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Canada’s largest literary festival adds eight locations to touring programme

TORONTO, September 1, 2010 --- The 31st annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) spreads its literary wings this year and expands its touring programme, IFOA Ontario, with festival events now in Hamilton, London, Milton, Owen Sound, Picton, Port Hope, Sudbury, and Windsor, in addition to those already occurring in Barrie, Burlington, Midland, Orillia, Parry Sound, and Uxbridge – for a total of 14 cities. Now in its fourth year, IFOA Ontario partners with libraries, bookstores and communities across Ontario to help provide areas throughout the province with access to IFOA’s world-renowned events and the Festival’s roster of the best contemporary writers from around the globe. IFOA Ontario takes place from October 21 to November 5.

Geoffrey Taylor, Director of IFOA, says: “IFOA Ontario is excited to further build upon the relationships it has fostered over the years, as well as develop new partnerships in an additional eight locations throughout the province. This touring programme would not be possible without the numerous Ontario organizations whose mission it is to bring the written word to their communities.”

Participating authors include: Trillium Book Award-winner Camilla Gibb, Man Booker Prize-winner Yann Martel and acclaimed author of the Inspector Banks novels, Peter Robinson. Also, to coincide with the festival’s IFOA Noir programming focus, mystery and crime authors Giles Blunt, Michael Koryta, Emily St. John Mandel, Michael Robotham, Robert Rotenberg, Chevy Stevens, Louise Welsh, and Eric Wright take part. For a complete list of participants, please see the schedule of events below.

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

Tickets to most IFOA Ontario events are $10, with the exception of IFOA Picton, which is $15, IFOA Uxbridge, which is $20, and events that take place at Indigo are FREE. Tickets can be purchased through the box offices listed in the schedule of events below, online at or through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

About IFOA:
For 11 days each October, the IFOA presents a wide range of readings, round table discussions, onstage interviews, book signings and a number of special events featuring the most exciting authors in contemporary literature. Administered by Authors at Harbourfront Centre, this year’s 31st annual IFOA takes place from October 20 to 30, 2010. IFOA also includes IFOA Ontario, a touring programme that now stops in 14 locations throughout Ontario. Tickets for both IFOA and IFOA Ontario go on sale on September 14.


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

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IFOA Ontario Schedule of Events:

IFOA Barrie
Presented in partnership with the Barrie Public Library and Georgian College
Wednesday, November 3, 7:30pm
READING: Caroline Adderson, Brando Skyhorse, Michael Winter, Alissa York
TICKETS: Barrie Public Library 705-728-1010

IFOA Burlington
Presented in partnership with Indigo Books and Music
Thursday, October 28, 7pm
IFOA NOIR ROUND TABLE: Giles Blunt, Michael Koryta, Chevy Stevens. Moderator: Jennifer Shannon
LOCATION: Indigo, 1250 Brant Street, Unit 102

IFOA Hamilton
Presented in partnership with A Different Drummer Books and Bryan Prince Bookseller
Tuesday, October 26, 7:30pm
READING: Eleanor Catton, Adam Gopnik, Robert McCrum, David Rakoff
LOCATION: The Gallery on the Bay, 231 Bay Street North
TICKETS: A Different Drummer Books, 905-639-0925 or Bryan Prince Bookseller, 905-528-4508

IFOA London
Presented in partnership with Indigo Books and Music
Thursday, October 21, 7pm
READING/INTERVIEW: David Bergen, Emma Donoghue. Interviewer: Jennifer Shannon
LOCATION: Indigo, 1037 Wellington Road

IFOA Midland
Presented in partnership with the Midland Public Library
Monday, November 1, 7:30pm
READING: Steven Heighton, Patricia Engel, Anne Fortier, Kathleen Winter
LOCATION: Midland Public Library, 320 King Street
TICKETS: Midland Public Library, 705-526-4216

Tuesday, November 2, 7:30pm
ROUND TABLE: Brando Skyhorse, Miguel Syjuco, Michael Winter. Moderator: Bert Archer
LOCATION: Midland Public Library, 320 King Street
TICKETS: Midland Public Library, 705-526-4216

IFOA Milton
Presented in partnership with Indigo Books and Music
Wednesday, October 27, 7pm
ROUND TABLE: Camilla Gibb, Paul Harding, Priscila Uppal. Moderator: Jennifer Shannon
LOCATION: Indigo, 1180 Steeles Avenue East

IFOA Orillia
Presented in partnership with the Orillia Public Library and Stephen Leacock Museum
Tuesday, November 2, 7:30pm
READING: Caroline Adderson, Alexander MacLeod, Michael Robotham, Kathleen Winter
LOCATION: Stephen Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Drive
TICKETS: Stephen Leacock Museum, 705-329-1908

IFOA Owen Sound
Presented in partnership with The Downtown Bookstore
Wednesday, November 3, 7:30pm
READING: Sandra Birdsell, Charles Foran, Andrea Levy, Miguel Syjuco
LOCATION: Owen Sound Public Library, 1 Avenue West
TICKETS: The Downtown Bookstore, 519-372-9760

IFOA Parry Sound
Presented in partnership with Parry Sound Books
Monday, November 1, 7:30pm
READING: Sandra Birdsell, Katherine Govier, Andrea Levy, Tom McCarthy
LOCATION: Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay Street
TICKETS: Box Office: 705-746-4466

IFOA Picton
Presented in partnership with Prince Edward County Authors Festival
Sunday, October 31, 1pm
IFOA NOIR READING: Michael Koryta, Emily St. John Mandel, Michael Robotham
IFOA NOIR ROUND TABLE: Giles Blunt, Peter Robinson, Louise Welsh
LOCATION: Books & Company, 289 Main Street
TICKETS: Books & Company, 613-476-3037

IFOA Port Hope
Presented in partnership with Furby House Books
Saturday, October 23, 2pm
READING: David Bergen, Aryn Kyle, Dan Rhodes
TICKETS: Furby House Books, 905-885-7296

IFOA Sudbury
Presented in partnership with IFOA Sudbury Organizing Committee, The City of Sudbury and Laurentian University
Thursday, November 4, 7:30pm
READING/INTERVIEW: Tom McCarthy, Miguel Syjuco. Interviewer: Charles Foran
LOCATION: Alphonse Raymond Auditorium, 935 Ramsey Lake Road
TICKETS: 705-523-4681

IFOA Uxbridge
Presented in partnership with Blue Heron Books
Saturday, October 30, 2pm
INTERVIEW: Yann Martel. Interviewer: Charles Foran
LOCATION: Wyndance Golf Club, 450 Regional Rd 21
TICKETS: Blue Heron Books, 905-852-4282

IFOA Windsor
Presented in partnership with BookFest Windsor
Friday, November 5, 7:30pm
IFOA NOIR ROUND TABLE: Peter Robinson, Michael Robotham, Robert Rotenberg, Eric Wright
LOCATION: Art Gallery of Windsor, 401 Riverside Drive West
TICKETS: Art Gallery of Windsor, 519-977-1400
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