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31st ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS BEGINS

TORONTO, October 19, 2010 ---- The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) returns with its 31st year of events, beginning on October 20 and running until October 30. Now featuring 166 participants from around the world in 65 events, the IFOA is happy to announce further additions to its incomparable programme.

The IFOA congratulates those authors recently shortlisted for Canadaís top three fiction awards: Governor Generalís Literary Award for English Fiction, Rogers Writersí Trust Fiction Prize and Scotiabank Giller Prize. An annual fixture of the Festival, the IFOA presents the following individuals who are shortlisted this year in events celebrating their nominations:

Governor Generalís Literary Award for English Fiction Finalists Event (October 25):
Sandra Birdsell (Waiting for Joe), Emma Donoghue (Room), Drew Hayden Taylor (Motorcycles & Sweetgrass), Dianne Warren (Cool Water), Kathleen Winter (Annabel)

NOTE: In Drew Hayden Taylorís absence, an individual will read from his nominated work on his behalf.

Rogers Writersí Trust Fiction Prize Finalists Event (October 27):
Trevor Cole (Practical Jean), Emma Donoghue (Room), Michael Helm (Cities of Refuge), Michael Winter (The Death of Donna Whalen), Kathleen Winter (Annabel)

Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists Event (October 30):
David Bergen (The Matter with Morris), Alexander MacLeod (Light Lifting), Sarah Selecky (This Cake is for the Party), Johanna Skibsrud (The Sentimentalists), Kathleen Winter (Annabel)

A first in the book festival world, YoungIFOA presents the Young Readerís Digital Book Event on Saturday, October 23 at 11am. This event pairs grade 11 drama students from Louise Arbour Secondary School with children from grades K to 3 for an interactive digital reading experience using iPads. Featuring David Kirkís Miss Spiderís Tea Party, this fabulous digital book event will see the grade 11 students guide children (and their guardians) through the interactive eBook, and allow everyone the opportunity to touch, drag and swipe. Presented in partnership with apphausdesign.com, this event is SOLD OUT.

Literary couple Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds also join the IFOA roster, to read from their latest book, Breakfast at the Exit Cafť, as part of the annual Ben McNally Travellers Series on Sunday, October 24 at 4pm. Part travelogue, part exploration, part mid-winter love story, Breakfast at the Exit Cafť shares tales of Grady and Simondsí road trip from British Columbia around the southern rim of the US.

Events take place at Torontoís Harbourfront Centre: 207 & 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets to most events are $18/$15 members and free for youth age 24 and under and students (subject to availability). Some exceptions apply; please refer to individual event listings.

To purchase tickets and for more information on the IFOAís special programming focus IFOA Noir and the IFOAís touring programme IFOA Ontario, 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 yearís 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
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