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TORONTO, August 25, 2011 ----- The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is delighted to welcome the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York into the ground-breaking group of international Literary Festivals that is the Word Alliance. Formed in 2010, the Word Alliance is a collaboration between literary festivals which aims to present the best authors to international audiences at events around the globe. This new addition comes at a time of literary hustle and bustle as the Edinburgh International Book Festival is currently in full swing and planning for this year’s IFOA is at its peak.

Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director of the IFOA said: "We are excited to welcome New York to the Word Alliance. Our current partnership has already led to several opportunities to collaborate on the international stage. The inclusion of New York, given the proximity, allows for some interesting and unique collaborations for the IFOA in the future.”

The Word Alliance includes: Bookworm International Literary Festival in Beijing, Edinburgh International Book Festival, the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, the International Literature Festival in Berlin, the Jaipur Literary Festival, the Melbourne Writers Festival, and PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature in New York. It is intended that the group will ultimately expand to include Africa and Latin America.

The development of the network, and the inaugural touring programme, is supported by Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

For more information on the Word Alliance visit


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. Tickets go on sale September 13.

For more information about the IFOA the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.

Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-4395

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