TORONTO, January 20, 2004---The Harbourfront Reading Series is pleased to announce that its 30th Anniversary year will kick off with world-renowned writer Elmore Leonard.Wednesday, February 18, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.Elmore Leonard, reading from Mr. Paradise and in conversation with Richard CrouseElmore Leonard is the author of over forty novels including Be Cool, Get Shorty, Tishomingo Blues and Rum Punch. He lives and works in Detroit, Michigan, which is also the setting of his newest book. “America’s greatest crime writer” (Newsweek) will read from Mr. Paradise, his first Detroit homicide novel in more than twenty years. The dark tale features a pair of harlots, an 84 year-old retired lawyer, the University of Michigan’s Wolverines football team, a detective named Delsa and a safe-deposit box full of loot. “Brilliantly constructed, wise and tough, this book, like so many recent Leonards, offers a master class in how to write a novel” (Publishers Weekly).Following the reading, Richard Crouse will interview Elmore Leonard onstage. Richard is the host of Reel To Real on Rogers Television and the IFC; a regular on CBC Radio One’s Groove Shinny; and the author of five books on popular culture.LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).TICKETS: $15 and $50 (latter includes a signed copy of Mr. Paradise); for members $10 and $45 (latter includes a signed copy of Mr. Paradise). For tickets and further information, the public can call 416 973 4000 or visit www.readings.org.-30-The Harbourfront Reading SeriesSince its inception in 1974, the weekly reading series has hosted more than 4,000 authors from 100 countries and thirteen Nobel laureates. The Harbourfront Reading Series gives Canadian authors an internationally recognized stage on which to present their work and brings the best of world literature to Canada. The annual International Festival of Authors (October 20 - 30, 2004) takes place over 11 days and has been the pinnacle event of the year-round Harbourfront Reading Series for twenty-five years.