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With appearances by Anosh Irani, Andrea Levy, Michael Helm and others

TORONTO, March 29, 2010 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) presents three April events that include stories spanning the globe. Authors Anosh Irani (Apr. 7), Andrea Levy (Apr. 21), Michael Helm (Apr. 28) and more present new works set from Iran to 19th century Jamaica and Canada.

On April 7, Anosh Irani, Jeffrey Moore and Joan Thomas take readers on a journey around the world with stories set in Iran, Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains and 19th century England. Award-winning playwright, Anosh Irani (Canada/India) presents Dahanu Road, an epic love story about three generations of Irani Zoroastrians who fled from persecution in Iran to India. Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winner Jeffrey Moore (Canada) shares The Extinction Club, following a fugitive of sorts as he happens upon a heap of trouble he doesn’t need, want or seem capable of avoiding. Also a winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Joan Thomas (Canada) reads from Curiosity, a 19th-century tale blending fact and fiction to tell the story of Mary Anning, perhaps the most important palaeontologist of her day. James Grainger hosts.

Three authors bring to the stage a slave’s story in 19th century Jamaica, a timeless tale of love and adventure and an English comedy of manners on April 21. Andrea Levy (UK) presents her 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction-longlisted novel, The Long Song, which takes readers back to her family’s native island with the story of July, a slave on a Jamaican sugar plantation whose tumultuous life ends in blessed freedom. Award-winning author Adam Lewis Schroeder (Canada) shares In the Fabled East, a sweeping literary adventure spanning from 1890s Aix-en-Provence to the American involvement in 1950s Vietnam. Born in England, Helen Simonson reads from her debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. This comedy of manners, set in a fictionalized English countryside community, centres around Major Ernest Pettigrew, whose predictable life is forever changed when his friendship with an enchanting shopkeeper evolves into something more.

Michael Helm, Erín Moure and Russell Smith participate in an evening of fiction exploring the impact of violence, the act of reading, and the grip of obsession on April 28. Editor of Brick, Michael Helm (Canada) presents Cities of Refuge, which centres on the complex relationship between a young woman and her father after the girl is assaulted on a side street in downtown Toronto. Author of 13 books of poetry and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, Erín Moure (Canada) shares O Resplandor, a collection of poetry examining the act of reading. Russell Smith (Canada), a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and regular contributor to the CBC and Globe and Mail, reads from Girl Crazy, a tightly plotted and fast paced ride through one man’s obsession with a younger woman.

April also brings a partnership between the International Festival of Authors and the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway, Ireland. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the festival takes place April 20 to 25. During this time, Dionne Brand, Lawrence Hill, Helen Humphreys and Kate Pullinger will take part in a reading introduced by the CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel. The festival will also host a roundtable discussion on publishing in Canada and Ireland titled “Publishing in Canada: What can we learn?” More information is available online at

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

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).


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