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With appearances by Andreï Makine, Tierno Monénembo, Ryoko Sekiguchi and more

TORONTO, June 7, 2010 ---- Language and literature intertwine as Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) and the Consulate General of France in Toronto present a new and innovative festival that highlights authors whose works have originated in a language other than their native tongue.

From June 17 to 19, authors come together to explore their shared experiences as authors writing in the French language at this year’s inaugural Found in Translation festival. Over three days, authors will explore their individuality and the way in which their craft is approached and fostered, as well as their shared commonality of language, at presentations, interviews and discussions at various venues throughout Toronto.

Participants are: Laura Alcoba (Argentina), Kebir Mustapha Ammi (Morocco),Ying Chen (China), Marc Côté (Canada), Louis-Philippe Dalembert (Haiti), Charles Foran (Canada), Wayne Grady (Canada), Andreï Makine (Russia), Pascal Michelucci (Canada), Tierno Monénembo (Guinea), Gilda Piersanti (Italy), and Ryoko Sekiguchi (Japan).

Bios of all participants are available at under “Events.”


  • Thursday, June 17, 7:30pm
Contemporary French Literature Across Nations
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
$8/Free for members and students
Tickets/Info: 416-973-4000 or

An evening of readings and discussion with internationally acclaimed authors presenting their translated
works in English and discussing their shared cultural differences and experiences.
Readers: Ying Chen, Wayne Grady, Andreï Makine, Tierno Monénembo, Ryoko Sekiguchi
Panellists: Kebir Mustapha Ammi, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Wayne Grady
Moderator: Marc Côté, Publisher, Cormorant Books

  • Friday, June 18, 7:00pm
Spanish-language presentation by Laura Alcoba
Spanish Centre (46 Hayden Street)

  • Friday, June 18, 7:30pm
French-language readings and an interview featuring Andreï Makine and Gilda Piersanti
Interviewer: Pascal Michelucci, Professor, University of Toronto
Alliance Française de Toronto (24 Spadina Road)

  • Friday, June 18, 8:00pm
A Japanese-language presentation by Ryoko Sekiguchi (English translation provided)
The Japan Foundation (131 Bloor Street West, Suite 213)
RSVP required: 416-966-1600 ext.102

  • Saturday, June 19, 11:00am
French-language presentation by Kebir Mustapha Ammi
Café Casablanca (1393 Danforth Ave.)

  • Saturday, June 19, 2:00pm
Life in Translation
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
$8/Free for members and students
Tickets/Info: 416-973-4000 or

Experience the cosmopolitan voices from French fiction writers who hail from Argentina, Italy, China, and
Haiti. Authors read from their translated works in English and discuss their creative lives.
Readers: Laura Alcoba, Gilda Piersanti
Panelists: Ying Chen, Louis-Philippe Dalembert
Moderator: Charles Foran, Author & Vice President, PEN Canada


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).

The French Book Office in Toronto is part of the department of cultural affairs in the Consulate General of France. The French Book Office helps promote French books in Canada mostly by inviting French authors and intellectuals to participate in Canadian literary events and through the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Translation Grant Program for English-speaking Canadian publishers.

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

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