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Featuring Jack Diamond, Glenn McArthur and Witold Rybczynski

TORONTO, May 5, 2009 ----- As part of the 5th annual Festival of Architecture and Design, Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) is proud to present an evening of readings and discussion in celebration of Canada’s architectural greats. Jack Diamond, Glenn McArthur and Witold Rybczynski present their latest publications at this special event on May 20. Marco Polo, architect and Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, hosts.

Internationally acclaimed architect Jack Diamond’s (Canada) career encompasses a wide variety of aspects of planning and architecture. His pioneering work in the city of Toronto includes the use of infill, the recycling of historic buildings and the creation of low-rise alternatives to high-rise development. Diamond presents Insight and On Site: The Architecture of Diamond and Schmitt – co-written with Donald Schmitt and Don Gillmor – featuring 12 essays that interweave a veritable portfolio of the Diamond and Schmitt oeuvre and address issues of the livable and sustainable city in the 21st century; introduction by Witold Rybczynski, foreword by Richard Florida.

Glenn McArthur (Canada) is a designer, photographer, author and artist whose work has been exhibited in several galleries. He has worked as a graphic designer for advertising agencies and design studios in both New York City and Toronto. His book on the architect William Thomas received glowing reviews and numerous awards. In A Progressive Traditionalist, McArthur chronicles the life and work of one of the early 20th century’s foremost architects, John M. Lyle, from his training at Yale and in Paris, to his early career in New York and his later success in Toronto, including the iconic Union Station.

Witold Rybczynski (Canada) has written about architecture for the New York Times, Time, Atlantic, the New Yorker and, and is the author of the critically acclaimed book Home and the award-winning A Clearing in the Distance. He was also the recipient of the National Building Museum’s 2007 Vincent Scully Prize. Rybczynski lives in Philadelphia where he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. My Two Polish Grandfathers, a book comprised of autobiographical essays, acts as a testimony to the boundary-less world of art, architecture and music, and how its language needs no translation – a clear affirmation of Rybczynski’s own career choices.

This event takes place on May 20 at 7:30pm in the York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). Tickets are $8 to the general public, FREE for members and students with valid ID. 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 (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).


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