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TORONTO, April 19, 2011 ---- From award-winning authors to debut novelists, short stories to poetry and everything in between, Authors at Harbourfront Centre presents four book events this May. Events include readings by American novelist Meg Wolitzer (May 4); Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author David Adams Richards (May 11); Norwegian crime sensation Jo Nesbø (May 18) who shares the latest Harry Hole crime novel; and debut novelist Emma Ruby-Sachs (May 25).

May 4: Critically acclaimed author Zsuzsi Gartner, winner of a National Magazine Award for Fiction, shares Better Living through Plastic Explosives, a dark and satirical collection of short stories that exposes our most secret desires. Having been published in major literary journals in Canada and the USA, Jessica Westhead’s And Also Sharks, is a collection of forlornly funny short stories about society’s misfits and losers. Meg Wolitzer’s previous novels include The Ten-Year Nap, The Position and The Wife. Her latest work, The Uncoupling, is a Greek drama-inspired novel about a tight-knit group of men and women in a high school community forced to look at their shared history and at their sexual selves in a new light.

May 11: Award-winning author, poetry commentator and critic Jacob McArthur Mooney presents his elaborately composed poetry collection, Folk. Winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel Mercy Among the Children, David Adams Richards’ new novel, Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul, tells an intricate story about the miscarriage of justice in the case of one man’s death in a New Brunswick shipping yard. Awarded the 2010 Ovid Festival Prize, given to an international writer of promise, Madeleine Thien shares Dogs at the Perimeter, a deeply affecting novel about loss and recovered humanity.

May 18: Melanie Murray’s debut, For Your Tomorrow, is a compelling work of non-fiction exploring the life of her nephew, Captain Jeff Francis, sheds light on what compels a young, affluent Canadian to enlist in the armed forces. Longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies is a story that unravels the mystery of why and how a 14 year-old boy from an all-boys prep school winds up dead. Jo Nesbø’s first Harry Hole crime novel was an instant hit, winning the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. The Leopard, Nesbø’s latest instalment in the series, follows Inspector Harry Hole as he investigates the murder of two women both found drowned in their own blood.

May 25: Three-time winner of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a winner of the Lannan Award for Fiction, Howard Norman’s, What Is Left the Daughter, is a stirring tale of the passions – tender, obsessive, even murderous – that are unleashed by a wartime love triangle. A contributor for Good Housekeeping, Kyran Pittman’s debut, Planting Dandelions, celebrates the joys and trials of a new generation of parents – those who have chosen the white-picket fence over all the other options available, even if they fail to live up to its ideals every day. Law graduate and journalist Emma Ruby-Sachs lived in South Africa while studying and has worked as a civil litigator. Her debut, The Water Man’s Daughter, begins with the violent death of a Canadian water company executive in a black township of Johannesburg and follows his daughter as she desperately tries to understand his death.

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

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).


Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-5836
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