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With appearances by John Boyne, Katherine Govier, Ryan Knighton and others

TORONTO, April 21, 2010 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) presents four May events from authors in all stages of their writing careers. Bestselling author John Boyne (May 12), award-winner Katherine Govier (May 19), critically acclaimed writer Ryan Knighton (May 5), up-and-comer Miguel Syjuco (May 12) and more present their new works. And at the end of the month AUTHORS teams up with ERA Architects Inc. to present an evening dedicated to contemporary Toronto architecture (May 26).

On May 5, Ryan Knighton (Canada) shares his latest book, C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark, a hilarious and heartbreaking memoir about the struggles of being a blind father. Afterwards, Knighton takes part in an onstage interview with Erica Ehm, Publisher and CEO of

On May 12, John Boyne and Miguel Syjuco take part in an evening of fiction featuring engrossing stories of men searching for meaning in their lives. John Boyne (Ireland), best known for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, presents his latest novel The House of Special Purpose, following eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev on his final journey back to his homeland of Russia, a country that both destroyed and defined him. Miguel Syjuco (Canada/Philippines) shares his Man Asian Literary Prize-winning debut novel, Ilustrado, the story of an enigmatic literary lion who turns up dead and his devoted student who sets out to investigate the author’s fatal departure. Readings are followed by a Q&A session moderated by Bert Archer. Jacob MacArthur Mooney hosts.

May 19 brings a full night of story telling with Katherine Govier, Joanne Harris, Steven Heighton, and Jack Hodgins. Author of eight previous novels, Katherine Govier (Canada) reads from her latest work, The Ghost Brush, which focuses on the life of Japanese printmaker Hokusai’s daughter and sheds light on issues surrounding authorship and masterworks and the tender and ambiguous love between father and daughter. Best known for the Costa Book Award-shortlisted Chocolat, Joanne Harris (UK) presents Blueeyedboy, a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy and a serial murderer who is not who he seems – all set in cyberspace. Steven Heighton (Canada) shares his latest novel, Every Lost Country, a suspenseful literary adventure inspired by a real-life incident on the border between Nepal and Chinese-occupied Tibet in 2006. Governor General Literary Award-winner Jack Hodgins (Canada) presents The Master of Happy Endings, a compelling story about a retired school teacher and thespian in his seventies who manages to conjure one last great adventure for himself. Nathan Whitlock hosts.

On May 26, AUTHORS partners with ERA Architects Inc. to host the Toronto the Good Party, an evening in celebration of contemporary architecture in Toronto. For its first ever time hosted at Harbourfront Centre, the night includes presentations by Margaret and Phil Goodfellow (Canada), authors of A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto, Shawn Micallef (Canada), senior editor at Spacing magazine and author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and NFB Filmmaker-in-Residence Katerina Cizek (Canada), who presents images from the photo workshop The Thousandth Tower. Pre- and post event receptions will also take place. This is a licensed event.

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).


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