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TORONTO, September 13, 2010 ---- The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is proud to announce a further 49 names to add to the existing lineup of 70 participants for its 31st annual event, October 20 to 30, 2010. In addition to 2010 Pultizer Prize-winner Paul Harding, Emma Donoghue, recently shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, critically acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen, Can-lit icons David Bergen, Charlotte Gray, Dany Laferrière, Yann Martel, and Jane Urquhart, multiple award-winner Andrea Levy, and many others, IFOA audiences can expect to see:

Margaret Drabble and Deborah Eisenberg, who join Dionne Brand, Andrew O’Hagan and Eleanor Wachtel on stage in a panel discussion celebrating 20 year’s of Wachtel’s beloved CBC Radio programme Writers & Company; funny men Ken Finkleman and David Rakoff; Poets Len Gasparini, Steven Heighton and Meaghan Strimas; short story aficionados Kevin Barry, Nadine Bismuth, Alexander MacLeod, and Ali Smith; graphic novelists Lynda Barry and Seth; disability activist Donna Thomson, who appears in conversation with John Ralston Saul; Can-lit superstars Caroline Adderson, Sandra Birdsell, Camilla Gibb, Katherine Govier, Farley Mowat, and Alissa York – and Nino Ricci, who will participate in a Master Class presented by IFOA and the Humber School for Writers; newcomers Patricia Engel, Dinaw Mengestu and Miguel Syjuco; science fiction and fantasy specialists William Gibson and Adam Gopnik; international bestsellers Nicole Krauss and Marc Levy; prominent Liberal Party member and Ontario’s twenty-first Premier Bob Rae; Karen Bliss, Nick Krewen and Jason Schneider, the authors behind Music From Far and Wide: 40 Years of the Junos, who will be joined by Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and renowned singer-songwriter Dan Hill for an evening of music and discussion hosted and moderated by the CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi; Robert McCrum, surveyor of the global English language; architect and author Jack Diamond; and Alistair McAuley, co-founder of the Glasgow-based design studio Timorous Beasties.

And in response to the millions of readers who can’t get enough of books chock-full of murder, mayhem and motives, IFOA presents IFOA Noir, a programming focus that highlights the genres of crime fiction, thriller and mystery. This year’s “Voice of the Festival” Ian Rankin, renowned crime fiction writer and past IFOA participant, will introduce all of the year’s events through audio recording, and in addition to the numerous authors writing in these genres that have already been confirmed, authors Anne Emery, Elena Forbes, 2010 Man Booker Prize-shortlister Tom McCarthy, Sophie Hannah, John Lawton, Michael Robotham, Don Winslow, and Eric Wright will take part in a series of IFOA Noir events to take place in the Brigantine Room throughout the Festival.

For a complete list of participants and a full schedule visit

Events take place at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre: 207 & 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets to most events are $18/$15 members and free for students and youth under the age of 24 (subject to availability). Some exceptions apply; please refer to individual event listings. The public may purchase tickets through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or online at


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. Tickets go on sale on September 14.

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Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-5836
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