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Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology Launch and Jonathan Lethem round out fall lineup

TORONTO, November 5, 2009 ---- Following the most successful International Festival of Authors to date (October 21–31, 2009), Authors at Harbourfront Centre’s (AUTHORS) weekly programming returns with two events to round out the fall portion of its 36th season. Celebrate the launch of the Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology alongside anthology contributors and Canadian literary celebs (Nov. 18) and listen in as Jonathan Lethem reads from his latest novel and takes part in an onstage interview (Nov. 25).

On Wednesday, November 18 AUTHORS plays host to the Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology Launch, featuring presentations from a number of anthology contributors including Russell Morton Brown, Steven Heighton, Dennis Lee, Michael Ondaatje, John Reeves, and Paul Vermeersch. Proceeds from the book, and a special auction of Al Purdy items, help support the preservation of the beloved Purdy home as a retreat for future generations of Canadian writers; once known as one of the most important crossroads for notable Canadian writers from the 1950s to the 1990s. John Degan of the Arts Council of Ontario hosts this evening of poetry and anecdotes.

On Wednesday, November 25, bestselling and award-winning American author Jonathan Lethem takes the stage to read from his latest novel, Chronic City – a gorgeous, searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires, and lies – followed by an onstage interviewed (interviewer TBC). Lethem is the author of eight previous novels, including the bestsellers The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, four short story collections, a collection of autobiographical essays, a novella and a comic book. His stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, McSweeny's, Tin House, New York Times and others.

Additional information is available at under “Events.”

Events take place in the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West). Tickets are $8 to the general public, FREE for members and students with ID. To purchase tickets the public may call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office/Information at 416-973-4000 or visit

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 5,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 17 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 20–30, 2010), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 2010).


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