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Winner, along with 5 others, invited to read at the International Festival of Authors

TORONTO, March 30, 2009 --- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) names Jacob McArthur Mooney, author of The New Layman’s Almanac, as the winner of Open Stage Night. In celebration of 35 years of world-renowned reading events at Harbourfront Centre, Open Stage Night showcased 20 poets 35 years of age or younger last Wednesday evening to a packed house. A jury comprising Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and National Post Arts Reporter Mark Medley selected Mooney following his stand-out performance, an honour which ensured an invitation to read at the world-renowned International Festival of Authors, which runs from October 21–31, 2009.

Mooney, the first author to be announced for the 30th anniversary of the IFOA, is a 25-year-old Nova Scotian now residing in Mississauga, Ontario. He is an editor with the web journal and the founder of The Facebook Review. His work has been widely published, and in 2006 he was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award in Poetry. His debut collection, The New Layman’s Almanac, was published by McClelland & Stewart in March 2008.

As a result of Open Stage Night, AUTHORS has also invited 5 additional poets to read at IFOA. Those authors are: Kyle Buckley (The Laundromat Essay), Dani Couture (Good Meat), Jason Guriel (Technicolored), Jennica Harper (What It Feels like for a Girl), and Meaghan Strimas (Junkman’s Daughter).

“Any one of these 6 authors could have been the winner on any given night,” says AUTHORS Director Geoffrey Taylor. “We were looking for someone who was the best interpreter of their own work, and on March 25 that was Jacob. But we were happy to invite another five exceptional poets to be a part of the Festival this fall.”

On February 9, Authors at Harbourfront Centre invited submissions from poets, who, like the Reading Series, were born in 1974 or later and who have a complete work currently in print with a trade publisher. In a break with its usual convention, AUTHORS selected 20 readers via a random draw of all eligible submissions following the deadline for submissions on February 25. The 20 poets selected read on the evening of March 25 in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto).

Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly events continue through June 17, 2009. 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 (October 27, 29, 30, 2009); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (May 4–6, 2009); and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 13–14, 2009).

Lindsay Gulin:; 416-973-4395
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