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MAY 4–6, 2009
Full-day programming for grades K to 8 celebrating the art of the book

TORONTO, April 16, 2009 ----- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) presents the sixth installment of ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers, a three-day festival celebrating everything that goes into the art of a book. Full-day programming for budding bibliophiles grades K to 8 takes place in Harbourfront Centre’s York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). Six ALOUD authors read from and discuss their work, and students get hands-on in a book-making craft workshop, a full days worth of fun for $12 per student. The public may also attend author events for $5 each. All author events feature a reading, Q&A and book signing.

Authors passing on the love of words to the next generation this year are:

On Monday, May 4 (Primary Day) students grades K to 2 enjoy a Canadian twist on the alphabet book in M is for Moose by painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian and lecturer Charles Pachter at 10:30am, and join in on an illustrated alphabetic adventure featuring the animals of Toronto Island in The Animal’s Day: An Island Alphabet, from eclectic artist Barbara W. Klunder at 12:30pm.

On Tuesday, May 5 (Junior Day) students grades 3 to 6 revel in the childhood spirit of secret plans and adventures while learning the positives of being different in Natale Ghent’s The Odds Get Even at 10:30am, and are captivated by Robert Paul Weston’s Dr. Seuss-style tale of fanciful creatures and wild imaginations, Zorgamazoo, at 12:30pm – sure to win over even the most reluctant of readers.

On Wednesday, May 6 (Intermediate Day) students grades 7 to 8 get a taste of the supernatural at 10:30am with Kelley Armstrong’s The Awakening, featuring a not-so-normal teenage girl who can raise the dead, and can help make a difference at 12:30pm by purchasing a copy of Sharon E. McKay’s War Brothers, with a portion of its proceeds going to the Canadian-instigated, globally championed GuluWalk, a charity in support of former child soldiers. Sharon McKay’s presentation includes a video and a representative from GuluWalk.

NOTE: All students have been pre-cleared for media photography/filming.

Since its inaugural festival in 2005, ALOUD has attracted authors from around the world, including Mélanie Watt (Canada), Katarina Mazetti (Sweden), James A. Owen (USA), Meg Rosoff (UK/USA), Richard Scrimger (Canada) and one of the UK’s most borrowed authors, Jacqueline Wilson. With companions YoungIFOA and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, ALOUD is one of three celebrations for younger readers which make up the AUTHORS season. ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers is presented with Harbourfront Centre’s School Visits Programme.

Events begin at 10:30am and 12:30pm. For more information and to book tickets, teachers and the public may call the Harbourfront Centre School Visits registrar at 416-973-4091, or email Limited subsidies are available for schools in need.

Full biographical information for participating authors is at

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).


Becky Toyne:; 416-973-5836
Lindsay Gulin:; 416-973-4395
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