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SPRING FORWARD WITH THE CITY’S BEST IN BOOK EVENTS

TORONTO, March 21, 2011 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre is pleased to present four book events this April, including readings by Governor General’s Literary Award-winner Miriam Toews (April 6), Johanna Skibsrud (April 13), who presents her 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning book, The Sentimentalists, and Brit Philip Kerr (April 20) of Bernie Gunther and Children of the Lamp series fame.

APRIL 6: Holly Luhning’s debut, Quiver, is the story of a young forensic psychologist drawn into the legend of real life sixteenth-century serial killer Countess Elizabeth Bathory. Born in India and currently residing in Toronto, Sarita Mandanna was named one of the Telegraph UK’s Top New Novelists for 2010. Mandanna’s Tiger Hills is about a tangled love triangle that has consequences for generations to come. Miriam Toews, winner of both the Governor General’s Literary Award and Rogers Writers’ Trust Award for Fiction, reads from Irma Voth, a novel that explores contemporary Mennonite culture.

April 13: French Canadian Suzanne Desrochers’s debut, The Bride of New France, draws upon her current PhD thesis that compares the migration of French and British women to North America in the early modern period. Artistic Director for the Humber School for Writers, Antanas Sileika presents Underground, an engaging mid-1940s thriller and love story that is based on true historical fragments of Sileika’s family history. In 2010, Johanna Skibsrud received wide acclaim for her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, including her win of the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize.

April 20: Author of numerous short stories, non-fiction articles and book reviews, Valerie Compton’s debut Tide Road is an intensely memorable story of a woman compelled to revise her perception of her daughter’s life after her abrupt disappearance. Philip Kerr, the author of more than 20 books, including the young-adult series Children of the Lamp, shares Field Gray, the seventh installment in the Bernie Gunther detective series. Kyung-sook Shin published her first collection of stories at 25 and has since won numerous literary prizes for her fiction. Shin’s Please Look After Mom is a deeply moving story of a family's search for their missing mother.

April 27: Writer, critic and professor at Ryerson University, Randy Boyagoda presents Beggar’s Feast, a four part novel about family, pride and ambition that begins and ends in a Ceylon village. Hisham Matar was born in New York City to Libyan parents and lived in Tripoli, Cairo and currently resides in the UK. Matar’s Anatomy of a Disappearance is the story of a young man who, after losing his mother, goes on to fall in love with a woman who is in love with his father. Award-winning author of short fiction, Alexi Zentner’s debut novel, Touch, is the haunting tale of three generations of love and loss in a Northern BC mining town gone bust.

Events take place at 7:30pm in the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $10 to the general public, FREE for members, students, and youth 24 and under.
Box Office/Information: 416-973-4000 or 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 19–29, 2011), 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 CONTACT:
Lindsay Gulin: lgulin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
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