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AUTHORS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE’S 36th SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE
WHILE NEW FESTIVALS AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMES SPRING UP IN JUNE
With appearances by Linda Holeman, Andreï Makine, David Pogue and others

TORONTO, May 19, 2010 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) presents its final reading series event for the 36th season, introduces a new festival, Found in Translation, and hosts Book Summit 2010 this June. International bestseller Linda Holeman (June 2), award-winner Andreï Makine (June 17) and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue (June 18) all make their way to Harbourfront Centre to present their work and discuss the world of publishing.

On June 2, the 36th season of readings comes to a close with a trio of women presenting their stories, which unveil the complexities of lost love, death and devotion. Linda Holeman (Canada), the author of 12 works of fiction, including two international bestsellers, shares her latest novel and recent Heather’s Pick, The Saffron Gate, a story that traces one young woman’s journey to track down her missing lover. Set in Toronto’s Chinatown and the city of Singapore, Lydia Kwa’s (Canada/Singapore) Pulse follows a native Singaporean who immigrated to Toronto with her elderly parents, but who is drawn back to her native country after receiving a letter from an old friend and former lover. At the heart of Holly LeCraw’s (USA) debut novel, The Swimming Pool, is a story about love in all its forms – between lovers, spouses, siblings, and especially between parents and children – and about the unending ripple effects of actions both good and evil. Meaghan Strimas hosts.

From June 17 to 19 AUTHORS presents a new and unique festival exploring language and literature. Original and enlightening, Found in Translation highlights authors whose works have originated in a language other than their native tongue. Led by the Consulate General of France and Authors at Harbourfront Centre, this year’s inaugural festival focuses on French literature by authors from around the world. Public components of the project will be held at the Alliance Française de Toronto, Café Casablanca, Harbourfront Centre, Japan Foundation, and Spanish Centre. Participants are: Laura Alcoba, Kebir Mustapha Ammi, Bert Archer (moderator), Ying Chen, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Charles Foran (moderator), Andreï Makine, Catherine Mavrikakis, Pascal Michelucci (interviewer), Tierno Monénembo, Gilda Piersanti, and Ryoko Sekiguchi. Events at Harbourfront Centre are $8, and free for members and students. All other events are free.

On June 18, keynote speakers, panels, practical workshops, and information sessions round out a day that is sure to provide indispensable insight and inspiration at the 2010 Book Summit. Taking place from 8am-5pm, Book Summit’s Hot New Models: The Amazing Transformation of Business and Culture in the World of Books will look at how the book business is transforming itself and creating new models in every arena – libraries, bookstores, publishing houses, literary agencies – and how some pretty nimble thinkers are already leading us into the future. Keynote speakers include Susan Feldman (CBC Radio), David Pogue (New York Times), Governor General's Literary Award-winning author Kate Pullinger, Michael Tamblyn (Kobo, Inc.), and many more. The event is presented by Humber College and the Book and Periodical Council, in association with Authors at Harbourfront Centre. Regular tickets are $145 and students/seniors are $75. For more information on Book Summit visit www.booksummit.ca.

Bios of all participants are available at www.readings.org 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 (unless otherwise stated). Harbourfront Centre Box Office/Information: 416-973-4000. Or online at www.readings.org.

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 2011).

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