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IRAH WELCOMES THE WALRUS AS OFFICIAL MONTHLY MAGAZINE SPONSOR
Magazine of the Year and world-renowned literary festival join forces in promoting authors from Canada and the world to Canadian readers


TORONTO, April 24, 2008 ----- As announced by The Walrus at noon EST today, International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH) is delighted to welcome The Walrus as the official monthly magazine sponsor of IRAH, and of the 29th annual International Festival of Authors (October 22 – November 1, 2008). This partnership sees Canada’s Magazine of the Year join forces with Canada’s premiere literary festival to create new platforms for presenting authors to Canadian readers, and new opportunities for the exchange of ideas between all authors who appear at IRAH and IFOA.

“This partnership of two of this country’s major literary brands represents an exciting opportunity to further the promotion of writers from Canada and around the world to a Canadian audience,” said Geoffrey Taylor, Director of IRAH and IFOA. “We are delighted to welcome The Walrus as our official monthly magazine sponsor.”

The Walrus is committed to publishing the best work by the best writers from Canada and elsewhere on a wide range of topics for readers who are curious about the world. “The Walrus is proud to be the monthly magazine sponsor for IRAH and IFOA, as we share a commitment to Canadian readers by exposing them to important literary works on the national and international level,” said Shelley Ambrose, Publisher of The Walrus and Executive Director of the Walrus Foundation.

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. Their season includes the weekly International Readings at Harbourfront (IRAH); the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 22–November 1, 2008), including YoungIFOA (October 28–31, 2008); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (2009 dates TBC); and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees (May 21–22, 2008).

About The Walrus:
The Walrus is published by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation, with a mandate to promote public discourse on matters vital to our country. We achieve these goals by publishing The Walrus magazine and by lifting the contents of the magazine off the page and putting them onto the stage to create a forum for spirited and intelligent debate on timely and pertinent issues.
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MEDIA CONTACT:
IRAH and IFOA: Becky Toyne – btoyne@harbourfrontcentre.com; (416) 973-5836
The Walrus: Laura Winterton – Laura.winterton@walrusmagazine.com; (416) 971-5004 x 255
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