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AUTHORS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE’S WEEKLY PROGRAMMING RETURNS
Three February events including Elizabeth Kostova, Chuck Thompson, Matthew Hooton and more

TORONTO, January 25, 2010 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre’s (AUTHORS) 36th season continues with three events in February, including readings by the internationally bestselling author of The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova (Feb. 10), travel writer extraordinaire Chuck Thompson (Feb. 17) and “New Face of Fiction” Matthew Hooton (Feb. 24).

Three new novels start off AUTHORS’ 2010 events, with readings by Elizabeth Kostova, Rabindranath Maharaj and Beth Powning on February 10. Elizabeth Kostova (USA), best known for her internationally bestselling novel The Historian, presents The Swan Thieves, about a tormented artist, the lives of the women around him, and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Multiple award-nominated author Rabindranath Maharaj (Canada/Trinidad) reads from The Amazing Absorbing Boy, a humorous and heartbreaking story that will appeal to comic book lovers, teens, and Torontonians of all ages. Canadian author Beth Powning shares The Sea Captain’s Wife, a 19th century tale of love and obsession, set on an ill-fated voyage from the Bay of Fundy to London.

On February 17, three of today’s top travel writers are featured at the Ben McNally Travellers Series. Socio-linguistics expert Glenn Dixon (Canada) presents Pilgrim in the Palace of Words: A Journey Through the 6,000 Languages of Earth, about his travels to explore and understand the way that languages create and mould societies. Deirdre Kelly (Canada), award-winning writer for the Globe and Mail, takes readers on a reminiscent journey through her eight visits to Paris in Paris Times Eight: Finding Myself in the City of Dreams. Chuck Thompson (USA) has travelled on assignment to more than 35 countries and in his latest book, To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism, he faces his worst travel fears in Africa, India, Mexico City, and at Disney World. Ben McNally hosts.

On February 24, Ali Eteraz, Matthew Hooton and Michelle Wan take the stage to read from their new books. Receiving praise from Publisher’s Weekly to O: The Oprah Magazine, Ali Eteraz’s (USA) Children of Dust is an elegant memoir about his madrassa life in Pakistan, culture shock of moving to the US, and journey to the modern Middle East. Matthew Hooton (Canada), one of Knopf Canada’s New Faces of Fiction for 2010, presents his debut novel, Deloume Road, about the ties that exist between the recently arrived and the long-established members of a small Vancouver Island community during the first Gulf War. Born in China, raised in India and the US and now residing in Canada, Michelle Wan’s (Canada) Kill for an Orchid, the fourth book in the Death in the Dordogne Series, takes readers on a journey of greed, obsession and murder.

Bios of all participants are available at www.readings.org 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. Harbourfront Centre Box Office/Information: 416-973-4000. Or online at www.readings.org.

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 12–13, 2010).

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Becky Toyne: btoyne@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-5836
Lindsay Gulin: lgulin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
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