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BREAKING IFOA NEWS: Announcement of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize,
PEN Canada Benefit & a New Partnership with Indigo Books

TORONTO, September 22, 2010 ---- The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is pleased to announce this year’s $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize winner: Peter Robinson; the 2010 PEN Canada Benefit, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel; and a new and exciting partnership with Indigo Books.

Having received numerous awards for his crime writing, Peter Robinson, was selected for this year’s annual Harbourfront Festival Prize based on the merits of his own published work and the time he has invested in nurturing the next generation of literary talent. Robinson – who was selected by a jury comprising John van Driel (VP Programming & Operations, Classical 96.3 FM), Mark Medley (Journalist, National Post) and Geoffrey E. Taylor (Director, IFOA) – said of his win:

"I am honoured to be awarded the 2010 Harbourfront Festival Prize. Having looked at the list of previous recipients, I believe it is a privilege to be in such august company and I find it incredibly encouraging that the committee has chosen to recognize crime fiction in this way."

Established in 1984, previous Prize recipients include Dionne Brand, Wayson Choy, Christopher Dewdney, Helen Humphreys, Paul Quarrington, Jane Urquhart, and Guy Vanderhaege. The prize will be presented to Mr. Robinson on the closing night of the IFOA (Oct. 30) at 8pm in the Fleck Dance Theatre, followed by readings by the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalists. Tickets are $25 for the general public.

Annually, PEN Canada partners with the IFOA to present a world-renowned author who shares their dedication to freedom of expression. In 2010, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford makes a rare appearance in Canada on the opening night of the IFOA in support of this great cause. Ford is interviewed by Writers & Company’s Eleanor Wachtel. This event takes place at 8pm on October 20 in the Fleck Dance Theatre. Tickets are $50, with all proceeds going to PEN Canada.

A new partnership has been created between the largest literary festival and the largest bookseller in the country. IFOA is proud to announce Indigo Books as their Official National Bookseller. And as the beginning of a long-term collaboration, IFOA and Indigo Books is also excited to partner on presenting seven free in-store lunch-hour book signings with IFOA participants Charlotte Gray, Sara Gruen, Andrea Levy, Jeff Lindsay, Yann Martel, David Mitchell, Andrew O’Hagan, Louise Penny, Lisa Scottoline, Kathleen Winter, Michael Winter, and Richard B. Wright. A complete list of dates and locations is included below.

For more information about the IFOA and to purchase tickets, the public may call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or visit www.readings.org.


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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.

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

Indigo/IFOA In-Store Book Signing Schedule

Friday, October 22, 12pm
IndigoSpirit, 1st Canadian Place
Andrew O’Hagan, Richard B. Wright

Saturday, October 23
Indigo Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St. W.
12pm Louise Penny, Lisa Scottoline
3pm Jeff Lindsay

Wednesday, October 27, 12pm
IndigoSpirit, 1st Canadian Place
David Mitchell, Kathleen Winter

Thursday, October 28, 12pm
IndigoSpirit, 1st Canadian Place
Michael Winter

Friday, October 29
IndigoSpirit, 1st Canadian Place
12pm Charlotte Gray, Yann Martel
1pm Sara Gruen, Andrea Levy
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