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IFOA ONTARIO: ONLINE AND ON THE ROAD
Visiting 16 locations and launching a dedicated website to keep you connected

TORONTO, 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.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jennifer Asselin: jasselin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
Laura Gergley: lgergley@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-5836

IFOA 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 Centre
Tuesday, October 25, 7:30pm
READING/ROUND TABLE: Joseph Boyden, David A. Groulx, Lee Maracle, Drew Hayden Taylor
LOCATION: Georgian College, Gryphon Theatre
BOX OFFICE: Georgian College, 705-728-1968 ext.1369

Presented in partnership with Barrie Public Library, Georgian College and Page & Turners
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30pm
READING: Patrick deWitt, Stephen Kelman, Joshua Knelman, Meg Wolitzer
LOCATION: Barrie Public Library, Painswick Branch
BOX OFFICE: Barrie Public Library, 705-728-1010

IFOA Brantford
Presented in partnership with Woodland Cultural Centre
Tuesday, October 18, 7:30pm
READING: James Bartleman, Lauren B. Davis, Dany Laferrière
LOCATION: Woodland Cultural Centre, Museum Building
BOX OFFICE: Woodland Cultural Centre, 519-759-2650

IFOA Burlington
Presented in partnership with Bryan Prince Bookseller and A Different Drummer Books
Wednesday, October 26, 7:30pm
READING: Anne Enright, Tom Perrotta, John Burnham Schwartz
LOCATION: Burlington Art Centre, Shoreline Room
BOX OFFICE: A Different Drummer Books, 905-639-0925 or Bryan Prince Bookseller, 905-528-4508

IFOA Hamilton
Presented in partnership with Bryan Prince Bookseller, A Different Drummer Books and Art Gallery of Hamilton
Thursday, October 27, 7:00pm
READING: Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalists
LOCATION: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Tanenbaum Pavilion
BOX OFFICE: A Different Drummer Books, 905-639-0925 or Bryan Prince Bookseller, 905-528-4508

Presented in partnership with Bryan Prince Bookseller
Sunday, October 30, 7:00pm
READINGS: Peter Behrens, Lynn Coady, Stephen Kelman, Patrick deWitt
LOCATION: Gallery on the Bay
BOX OFFICE: Bryan Prince Bookseller, 905-528-4508

IFOA Markham
Presented in partnership with Markham Arts Council and Town of Markham
Friday, October 21, 7:30pm
READING: Francisco Goldman, Dany Laferrière, Bharati Mukherjee
LOCATION: Markham Museum Transportation Building
BOX OFFICE: Markham Arts Council, 905-947-9054; www.markhamartscouncil.com

IFOA Midland
Presented in partnership with the Midland Public Library
Wednesday, November 2, 7:30pm
ROUND TABLE: Stephen Kelman, Joshua Knelman, Timothy Taylor, Andrew Westoll
LOCATION: Midland Public Library
BOX OFFICE: Midland Public Library, 705-526-4216

Thursday, November 3, 7:30pm
READING/INTERVIEW: Helen Humphreys, Madeleine Thien
LOCATION: Midland Public Library
BOX OFFICE: Midland Public Library, 705-526-4216

IFOA Orillia
Presented in partnership with Stephen Leacock Museum, Manticore Books and Orillia Public Library
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30pm
READING: Clark Blaise, Will Ferguson, Rachel Simon, Timothy Taylor
LOCATION: Stephen Leacock Museum, Swanmore Hall
BOX OFFICE: Stephen Leacock Museum, 705-329-1908

IFOA Owen Sound@ Words Aloud
Presented in partnership with The Downtown Bookstore, Words Aloud and Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library
Sunday, October 30, 2:00pm
READING: Clark Blaise, Wayne Johnston, Madeleine Thien, Meg Wolitzer
LOCATION: Best Western Inn on the Bay, Ballroom
BOX OFFICE: The Downtown Bookstore, 519-372-9760

IFOA Parry Sound
Presented in partnership with IFOA Parry Sound Committee and Parry Sound Books
Wednesday, November 2, 7:30pm
READING: Patrick deWitt, Will Ferguson, Helen Humphreys, Madeleine Thien
LOCATION: Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts
BOX OFFICE: Parry Sound Books, 705-746-4466

IFOA Picton
Presented in partnership with Prince Edward County Authors Festival and Books & Company
Friday, October 28, 7:00pm
READING: Elizabeth Hay, Stuart MacBride, Erin Morgenstern, Daniel Woodrell
LOCATION: Books & Company
BOX OFFICE: Books & Company, 613-476-3037

IFOA Port Hope
Presented in partnership with Furby House Books, Port Hope Public Library and Trinity College School
Saturday, October 29, 7:30pm
READING: Anita Rau Badami, Rana Dasgupta, Lev Grossman, Helen Oyeyemi
LOCATION: Trinity College School, Levan Hall
BOX OFFICE: Furby House Books, 905-885-7296

IFOA Thunder Bay
Presented in partnership with Thunder Bay Public Library, Sleeping Giant Writers Festival, Lakehead University, and Northern Women’s Bookstore
Sunday, October 16, 7:00pm
READING: James Bartleman, Johanna Skibsrud, Jane Urquhart
LOCATION: Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel and Suites, Provincial Room
BOX OFFICE: 807-684-6814

IFOA Toronto
Presented in partnership with Authors at Harbourfront Centre, Lit On Tour and IFOA Ontario
Tuesday, November 8, 7:30pm
READING/INTERVIEW: Joan Didion. Interviewer: Margaret MacMillan
LOCATION: Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre
BOX OFFICE: Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000

IFOA Uxbridge
Presented in partnership with Blue Heron Books
Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm
READING/INTERVIEW: Sarah Winman, with others to be announced
LOCATION: Wyndance Golf Club
BOX OFFICE: Blue Heron Books, 905-852-4282

IFOA Windsor
Presented in partnership with BookFest Windsor and University of Windsor Bookstore
Friday, November 4, 8:00pm
READING: Clarke Blaise, Will Ferguson, Brian Francis, with others to be announced
LOCATION: The Art Gallery of Windsor
BOX OFFICE: Art Gallery of Windsor, 519-977-1400

IFOA Woodstock
Presented in partnership with Woodstock Public Library and Merrifield Book Shop
Tuesday, October 18, 7:30
READING: Joe Dunthorne, Joy Fielding, Johanna Skibsrud
LOCATION: Woodstock Public Library
BOX OFFICE: 519-539-4801
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