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AUTHORS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE’S 37TH SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE

TORONTO, June 17, 2011 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre’s 37th season of events comes to a close this June, with events featuring the likes of 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan (June 1), renowned Toronto architect and urban designer Ken Greenberg (June 8) and a unique crime fiction event featuring Robert Rotenberg, S.J. Watson and Andrew Pyper (June 22). Also on tap this month, the 10th annual Book Summit takes over the Harbourfront Centre site for the third year (June 17) and AUTHORS helps toast Descant Magazine, which celebrates 40 years in the business in 2011 (June 29).

June 1: Novelist and short story writer Jennifer Egan (USA) presents her 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, a spellbinding narrative circling the lives of an aging punk rocker/record executive and the passionate yet troubled young woman he employs. Vancouver native and respected radio personality Jen Sookfong Lee (Canada) shares The Better Mother, a novel about two misfits who find each other while stumbling toward their own true identities. Haley Tanner (USA) presents her debut novel, Vaclav & Lena, a timeless and quirky love story set in New York's Russian émigré community.

June 8: Winner of the 2009 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers, Julie Booker (Canada) reads from her debut collection of 20 short, sharp stories, Up Up Up. An architect and urban designer for over three decades, Ken Greenberg (Canada) shares his new memoir, Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder. Merilyn Simonds (Canada), the author of 15 books, presents her new non-fiction title A New Leaf, which celebrates her life-long passion for gardening.

June 17: Book professionals convene at Harbourfront Centre for the 10th annual Book Summit. Book Summit’s day-long conference, ALL YOU CAN EAT: Reading, Writing and Publishing with the New Creative Content, will look beyond the business issues of delivery and devices to explore where the real game-changing impact of the digital revolution lies: in the content. Tickets are $145, $75 for students and seniors.

June 22: At this unique reading and Q&A event, crime fiction authors Robert Rotenberg (Canada) and S.J. Watson (UK) will share excerpts from their latest novels and take part in an on-stage discussion with Andrew Pyper (Canada). Rotenberg presents The Guilty Plea, a razor sharp legal thriller featuring mesmerizing courtroom scenes and insider knowledge, and Watson shares his debut Before I Go to Sleep, which follows a 47-year-old woman who suffers from the inability to form new memories as a result of a terrible accident two decades earlier.

June 29: Descant Magazine celebrates 40 years of unforgettable contributions from the literary and visual arts fields in this special event hosted by award-winning author and journalist Ian Brown. Descanting for Forty Years presents past contributors, such as Bill Bissett, Steven Heighton, Barbara Schott, Antanas Sileika, who take to the stage to read from their works, share favourite memories and raise their glasses to one of Canada’s leading journals.

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 25 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 2012).

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lindsay Gulin: lgulin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
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