House) and Governor General's Award-winner Diane Schoemperlen (At a Loss for Words) put the fun in dysfunctional with their tales of love gone awry.

The Spymasters
(City Hall Branch)
Brendan Howley (The Witness Tree) and José Latour (Comrades in Miami) present a fascinating landscape of crime, intrigue and international politics.

Wednesday, Feb. 27 (12:30–1:30 p.m.)

History Re-Imagined
(Toronto Reference Library)
Dennis Bock (The Communist's Daughter) and 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlister Alissa York (Effigy) put a compelling twist on the past with their acclaimed novels.

Bloody Books
(Northern District Branch)
Linwood Barclay (No Time for Goodbye) and Maureen Jennings (The K Hand Shape) crank up the suspense with tales of murder and mayhem.

In the Presence of Poets
(Runnymede Branch)
Trillium Book Award-winner Ken Babstock (Airstream Land Yacht) and Souvankham Thammavongsa (Found) testify to the harrowing beauty of things found and everday experiences.


About Keep Toronto Reading
Keep Toronto Reading is Toronto Public Library’s month-long celebration of the joy of
reading, featuring literary and cultural events throughout the city. This year, the library
introduces the city's first community read, Keep Toronto Reading One Book. Everybody is invited to read this year’s selection, Consolation by Michael Redhill.

About IRAH
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 29–31, 2008); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (February 12–14, 2008); and A Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees (May 21–22, 2008).
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