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AUTHORS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE NAMES
LEN GASPARINI AS WINNER OF NOW OPEN POETRY STAGE
Winner, along with 5 others, invited to read at the International Festival of Authors

TORONTO, April 7, 2010 --- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) names Len Gasparini, author of The Broken World: Poems 1967–1998, as the winner of the 2010 NOW Open Poetry Stage. As a result of last year’s highly successful Open Stage Night, AUTHORS, for the second year in a row, presented 20 published poets to a packed house last Wednesday evening (March 31). A jury comprising Authors at Harbourfront Centre’s Director Geoffrey Taylor and Artistic Associate Jen Tindall along with author and NOW Magazine contributor Robert Priest selected Gasparini following his stand-out performance. As the winner, Gasparini received an invitation to read at the world-renowned International Festival of Authors (October 20–30, 2010) and an ad for his book in NOW.

Says AUTHORS Geoffrey Taylor of Gasparini’s win: “Len’s performance coupled with his great writing provided for a unanimous decision by the evening’s judges.”

Gasparini, the first author to be announced for the 31st annual IFOA, is the author of three story collections – The Undertaker’s Wife, Blind Spot and A Demon in My View – and a work of non-fiction, Erase Me. In 1990, he was awarded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for poetry. Born in Windsor, Ontario, he now lives in Toronto. The Broken World: Poems 1967-1998, which he presented at the NOW Open Poetry Stage, was published by Guernica Editions in 2005.

As a result of the NOW Open Poetry Stage, AUTHORS has also invited 5 additional poets to read at IFOA. Those authors are: M.T. Kelly (Downriver), Michael Lista (Bloom), Julie Roorda (Courage Underground), Matthew Tierney (The Hayflick Limit), and Priscila Uppal (Traumatology).

On February 10, AUTHORS, in partnership with NOW Magazine, invited submissions from poets whose works have been published within the past five years and are currently in print with a trade publisher. AUTHORS selected 20 readers via a random draw of all eligible submissions following the deadline for submissions on March 1. The 20 poets selected read on the evening of March 31 in Harbourfront Centre’s Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto).

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

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Lindsay Gulin: lgulin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
Jennifer Asselin: jasselin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-5836

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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