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IFOA RECEIVES $200,000 GRANT FROM ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION
TO DEVELOP PROVINCIAL EXPANSION

TORONTO, January 6, 2010 ---- The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) has been awarded a $200,000 grant by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to support the continued research and development of IFOA ONTARIO, the touring component of Canada’s largest and longest-running literary festival. This grant, awarded over a three-year period, ensures the continued research and development of an initiative begun in 2007 to expand the IFOA throughout its home province.

“Investing in IFOA Ontario promotes the development of reading and writing across the Province. By exposing communities to the best in contemporary literature, we are fostering the next generation of literary talents,” said Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture.

In 2009, IFOA Ontario included 10 literary events in seven locations: Barrie, Burlington, Don Mills, Midland, Orillia, Parry Sound and Uxbridge. In all, 29 authors from Canada and around the world took part in readings, interviews, round table discussions, and master classes for students. IFOA Ontario works with partner organizations in each community, including chain and independent bookstores, members of the Ontario Library Association, museums and cultural organizations, schools, colleges and universities, and existing literary events.

This OTF grant, designed to promote cultural and artistic activities for people of all ages throughout Ontario, guarantees IFOA’s continued development of partnerships beyond Toronto, using the Festival’s internationally established reputation to facilitate access for readers throughout the Province to the most important and influential literary voices being published today.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s support allows us to place more Ontario communities on the world stage, and to bring the world to more parts of Ontario,” said Geoffrey Taylor, Director of IFOA. “This initiative will help the IFOA – with its partners – to expand its focus on literature and literacy throughout the province.”

IFOA Ontario events overlap with those of the Toronto IFOA, extending the total run of the Festival to more than two weeks. IFOA 2010 dates are October 20 – 30, 2010; IFOA Ontario 2010 dates are to be confirmed.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For over 25 years, the Foundation has supported the growth and vitality of communities across the province. OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives. For more information, please visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.

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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).

Media Contact: Becky Toyne: btoyne@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-5836
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