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Finest orator in England makes only Canadian stop on tour

Toronto, March 10, 2008 ---- As the drama surrounding one literary Lord subsides, a new literary drama is building. On Thursday, March 20, International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH) welcomes blockbuster author Jeffrey Archer (U.K.) to present his fourteenth novel, A Prisoner of Birth. In his only event in Canada, and his first visit to IRAH since 1991, Lord Archer talks about the book and about how his years in politics, prison and the public eye have informed his phenomenal writing career. He is interviewed by the CBC’s Carol Off, host of As it Happens and author of Bitter Chocolate, takes questions from the audience, and signs copies of his new book. Richard Clewes, author of Finding Lily, hosts.

A formidable raconteur, Lord Archer has been praised by Margaret Thatcher as the finest orator in England, and by Larry King as the best storyteller alive. He has written fourteen novels, five sets of short stories, three plays, three children’s books and two screenplays, and has international sales in excess of 135 million copies. Archer ran the 100 yards for Great Britain in 1966 with a time of 9.6 seconds; he ran the Flora London Marathon in 2004 with a time of 5 hours 26 minutes. His endeavours for charity have raised millions. Lord Archer has served five years in the House of Commons, 16 years in the House of Lords, and two years at Her Majesty’s prisons. He was named a Life Peer in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1992.

Archer’s highly charged new thriller, A Prisoner of Birth, is touted as his best since the international smash Kane and Abel. The story of a man framed for murder who refuses to go down quietly, it has already been hailed as “a modern Monte Cristo” by USA Today (in reference to the Alexandre Dumas novel in which a wrongly accused man is sent to prison and exacts revenge).

This event takes place in the Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $8 to the general public, free for members and students with valid ID. IRAH is also pleased to offer a 50% discount to members of the following organisations: 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 (IFOA) (October 22–November 1, 2008), including YoungIFOA (October 29–31, 2008); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (2009 dates TBC); and A Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees (May 21–22, 2008).

Becky Toyne:; 416.973.5836
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