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ON THE COVER
IFOA Gets Serious
By IN House Staff
September, 2005, 17:29

Y
ou never know who you'll find doing god knows what at the Harbourfront Centre Reading Series' 25th annual International Festival of Authors (October 19 to 29, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario). But don't ask us who or what, find out for yourself. The world's best and most compelling literary souls, alive and dead, have drifted in and out of one of the largest lit fests in the world. This year is no different -- the stars will shine, the unknowns will schmooze and the rest of us will soak (in the culture and) up the booze.
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Participant List

(Also see Cover Excerpt for additional Participants and Supporters)

Photo Roderick Field
Zadie Smith (U.K.) burst onto the scene at the age of twenty-five with her debut novel, White Teeth which won the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Award. She reads from her third novel, On Beauty, the story of an American family and its members’ individual quests for meaning in contemporary life.
Supported by Penguin Group (Canada)

Reading: Friday, October 21 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Diana Evans, Nick Laird & Helen Oyeyemi

Interview: Saturday, October 23 at 12 pm - Studio Theatre
Interview conducted by Rebecca Caldwell

Photo Olivia Armenta
Daniel Alarcón (Peru/U.S.A.) was born in Peru and raised in Alabama. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker and Salon. He reads from War by Candlelight, a devastating collection of stories portraying the effects of war, dislocation and economic crisis on those living on the margins of a globalized society.

Reading: Saturday, October 29 at 12 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Craig Davidson & Nick McDonell

Round Table Discussion on "The Short Story"
Friday, October 28 at 7 pm - Brigantine Room with Melissa Bank, Craig Davidson & Lisa Moore
Moderated by Rebecca Caldwell

Tash Aw (U.K./Malaysia) was born in Taipei and brought up in Malaysia, moving to London in his teens. He reads from his first novel The Harmony Silk Factory, which juxtaposes three accounts of a haunting episode in a Malaysian Chinese family’s history against a backdrop of a country in crisis.
Supported by HarperCollins Canada Ltd

Reading: Friday, October 28 at 8 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Katherine Govier, Lydia Kwa & Hang Sok-Yong

Round Table Discussion on "The First Book" Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm with Josh Emmons, Uzodinma Iweala & Jim Lynch
Moderated by Rebecca Caldwell
Lakeside Terrace

Melissa Bank (U.S.A.) exploded on the literary scene with her debut book of stories, The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing. She reads from The Wonder Spot, a new collection of interconnected stories following a young woman through adolescence to adulthood as she searches for personal and professional contentment.
Supported by Penguin Group (Canada)

Reading: Saturday, October 29 at 3 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Lisa Moore & Alison Pick

Round Table Discussion on "The Short Story" Friday, October 28 at 7 pm with Daniel Alarcón, Craig Davidson & Lisa Moore
Moderated by Rebecca Caldwell
Brigantine Room

Julian Barnes’ (U.K.) novels including, Flaubert’s Parrot and A History of the World In 10 1/2 Chapters have enjoyed commercial and critical success across the English speaking world since the mid-eighties. He will read from Arthur and George, a new novel about crime and spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race.
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

Reading: Tuesday, October 25 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with David Baddiel, Michael Crummey & Andreï Makine

Interview: Wednesday, October 26 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room
Interviewed by TBA

Neil Bissoondath (Canada) is the author of the Governor General’s Award-nominated The Worlds Within Her and the Hugh MacLennan Fiction Prize-winning Doing the Heart Good. His first novel, A Casual Brutality, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and won the Books in Canada First Novel Award. He reads from The Unyielding Clamour of the Night, a new novel which follows a family and a country through an undeclared civil war.
Supported by Cormorant Books

Reading: Friday, October 28 at 8 pm- Premiere Dance Theatre with Izodinma Iweala, Rabindranath Maharaj & Andrew Miller

Round Table Discussion on "The Writer’s Life in the Information Age" Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm - Studio Theatre with Mohammed Nasseehu Ali, Michael Crummey, Alison Pick & Christopher Wilson
Moderated by Lewis DeSoto

Dionne Brand’s (Trinidad/Canada) acclaimed poetry collections include Thirsty, No Language Is Neutral and Land to Light On, which won the Governor General= s Award and the Trillium Award. She reads from What We All Long For, a riveting novel exploring the many unique multi-layered voices of Toronto.

