IFOA ONTARIO: ONLINE AND ON THE ROAD
Visiting 16 locations and launching a dedicated website to keep you connectedTORONTO, August 17, 2011 --- The 32nd annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) continues to grow leaps and bounds by expanding its IFOA Ontario touring programme across the province and on the web. New festival locations include Brantford, Markham, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Woodstock, in addition to those once again occurring in Barrie, Burlington, Hamilton, Midland, Orillia, Owen Sound, Parry Sound, Picton, Port Hope, Uxbridge, and Windsor – for a total of 16 cities. IFOA Ontario is also pleased to announce the launch of its website, litontour.com, to keep you better connected to upcoming schedules, events, contests, and participant information. Now in its fifth year, IFOA Ontario partners with libraries, bookstores, universities, and community organizations across Ontario to help provide areas with access to IFOA’s world-renowned events and the Festival’s roster of best contemporary writers from around the globe. IFOA Ontario takes place from October 16 to November 8. Visit litontour.com to find out more information on the authors presenting in each location.Geoffrey Taylor, Director of IFOA, says: “This year IFOA Ontario is excited to partner with 16 locations across Ontario, bringing local communities the best authors from around the world. The launch of our dedicated website, litontour.com, also provides us with the opportunity to connect with more community members from around the province.”Participating authors include: Man Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright, National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Bharati Mukherjee and Commonwealth Prize-winner Rana Dasgupta. Programming also includes authors Helen Humphreys, Dany Laferrière, Tom Perrotta, Timothy Taylor, Madeleine Thien, Jane Urquhart, and Daniel Woodrell. IFOA Ontario is also excited to announce its new partnership with the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Metcalf Foundation to present readings by the 2011 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize shortlist. The partnership also presents the 2010 winner of the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature, Polly Horvath, as part of IFOA Ontario’s growing Young Readers Programme. For a complete list of participants, please see the schedule of events below.Bios of all participants are available at litontour.com under “Participants.”Tickets to most IFOA Ontario events are $10, with the exception of IFOA Parry Sound, which is $12 and IFOA Uxbridge, which is $20. Tickets can be purchased through the box offices listed in the schedule of events below, online at litontour.com or through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000. About IFOA: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 year’s 32nd annual IFOA takes place from October 19 to 30, 2011. IFOA also includes IFOA Ontario, a touring programme that now stops in 16 locations throughout Ontario. Tickets for both IFOA and IFOA Ontario go on sale September 13. Visit readings.org for more information.
-30-MEDIA CONTACTS:Jennifer Asselin: firstname.lastname@example.org; 416-973-4395Laura Gergley: email@example.com; 416-973-5836IFOA Ontario Schedule of Events:IFOA Barrie: Aboriginal Authors Festival Presented in partnership with the Anishnabe Education & Training Centre, Barrie Public Library, Georgian College and Georgian College Bookstore, University Partnership CentreTuesday, October 25, 7:30pmREADING/ROUND TABLE: Joseph Boyden, David A. Groulx, Lee Maracle, Drew Hayden TaylorLOCATION: Georgian College, Gryphon TheatreBOX OFFICE: Georgian College, 705-728-1968 ext.1369Presented in partnership with Barrie Public Library, Georgian College and Page & TurnersTuesday, November 1, 7:30pmREADING: Patrick deWitt, Stephen Kelman, Joshua Knelman, Meg WolitzerLOCATION: Barrie Public Library, Painswick BranchBOX OFFICE: Barrie Public Library, 705-728-1010IFOA BrantfordPresented in partnership with Woodland Cultural CentreTuesday, October 18, 7:30pmREADING: James Bartleman, Lauren B. Davis, Dany LaferrièreLOCATION: Woodland Cultural Centre, Museum BuildingBOX OFFICE: Woodland Cultural Centre, 519-759-2650IFOA BurlingtonPresented in partnership with Bryan Prince Bookseller and A Different Drummer BooksWednesday, October 26, 7:30pmREADING: