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Thriller night and Open Stage bookend month’s events.
José Latour, Lisa Gabriele, Colin McAdam among strong Canadian lineup

TORONTO, February 18, 2009 ----- Authors at Harbourfront Centre announces an impressive roll call from Canada as its 35th season of readings continues in March. Masters of crime and suspense José Latour, Michael Palmer, and Robert Rotenberg let readers in on their latest plotting on March 4. With a doctor (Palmer) and a criminal lawyer (Rotenberg) writing medical and criminal thrillers respectively, audiences should look forward to some intricately plotted tales of intrigue. March 11 and 18 feature stories of small towns, sibling rivalries, old grudges, and persuasive pets, with authors Lisa Gabriele, Lee Gowan, Elizabeth Kelly, Kim Echlin, Jessica Grant and Colin McAdam. The month’s events close on March 25 with the previously announced Open Stage Night, at which 20 poets 35 or younger are presented in celebration of Authors at Harbourfront Centre’s 35th season of readings. Events take place Wednesdays in York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.

Wednesday, March 4: Thriller Night. Cuban ex-pat and master of the noir novel José Latour presents his latest thriller, Crime of Fashion, a story of kidnapping, espionage, and, unusual for a crime novel, the world of high fashion. International bestseller Michael Palmer (USA) – an associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Health Services – reads from his 13th medical thriller, The Second Opinion. It is the story of a doctors’ conspiracy unravelled when a coma patient communicates a message to his daughter, a doctor with Asperger’s. Top criminal lawyer Robert Rotenberg presents his debut novel, Old City Hall, a fast-paced Toronto tale of murder and malice that brings the author’s local and legal knowledge into play. Both Latour and Rotenberg set their novels primarily in Toronto. James Grainger hosts.

Wednesday, March 11: Lisa Gabriele – series producer of Dragons’ Den, contributor to Glamour, Vice and Salon, and widely acclaimed author of Tempting Faith DiNapoli – reads from The Almost Archer Sisters, a warm, witty and disarmingly honest look at the devotion and rivalry between two sisters bound by an impossible-to-forget past and a still-uncertain future. Trillium Book Award nominee (for Make Believe Love) Lee Gowan reads from his third novel, Confession. Set in small-town Saskatchewan, it is one man’s story of a violent childhood event, precipitated by an overheard prophesy. But having killed his father as vengeance for his mother’s murder, Dwight Froese learns his mother’s death was an accident. In Apologize, Apologize!, Elizabeth Kelly tells the story of the Flanagans – a wildly eccentric Massachusetts clan both blessed and afflicted with an inexhaustible reservoir of old money, unwavering subversive charm, and a veritable chorus of dogs.

Wednesday, March 18: Kim Echlin, author of the acclaimed novels Elephant Winter and Dagmar’s Daughter, returns with a new novel: The Disappeared. Set in Montreal, it is the story of a Montreal woman and a Buddhist from Cambodia, whose growing love affair is torn apart by the still-present threat to the Buddhist’s family of the Khmer Rouge: a timely story in light of this week’s commencement of war crimes trials in Cambodia. In her debut novel, Jessica Grant, a past winner of the Journey Prize, tells the charming story of a somewhat scatterbrained narrator and her opinionated pet. Set in Oregon, Newfoundland, and a number of journeys between, Come, Thou Tortoise is original, sharp, and very funny. Colin McAdam’s debut novel, Some Great Thing, was widely acclaimed and nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Fall, his latest novel, is a powerful psychological thriller that offers a tragic glimpse into late-adolescent love and the lives of diplomats’ children at an Ottawa boarding school. Alison Pick hosts.

Wednesday, March 25: In this unique AUTHORS event, the Reading Series pays tribute to the talent that has grown up over its first 35 years of programming. Taking place on the cusp of National Poetry Month, Open Stage Night features 20 published poets who, like Authors at Harbourfront Centre, were born in 1974 or later. Poets will be invited to read for a maximum of five minutes, and a jury comprising Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and National Post Arts Reporter Mark Medley will award an invitation to read at the 30th annual International Festival of Authors (October 21–31, 2009) to one of the participants.

Submissions are open until February 25 at noon, following which the 20 names will be selected by random draw. For information on the event and how to submit their work, poets and their publishers should refer to the FAQ section at

March 11 and 25 events take place in the Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. March 4 and 18 events take place in the Lakeside Terrace at the same address. All events begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 to the general public, free for members and students with valid ID (unless otherwise noted). AUTHORS is also pleased to offer a 50% discount to members of the 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, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 5,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 16 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 21–31, 2009), including YoungIFOA; 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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