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AUTHORS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF
THIS AIN’T THE ROSEDALE LIBRARY
Readings and music with Eileen Myles, Stuart Ross, Jowi Taylor and others.


TORONTO, August 18, 2009 ---- As part of its 36th season of readings, Authors at Harbourfront Centre is delighted to present a 30th birthday tribute to Toronto bastion of independent bookselling This Ain’t the Rosedale Library. On September 16, 2009, Torontonians are invited to celebrate this local artistic milestone being reached with readings and music courtesy of bill bissett, Lee Ann Brown, Eileen Myles, Stuart Ross, Jowi Taylor and the Six String Nation guitar. JAZZ.FM's Jaymz Bee hosts, and This Ain’t… owner Charlie Huisken reflects on three decades in the business. The celebration takes place Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30pm in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room.

“For 30 years we at This Ain’t the Rosedale Library have been doing our best with the resources we have to share our passions for the arts and literature,“ said This Ain’t’s…Charlie Huisken. “This event with Toronto’s longest-running reading series allows us to pay special attention to the people who create the beautiful things with which we surround ourselves.”

Author bill bissett, founder of blewointment press – publisher of bpNichol and Steve McCaffery – gives a trademark charged reading of his latest “textual vision,” sublingual.

Lee Ann Brown reads from her poetry collection The Sleep that Changed Everything, which 2008 Griffin Poetry Prize winner Robin Blaser called, “an astonishing, wonderful book, top-of-the-line poetry.”

Eileen Myles, named “the rock star of modern poetry” by BUST Magazine, reads work taken from her more than 20 collections of published poetry.

Canadian fiction writer, poet, editor, creative-writing instructor and co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair Stuart Ross reads from his latest collection of stories, Buying Cigarettes for the Dog.

Writer and broadcaster Jowi Taylor presents his book about his “Six String Nation” project (Six String Nation: 64 Pieces, 6 Strings, 1 Guitar) centred around a guitar built literally from pieces of Canadian heritage.

The evening is emceed by Canadian musician, writer and radio personality Jaymz Bee.

After the onstage event in the Brigantine Room, the audience is invited to attend an after party in This Ain’t the Rosedale Library’s new home neighbourhood of Kensington Market. The after party begins at 10pm at Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue.

Bios of all participants are available at www.readings.org under “Events.”

Authors at Harbourfront Centre’s 36th season of readings commences in September 2009. Full lineup details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets are $8 to the general public, FREE for members and students with ID.
Harbourfront Centre Box Office/Information: 416-973-4000. Or visit www.readings.org.


About This Ain’t the Rosedale Library:
This Ain’t the Rosedale Library first opened its doors in 1979 on Queen Street East, later moving to the Church Street location that remained its home for two decades. In March 2008, co-owners and founder Charlie Huisken and Dan Bazuin announced that the store was moving to Kensington Market and that Bazuin would be stepping back from the day-to-day running of the business while Huisken’s son Jesse stepped up. This Ain’t… has been open at 86 Nassau Street since June 2008.

About Authors at Harbourfront Centre:
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 2010); and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 2010).
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MEDIA CONTACT:
Becky Toyne: btoyne@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-5836

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