Anne Enright, Tom Perrotta, John Burnham SchwartzLOCATION: Burlington Art Centre, Shoreline Room BOX OFFICE: A Different Drummer Books, 905-639-0925 or Bryan Prince Bookseller, 905-528-4508IFOA Hamilton Presented in partnership with Bryan Prince Bookseller, A Different Drummer Books and Art Gallery of Hamilton Thursday, October 27, 7:00pmREADING: Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalistsLOCATION: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tanenbaum PavilionBOX OFFICE: A Different Drummer Books, 905-639-0925 or Bryan Prince Bookseller, 905-528-4508Presented in partnership with Bryan Prince Bookseller Sunday, October 30, 7:00pmREADINGS: Peter Behrens, Lynn Coady, Stephen Kelman, Patrick deWittLOCATION: Gallery on the BayBOX OFFICE: Bryan Prince Bookseller, 905-528-4508IFOA MarkhamPresented in partnership with Markham Arts Council and Town of MarkhamFriday, October 21, 7:30pmREADING: Francisco Goldman, Dany Laferrière, Bharati MukherjeeLOCATION: Markham Museum Transportation BuildingBOX OFFICE: Markham Arts Council, 905-947-9054; www.markhamartscouncil.com IFOA MidlandPresented in partnership with the Midland Public Library Wednesday, November 2, 7:30pmROUND TABLE: Stephen Kelman, Joshua Knelman, Timothy Taylor, Andrew Westoll LOCATION: Midland Public Library BOX OFFICE: Midland Public Library, 705-526-4216Thursday, November 3, 7:30pmREADING/INTERVIEW: Helen Humphreys, Madeleine ThienLOCATION: Midland Public LibraryBOX OFFICE: Midland Public Library, 705-526-4216IFOA OrilliaPresented in partnership with Stephen Leacock Museum, Manticore Books and Orillia Public LibraryTuesday, November 1, 7:30pmREADING: Clark Blaise, Will Ferguson, Rachel Simon, Timothy TaylorLOCATION: Stephen Leacock Museum, Swanmore Hall BOX OFFICE: Stephen Leacock Museum, 705-329-1908 IFOA Owen Sound@ Words AloudPresented in partnership with The Downtown Bookstore, Words Aloud and Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public LibrarySunday, October 30, 2:00pmREADING: Clark Blaise, Wayne Johnston, Madeleine Thien, Meg WolitzerLOCATION: Best Western Inn on the Bay, BallroomBOX OFFICE: The Downtown Bookstore, 519-372-9760 IFOA Parry SoundPresented in partnership with IFOA Parry Sound Committee and Parry Sound BooksWednesday, November 2, 7:30pmREADING: Patrick deWitt, Will Ferguson, Helen Humphreys, Madeleine ThienLOCATION: Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing ArtsBOX OFFICE: Parry Sound Books, 705-746-4466 IFOA PictonPresented in partnership with Prince Edward County Authors Festival and Books & CompanyFriday, October 28, 7:00pmREADING: Elizabeth Hay, Stuart MacBride, Erin Morgenstern, Daniel WoodrellLOCATION: Books & CompanyBOX OFFICE: Books & Company, 613-476-3037 IFOA Port HopePresented in partnership with Furby House Books, Port Hope Public Library and Trinity College SchoolSaturday, October 29, 7:30pmREADING: Anita Rau Badami, Rana Dasgupta, Lev Grossman, Helen OyeyemiLOCATION: Trinity College School, Levan HallBOX OFFICE: Furby House Books, 905-885-7296 IFOA Thunder BayPresented in partnership with Thunder Bay Public Library, Sleeping Giant Writers Festival, Lakehead University, and Northern Women’s BookstoreSunday, October 16, 7:00pmREADING: James Bartleman, Johanna Skibsrud, Jane UrquhartLOCATION: Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites, Provincial RoomBOX OFFICE: 807-684-6814IFOA TorontoPresented in partnership with Authors at Harbourfront Centre, Lit On Tour and IFOA OntarioTuesday, November 8, 7:30pmREADING/INTERVIEW: Joan Didion. Interviewer: Margaret MacMillanLOCATION: Brigantine Room, York Quay CentreBOX OFFICE: Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000IFOA UxbridgePresented in partnership with Blue Heron BooksThursday, October 20, 7:30pmREADING/INTERVIEW: Sarah Winman, with others to be announcedLOCATION: Wyndance Golf ClubBOX OFFICE: Blue Heron Books, 905-852-4282IFOA WindsorPresented in partnership with BookFest Windsor and University of Windsor BookstoreFriday, November 4, 8:00pmREADING: Clarke Blaise, Will Ferguson, Brian Francis, with others to be announced LOCATION: The Art Gallery of WindsorBOX OFFICE: Art Gallery of Windsor, 519-977-1400IFOA WoodstockPresented in partnership with Woodstock Public Library and Merrifield Book ShopTuesday, October 18, 7:30READING: Joe Dunthorne, Joy Fielding, Johanna SkibsrudLOCATION: Woodstock Public LibraryBOX OFFICE: 519-539-4801