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FROM DEBUT NOVELISTS TO LITERARY GIANTS, AUTHORS AT HARBOURFRONT
CENTRE STARTS ITS 37TH SEASON WITH A BANG
With appearances by Richard Harvell, David Suzuki, Stuart McLean and others

TORONTO, September 7, 2010 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) is thrilled to announce the start of its 37th season of events, including readings by Richard Harvell (Sept. 22), a discussion and Q&A with David Suzuki (Sept. 29) and a conversation with Stuart McLean (Oct. 6).

The season kicks off September 22 with debut novelist Richard Harvell, script writer and author Keith Ross Leckie and award winning German writer Jan Costin Wagner. Richard Harvell (US) presents his 18th century Swiss Alps-set epic, The Bells, tracing the confession of a thief, kidnapper and unlikely lover. Keith Ross Leckie (Canada) shares his latest novel, Coppermine, a Canadian wilderness adventure following the search for two Catholic priests in a remote area of the Arctic. Jan Costin Wagner (Germany) presents the 2008 German Crime Prize-winning novel Silence, a psychological crime thriller featuring Finnish police detective Kimmo Joentaa. Wagner’s appearance is made possible by the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

On September 29 acclaimed geneticist and environmentalist, David Suzuki (Canada), reads from and discusses his new book, The Legacy, and takes questions from the audience. The Legacy is an expanded version of a lecture that Suzuki delivered in December 2009, which explains how we got where we are today and presents his vision for a better future. This event is presented in partnership with Greystone Books and the David Suzuki Foundation.

Rounding out the fall line-up is an appearance by Stuart McLean (Canada) on October 6. McLean, writer and host of the popular CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe presents his latest work, The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks, a collection of essays selected from his 15 years of radio-show archives with topics ranging from serious meditations on peacekeeping to light-hearted praise for the toothpick.

On October 13, AUTHORS partners with the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival to co-present the festival’s opening night screening of acclaimed director Ron Mann’s film In the Wake of the Flood, which documents Margaret Atwood’s inventive book tour. The event also includes the Eco Hero Award Presentation to Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson and a reception. Event takes place at 7pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox (located at the corner of King and John streets). For tickets and info visit www.planetinfocus.org or call 416-531-4689.

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

Events take place in the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $10 to the general public, FREE for members and students with ID. 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 7,500 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 11–12, 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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