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IFOA BUILDS BRIDGES FOR THE PROMOTION OF CAN-LIT ABROAD
International Visitors Programme at IFOA confirms participants from Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, U.K. and U.S.A.


TORONTO, October 8, 2008 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre, in association with the International Visitors Programme (I.V.), is pleased to announce the names of the publishing professionals confirmed to take part in the inaugural session of I.V.. Set against the backdrop of the International Festival of Authors (IFOA), publishing professionals from around the world participate in a programme of inter-industry dialogue with the goal of furthering the reach of Canadian books and literature. I.V. begins on October 26 and runs for four days as part of IFOA: October 22 – November 1.

I.V. is the brainchild of a committee headed by Iris Tupholme, HarperCollins Canada Vice President, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, and draws on elements of similar successful programmes outside Canada. Committee members represent a number of corporations within the Canadian literary industry, among them IFOA.

Guests of I.V. will take part in publisher sponsored working breakfasts and lunches, on an industry panel as part of IFOA, an IFOA day-trip to Niagara Falls with participating authors, and in a series of scheduled one-on-one meetings with Canadian industry professionals. The I.V. Committee has issued an invitation to the Canadian book industry to schedule meetings with I.V. participants. Following the format of an international rights fair, these short meetings focus on Canadian authors for whom foreign rights are available. Meetings take place at Harbourfront Centre, and are to be arranged through Tim Watermeyer at IFOA: twatermeyer@harbourfrontcentre.com.

I.V. participants will enjoy a number of opportunities to experience the Canadian publishing industry at its celebratory best, both in private meetings and in industry events organised as part of IFOA, where they will meet the 135 Canadian and international authors who are participating this year.

“The International Visitors Programme will become one of the main pillars of IFOA’s community outreach for years to come,” said Geoffrey Taylor, Director, International Festival of Authors. “In under a year, the publishing community has united to open a new chapter for IFOA. It has been very rewarding to see so many disparate groups come together to support the simple idea of promoting Canadian literature at home and abroad.”

“The response from the Canadian publishing community has been very encouraging,” said Iris Tupholme, “We all welcome this opportunity to showcase Canadian authors and writing to our international colleagues against the backdrop of the IFOA. So much of publishing is built upon relationships with agents, editors and publishers – this is a chance for us to welcome some of the publishing industry's top people to Toronto.”

As an early measure of its success, the I.V. Programme has already expanded beyond its original targets for year one. The projected seven International Visitors will be joined by a number of Distinguished Guests, for whom the programme became a catalyst for their trip to Toronto this October.

International Visitors will therefore be joined by a number of Distinguished Guests from the international publishing industry. The combined list of guests includes: Clare Alexander (Literary Agent, Aitken Alexander Associates), Jennifer Barth (Vice President and Executive Editor, HarperCollins Publishers, USA), Paraic Breathnach (Director, Galway Festival, Ireland), Liam Browne (Programme Director, Dublin Writers' Festival, Ireland), Jonathan Burnham (Senior Vice President and Publisher, HarperCollins Publishers, USA), Eugene Downes (Director, Culture Ireland), Maggie Doyle (Foreign Acquisition Director, Éditions Robert Laffont, France), Anne Green (Director, Calgary WordFest, Canada), Mitch Hoffman (Executive Editor, Grand Central Publishing, USA), Dr. Christiane Lange (Co-director, Berlin Poetry Festival, Germany), Lorna Owen (Senior Editor, Nan A Talese/Doubleday, USA), Alexandra Payne (Non-fiction Commissioning Editor (University of Queensland Press, Australia), Alexandra Pringle (Editor-in-Chief, Bloomsbury Publishing, UK), Bettina Schrewe (Bettina Schrewe Literary Scouting, USA), Paul Slovak (Vice President and Publisher, Viking Penguin, USA), Riky Stock (Representing German Literature Abroad,), Antoine Tanguay (Founder and Director, Éditions Alto, Québec, Canada), Ed Victor (Literary Agent, Ed Victor Ltd, UK), Michael Zeeman (Journalist, Cultural Correspondent for de Volkskrant, The Netherlands).

Seed funding for this initiative is provided by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).
An assistance grant was provided by the Association for the Export of Canadian Books (AECP).
Visitor support has come from the following government agencies: Consulate General of France in Toronto, Consulate General of The Netherlands, Culture Ireland, Goethe-Institut Toronto, Government of Québec.

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Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted more than 5,000 authors from 100 countries, including 15 Nobel Laureates. Our season includes a weekly reading series (September to June); the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 22–November 1, 2008), including YoungIFOA (October 28, 30, 31, 2008); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (May 4–6, 2009); and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 13–14, 2009).
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