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TORONTO, October 7, 2010 ----- The International Visitors (IV) Programme, in association with Authors at Harbourfront Centre, is delighted to announce further details of its third annual programme.

In addition to the continued support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, the IV Programme is proud to announce financial support from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) for its 2010 programme. The CBF supports projects carried out by organizations in the book industry that market and promote Canadian-authored books as well as projects that strengthen the infrastructure and capacity of the publishing industry in Canada.

In addition to the 11 participants that have already been announced – Pascal Assathiany, Nick Barley, Maria Campbell, Judy Clain, George Gibson, Geoffrey Kloske, Ziv Lewis, Michael Morrison, Ulrich Schreiber, Shyam Selvadurai, Cindy Spiegel – the IV Programme will also welcome the following individuals from the international publishing industry:

Ariane Fasquelle, Director of Foreign Literature, Éditions Grasset & Fasquelle (France); Gerard Hanberry, Advisory Panel Member, Cúirt International Literature Festival (Ireland); Lisa Highton, Publisher, Two Roads, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. (UK); Sam Humphreys, Senior Editor, Picador, Pan Macmillan (UK); Paris Lidewijde, Publisher, Ailantus, Boom Publishers (The Netherlands); Amber Qureshi, Senior Editor, Free Press, Simon and Schuster Inc. (USA); Grazia Rusticali, Editor of Foreign Fiction, Edizioni Piemme SpA (Italy); Pieter Swinkels, Publisher and Vice-President, De Bezige Bij/Cargo (The Netherlands); Eric Visser, Publisher/Managing Director, Publishing House De Geus (The Netherlands); Kimberly Witherspoon, Partner and Agent, InkWell Management (USA).

As well as all of the literary festival directors part of the newly formed Word Alliance: Steve Grimwade, Festival Director/CEO, Melbourne Writers Festival (Australia); Alexandra Pearson, Managing Director, The Bookworm Beijing International Literary Festival (China); Nick Barley, Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival (Scotland); Ulrich Schreiber, Director, International Literature Festival Berlin (Germany); Geoffrey Taylor, Director, International Festival of Authors (Canada).

Select IV participants will participate in a round table discussion titled “Publishing All Over the World” at the International Festival of Authors at 3:30pm on Monday, October 25. This FREE event, moderated by literary agent Denise Bukowski, will feature discussions of the publishing trade from an international perspective, and commence with the Festival Directors part of the Word Alliance discussing their festival experiences.

For a complete list of IV Programme participants and for more information visit


About the IV Programme:
Inaugurated in 2008, the International Visitors (IV) Programme invites publishing professionals from around the world to participate in five days of inter-industry dialogue with the goal of increasing opportunities for Canadian authors and publishers abroad. IV Programme participants benefit from a full schedule of publisher-hosted events and receptions, a mini rights-fair and an industry-focus panel, and attending a number of IFOA onstage events. This year’s IV Programme runs from October 24–28 as part of the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 20–30, 2010).

About the Word Alliance:
The Word Alliance is a collaboration between five of the top literary festivals in the world, which will create a platform for artistic collaboration, further expansion of online content, professional, audience and organizational development, and an international touring programme for authors. The Word Alliance includes the International Festival of Authors (Canada), Edinburgh International Book Festival (Scotland), Bookworm International Literary Festival (China), International Literature Festival (Germany), and Melbourne Writers Festival (Australia). It is intended that the group will ultimately expand to include Africa, India, the USA, and South America.

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