Reading: Thursday, October 27 at 8 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Anne Fleming, Shani Mootoo & Donna Morrissey

Interview: Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm- Studio Theatre with Diana Evans
Interviewed by TBA

Candace Bushnell (U.S.A.) rose to fame with Sex and the City, her witty expose of the New York social scene which inspired the HBO series of the same name. She reads from Lipstick Jungle, a new novel featuring three women in their forties trying to maintain their positions at the top of the professional heap
Supported by H.B. Fenn & Company Ltd.

Reading/Interview: Saturday, October 22 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room with Lauren Weisberger
Interview conducted by Carolyn Weaver

Anita Diamant (U.S.A.) is a prizewinning journalist whose work appears regularly in the Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting magazine. She is the author of the best-selling novels Good Harbour and The Red Tent, which was Book Sense Book of the Year for 2001. She reads from The Last Days of Dogtown, a new novel featuring the eccentrics and misfits of a 19th century Massachusetts hamlet.
Supported by Simon & Schuster Canada

Reading: Sunday, October 23 at 12 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Melania G. Mazzuco & Francine Prose

Photo Greg Martin
Josh Emmons (U.S.A.) received his M.F.A. from The University of Iowa Writers Workshop and has taught writing at The University of Iowa and Loyola University. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine. Emmons reads from The Loss of Leon Meed, his inventive and engaging debut novel in which ten residents of Eureka, California are brought together by the inexplicable appearances and disappearances of a mysterious man.
Supported by Simon & Schuster Canada

Reading: Thursday, October 27 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room with David Gilmour, Ali Smith & Christopher Wilson

Round Table Discussion on "The First Book" Tuesday, October 26 at 7 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Tash Aw, Uzodinma Iweala & Jim Lynch
Moderated by Sandra Martin

Photo Charles Hopkinson
Diana Evans (U.K) is a graduate of the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA program and has published short fiction in a number of anthologies. She has worked as a journalist and an art critic and writes regularly for the Independent and Stage. Evans reads from 26a, her compelling debut novel about the bond between twins which recently won the Orange Prize for New Writers.
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

Reading: Friday, October 21 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Nick Laird, Helen Oyeyemi & Zadie Smith

Interview: Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm - Studio Theatre with Dionne Brand
Interview conducted by TBA

Jonathan Safran Foer (U.S.A.) is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, Everything is Illuminated and the editor of A Convergence of Birds, a collection of writing inspired by Joseph Cornell’s bird boxes. He is the co-editor of The Future Dictionary of America, a utopian writing project produced by McSweeney’s in support of progressive organizations working during the 2004 American election. He reads from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a new novel.
Supported by Houghton Mifflin

Reading: Wednesday, October 26 at 8 pm- Lakeside Terrace with Zsuzsa Bánk, Jenny Erpenbeck & Jim Lynch

Interview: Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm - Studio Theatre with David Rakoff
Interview conducted by Marsha Lederman

Elizabeth Kostova (U.S.A.) graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. She reads from her debut novel The Historian, an adventure of monumental proportions, blending fact and fantasy in a thrilling, centuries-spanning narrative following Vlad the Impaler’s barbarous rein in the past and present.
Supported by H.B. Fenn & Company Ltd.

Reading: Saturday, October 22 at 12 pm- Premiere Dance Theatre with Kate Mosse & Louise Welsh

Interview: Saturday, October 22 at 4 pm Lakeside Terrace with Kate Mosse
Interview conducted by Mark Askwith

Photo Denise Lynch
Jim Lynch (U.S.A.) has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in a number of literary magazines. A Puget Sound native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, Washington. He reads from his first novel, The Highest Tide, in which a thirteen year old boy becomes a local celebrity.
Supported by Raincoast Books

Reading: Wednesday, October 26 at 8 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Zsuzsa Bánk, Jenny Erpenbeck & Jonathan Safran Foer

Round Table Discussion on "The First Book" Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Tash Aw, Josh Emmons & Uzodinma Iweala
Moderated by Sandra Martin

Photo Aline Brault
Shani Mootoo (Canada) was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She has lived in Canada since the early 1980s. Her acclaimed first novel Cereus Blooms at Night, was published in fourteen countries and was a finalist for The Giller Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. She reads from He Drown She In The Sea, her latest novel.
Supported by McClelland & Stewart

