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TORONTO, September 12, 2011 ---- Celebrating its 32nd year, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is delighted to announce an additional 63 names to the existing line-up of 70 authors for this yearís Festival, October 19 to 30, 2011. With hosts, moderators and interviewers, this brings the total number of participants to 189. Further to those authors and events previously announced, this yearís IFOA audiences can expect to see:

Man Booker Prize nominated authors Patrick deWitt, Yvvette Edwards, Esi Edugyan, Stephen Kelman, Alison Pick; Gal Beckerman, the Honourable Irwin Cotler, Peter Filkins, Michal Govrin add to the excitement of Koffler at the IFOA; Can-lit superstars Anita Rau Badami, Lauren B. Davis, Frances Itani, Nicole Lundrigan, Gayla Reid, Olive Senior, Jane Urquhart, Ė and Suzanne Desrochers, who will participate in a Master Class presented by IFOA and the Humber School for Writers; Joe Dunthorne reads and is interviewed alongside Colson Whitehead; funny man Will Ferguson is interviewed by the CBCís Shelagh Rogers; graphic novelist Kate Beaton and former Saturday Night Live writer Patricia Marx are interviewed together; Linwood Barclay, Rodge Glass, Kirstin Innes, Peter Robinson, and ZoŽ Strachan join 14 others in a reading of Fleck, A Verse Comedy; Nuruddin Farah, Gary Geddes and Emma Ruby-Sachs discuss Africa in a round table discussion; Canadian publishing icon Douglas Gibson; poets Bruce Meyer and H. Masud Taj; last yearís winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Johanna Skibsrud returns with her latest work of short stories; business woman turned author Louise Patten; bestsellers Amitav Ghosh, Francisco Goldman, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, and Daniel Woodrell; author, playwright and performer Alan Bissett; Governor Generalís Literary Award winner David Gilmour; media guru Brooke Gladstone; debut novelists Chad Harbach, Heather Jessup, Riel Nason, Sina Queyras, Harry Whitehead, and D.W. Wilson; musician turned novelist, Josh Ritter; non-fiction author Joshua Knelman; socialite Gloria Vanderbilt; and Polly Horvath and Kathy Reichs participate as part of YoungIFOA.

To add to the excitement, a number of unique partnerships culminate in several special events including:

- Past nominees and winners of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction join together for two special events in honour of the 10th awarding of the prize. Participants include Elizabeth Abbott, Stevie Cameron, James Chatto, Charles Foran, Margaret MacMillan, and John Terpstra.

- Found in Translation, a series of events paying tribute to the art of literary translation and the importance of making literature available in multiple languages and platforms and how this affects readers across the globe. Participants in these events include Edem Awumey, Russell Banks, Stephen Clarke, Claro, Peter Filkins, Niels Frank, Michal Govrin, Roger Greenwald, David Homel, Nancy Huston, Lazer Lederhendler, Alain Mabanckou, Tom Perrotta, Thomas Pletzinger, Dr. Michael Schneider, Claude Tatilon, Marieke van der Pol, and Dan Vyleta.

- PEN Canada Benefit: Designer and "innovation guru" Bruce Mau, known and celebrated around the world for his inspirational, transformative ideas that have reinterpreted contemporary culture, reveals himself and his work in images and conversation on Wednesday, October 19, the opening night of the Festival. This event is also part of the Festivalís McLuhan 100: Past, Present & Future, in honour of the 100th birthday of media theorist Marshall McLuhan.

For a complete list of participants and a full schedule visit

Events take place at Torontoís Harbourfront Centre: 207 & 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets to most events are $18/$15 members and free for students and youth under the age of 25 (subject to availability). Some exceptions apply; please refer to individual event listings. The public may purchase tickets through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or online at


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 yearís 32nd annual IFOA takes place from October 19 to 30, 2011. Tickets go on sale September 13.

Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-4395

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