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Authors at Harbourfront Centre Announces
Winner to read at the 31st annual IFOA and have their book advertised in NOW

TORONTO, March 8, 2010 --- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) is pleased to announce the 20 poets selected for this year’s NOW Open Poetry Stage. A jury comprising Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall, and NOW Magazine contributor Robert Priest will select one author to win an invitation to read at the 31st annual International Festival of Authors (October 20–30, 2010) and have their book advertised in NOW.

On March 31, poets from a range of Canadian presses grace the AUTHORS stage to give 20 readings in one night. The NOW Open Stage Night poets are: Domenico Capilongo, Brian Day, Dayle Furlong, Len Gasparini, Sky Gilbert, Susan Holbrook, M.T. Kelly, Alexis Kienlan, Michael Lista, Irene Marques, Chris Pannell, Damian Rogers, Julie Roorda, David Sobelman, Fraser Sutherland, Matthew Tierney, Priscila Uppal, Paul Vermeersch, Patrick Watson, and Tara-Michelle Ziniuk. This year’s event will be hosted by last year’s Open Stage winner, Jacob McArthur Mooney.

In March 2009, AUTHORS hosted Open Stage Night – the first time it had issued an open call for submissions to be part of its reading series, and the first time participants had been selected by random draw. The age limit for that event was 35. For this second incarnation, no age limit applied, but in keeping with AUTHORS’ mandate to promote new literature and new voices, books must have been published within the past five years and currently be in print with a trade publisher. AUTHORS accepted submissions for the event through each poet’s publishing representative until March 1, with selected participants notified through March 5. Each poet reads for up to five minutes and books will be for sale at the event.

Tickets to attend the event are $8 (free for members and students with ID). AUTHORS is pleased to offer a 50% discount to members of the League of Canadian Poets, and also to members of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. This event takes place Wednesday, March 31 at 7:30pm in the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Authors at Harbourfront Centre weekly readings continue through June 2010. For more information and to purchase tickets, the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.


Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-5836
Lindsay Gulin:; 416-973-4395

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 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 the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers at Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 12–13, 2010).

About NOW Magazine:
Toronto's independent weekly – NOW Magazine – was launched Thursday, September 10, 1981, as the city's alternative voice. After starting with just five staff members, founding owner/operators Michael Hollett and Alice Klein have seen the weekly grow to become a key cultural and political voice in Toronto – and Canada – with more than 100 employees.

Klein (Editor/CEO) and Hollett (Editor/Publisher) are active participants in a team that features many of Canada's leading critics and writers as well as fresh new voices just beginning to establish their own audiences. The weekly delivers an essential print package – echoed online – that includes a hard-hitting and progressive news section, and intelligent and fresh cultural reporting that often introduces new artists and acts to its readers, as well as the city's most extensive activity listings.

NOW is published every Thursday (though available at key downtown locations and in street boxes Wednesday nights) and distributed at over 3,400 locations in the Greater Toronto Area.

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