Reading: Thursday, October 27 at 8 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Dionne Brand, Anne Fleming & Donna Morrissey

Round Table Discussion on "Writing in Canada": Friday, October 28 at 7 pm - Studio Theatre with David Gilmour, Anne Fleming & Donna Morrissey
Moderated by Derek Weiler

Photo Mark Pringle
Helen Oyeyemi (Nigeria/UK) is the author of two plays, Juniper’s Whitening and Victimese. She is currently a student at Cambridge University. Oyeyemi reads from The Icarus Girl, a novel she completed just before her nineteenth birthday.
Supported by Penguin Group (Canada)

Reading: Friday, October 21 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Diana Evans, Nick Laird & Zadie Smith

Round Table Discussion on "Books that Have Influenced You" Saturday, October 22 at 4 pm - Brigantine Room with David Baddiel & Francine Prose
Moderated by Eleanor Wachtel

Toronto-based journalist and filmmaker Nelofer Pazira (Afghanistan/Canada) came to prominence with films such as Kandahar and Return to Kandahar. She reads from A Bed of Red Flowers, a new memoir about her childhood and family life in Kabul under Communist imperial occupation.

Reading/Interview: Saturday, October 29 at 2 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Hadani Ditmars
Interview conducted by TBA

Photo Marion Ettlinger
David Rakoff (U.S.A./Canada) is a regular contributor to Salon, Outside magazine and Pubic Radio International’s This American Life. He is the author of Fraud, a collection of essays which involve impersonating Sigmund Freud and climbing icy mountains in cheap loafers. He reads from Don’t Get Too Comfortable, a scathing critique of contemporary first-world narcissism.
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

Reading: Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Andrew Moody & Seth

Interview: Tueady, October 25 at 7 pm- Studio Theatre with Jonathan Safran Foer
Interview conducted by Marsha Lederman

Photo Don Denton
John Ralston Saul (Canada) is the author of numerous acclaimed works of philosophy and fiction including The Birds of Prey, Voltaire’s Bastards and The Unconscious Civilization. He presents The Collapse of Globalism, a new work exploring the early and unexpected demise of the 21st century’s most pervasive philosophy economics, governance and popular culture.

Talk/Interview: Friday, October 21 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room with Ronald Wright
Interview conducted by Bob Rae

Ali Smith (U.K.) is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, and The Whole Story and Other Stories. Her second novel, Hotel World was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize. She reads from The Accidental, a new novel.
Supported by Penguin Group (Canada)

Reading: Thursday, October 28 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room with Josh Emmons, David Gilmour & Christopher Wilson

Round Table Discussion: Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Brigantine Room with Nick Laird, Andrew Miller & Rick Moody
Moderated by Carolyn Weaver for Fine Print Television

Minette Walters (U.K.) established herself as a luminary of crime fiction with the publication of her first book, The Ice House. She is the recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Sculptress and the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for The Dark Room and The Scold’s Bridle. Several of her novels have been adapted for television by the BBC. Walters reads from The Devil’s Feather.
Supported by H.B. Fenn & Company Ltd.

Reading: Wednesday, October 27 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Karin Fossum & Juris Jurjevics (an interview conducted by Peter Robinson will follow Minette Walters’ reading)

Photo Julie Dennis Brothers
Lauren Weisberger’s (U.S.A.) debut novel, The Devil Wears Prada was published in twenty-seven countries and became a classic of the chick lit canon. With her second novel, Everything Worth Knowing Weisberger introduces Bette, a young Manhattanite who leaves the world of finance for a job in public relations and a life of champagne, parties and gossip-column celebrity.
Supported by Simon & Schuster Canada

Reading/Interview: Saturday, October 22 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room with Candace Bushnell
Interview conducted by Carolyn Weaver

Tim Winton (Australia) is one of Australia’s most respected authors. He has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and has published nineteen books for adults and children. He reads from The Turning, a brilliantly realized work of seventeen overlapping stories set in the 1970s.
Supported by HarperCollins Canada Ltd

Reading/Interview: Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Jonathan Coe
Interview conducted by TBA

(Also see Cover Excerpt for additional Participants and Supporters) 
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