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Readings by Augusten Burroughs and Emily Giffin and celebrations for the Trillium Book Award and the Banff Centre in store as IRAH steps into summer

TORONTO, May 15, 2008 ----- For the final month of its 34th spectacular season, International Readings at Harbourfront is delighted to announce a series of superlative authors, special events, and literary celebrations running right through June. Highlights include a new memoir from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs; an event in honour of the 21st annual Trillium Book Award; the perfect bookclubbers evening with Emily Giffin; and a celebration of the Banff Centre’s 75th anniversary.

On Wednesday, June 4, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running With ScissorsAugusten Burroughs (U.S.A) presents A Wolf at the Table, a heartbreaking and searing account of the young Burroughs’ childhood with an emotionally absent and psychologically cruel father. Jack Todd (Canada), author of the Governor General’s Award-nominated memoir The Taste of Metal, reads from his debut novel, Sun Going Down, the story of the rough-and-tough Paint family through civil war, the desperation of the dust bowl, and the prosperity of the roaring 1920s. David Wroblewski’s (U.S.A) debut, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, is a riveting family saga in the vein of Hamlet. An exploration of the deep and ancient alliance between man and dog, Stephen King said of this book: “I flat-out loved [it] …There’s never been a book quite like [it].”

On Wednesday, June 11, IRAH hosts a celebration in honour of the 21st Trillium Book Award – the province’s leading award for literature. This licensed party, held on the eve of the winners’ announcement and presented in partnership with the Ontario Media Development Corporation, features brief readings by the authors shortlisted for each of the awards. The shortlists are announced in late May.
This event – held in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, 7:00–9:30 pm – is by invitation only, although a limited number of tickets will be made available to the public through contests. Interested media should contact Becky Toyne:

On Tuesday, June 17, in a special event perfect for the book-club set, Emily Giffin (U.S.A.), author of the New York Times bestselling Something Borrowed, Something Blue and Baby Proof, presents her new novel, Love the One You’re With. The story of one woman at the crossroads of true love and real life, it is a tale of lost loves and found fortunes that will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered about the one that got away. Emily Giffin reads from Love the One You’re With and is interviewed by Siri Agrell, a reporter for the Globe and Mail and the author of Bad Bridesmaid: Bachelorette Brawls and Taffeta Tantrums.

On Friday, June 27, IRAH has one last hurrah as its 34th season draws to a close. A licensed event with free admission, Rocky Mountain High: a Literary Celebration honours the literary legacy of the Banff Centre as it celebrates its 75th anniversary. This literary soiree by the lake, hosted by IRAH and presented in partnership with the Banff Centre, is punctuated by moments with Banff alumni and special guests including Barry Dempster, Jay Ingram, Marni Jackson, Lisa Moore, and Karen Solie. This event is part of A Rocky Mountain High: The Banff Centre, June 27–29, one of this year’s World Routes festivals at Harbourfront Centre. A Rocky Mountain High: The Banff Centre is presented by Banff Lake Louise Tourism.
Lakeside Terrace. York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, 7:00–9:00 pm

For more information about the Banff Centre’s Literary Arts Department the public may visit

Readings take place in the Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, at 7:30 p.m (unless otherwise noted). Tickets are $8 to the general public, free for members and students with valid ID (unless otherwise noted). 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 over 5,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including fifteen Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and 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).

Becky Toyne:; 416.973.5836
Lindsay Gulin:; 416.973.4395

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