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By IN House Staff
September, 2005, 08:24

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Mohammed Naseehu Ali’s (Ghana/U.S.A.) fiction and essays have been published in the New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, Gathering of Tribes and Essence. He reads from his debut, The Prophet of Zongo Street, a collection of fiction blending folkloric myth and modernity in a Ghana community
Supported by HarperCollins Canada Ltd

Reading: Saturday, October 29 at 12 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Daniel Alarcón, Craig Davidson & Nick McDonell

Round Table Discussion on "The Writers’ Life in the Age of Information" Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm - Studio Theatre with Neil Bissoondath, Michael Crummey, Alison Pick & Christopher Wilson
Moderated by Lewis DeSoto

Alongside his successful career as a creator of comedic radio and television programmes, David Baddiel (U.K.) has published a number of books, including the novels Time for Bed and Whatever Love Means. The Secret Purposes marks a change for the comedian as he explores British anti-Semitism during the Second World War.
Supported by Penguin Group (Canada)

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

Round Table Discussion on "Books that Have Influenced You" Saturday, October 22 at 5 pm - Brigantine Room with Francine Prose & Helen Oyeyemi
Moderated by Eleanor Wachtel

Zsuzsa Bánk (Germany) is the recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships and has quickly found success in Europe with her debut novel. She reads from The Swimmer, a touching story about migrant children travelling through Hungary in the 1950s with their depressive father.
Supported by The Goethe-Institut Toronto

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

Round Table Discussion on "Time and Place" Saturday, October 29 at 3 pm - Studio Theatre with Lydia Kwa, Rabindranath Maharaj & Hang Sok-Yong
Moderated by TBA
Studio Theatre

John Berendt (U.S.A.) is the author of the New York Times bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He reads from The City of Falling Angels, a new book featuring a cast of real life characters encountered while investigating the fire that destroyed La Fenice opera house in Venice.
Supported by Penguin Group (Canada)

Reading/Interview: Thursday, October 27 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre
Interview conducted by TBA

David Bergen (Canada) is the author of three highly acclaimed novels; See the Child, The Case of Lena S and A Year of Lesser, which won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He reads from The Time In Between, a new novel about the struggles of two generations exploring the beautiful and painful history of Vietnam.
Supported by McClelland & Stewart

Reading: Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm - Brigantine Room with Steven Heighton, Charles Montgomery & Leon Rooke

Round Table Discussion: Sunday, October 23 at 2 pm - Brigantine Room with Jenny Erpenbeck, Melania G. Mazzucco & Leon Rooke
Moderated by Carolyn Weaver

Charles Burns (U.S.A.) is the creator of the comics El Borbah, Skin Deep, Big Baby and Black Hole. His illustration work appears regularly on the cover of The Believer as well as in Time and the New Yorker. He presents his recently completed and collected comic Black Hole, a multiple Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Award winner.
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

Talk: On his book "Black Hole" Saturday, October 29 at 2 pm - Brigantine Room

Round Table Discussion on "Classic Graphic Novels" Saturday, October 29 at 4 pm - Brigantine Room with Seth & Chris Ware

Jonathan Coe’s (U.K.) novels include The Rotter’s Club, The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death and What a Carve Up!, which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. He reads from The Closed Circle, a comedic novel revisiting characters from The Rotter’s Club in which Cool Britannia is forced to address its ongoing racial and social tensions at the turn of the 21st Century.
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

Reading/Interview: Sunday, October 23 at 3 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Tim Winton
Interview conducted by TBA

Michael Crummey (Canada) is an acclaimed poet, short story writer and novelist. His novel River Thieves was a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. He reads from The Wreckage, a story of love crossed by the blindness of faith and fate set in the mid-20th century.
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

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

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

Craig Davidson
(Canada) is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s Creative Writing MFA programme. He reads from his short story collection Rust and Bone, an exploration of society’s more extreme expressions of manhood.
Supported by Penguin Group (Canada)

Reading: Saturday, October 29 at 12 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Daniel Alarcón & Mohammed Naseehu Ali

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

Hadani Ditmars
’ (Canada) work has been published in the New York Times, London Independent, the Globe and Mail, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Newsweek and has been broadcast on the BBC and CBC radio and television. Her Ms. Magazine essay on Iraqi women has been adopted for several university courses. She reads from Dancing In The No-Fly Zone, her first book.
Supported by Raincoast Books

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

Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany) was born in East Berlin in 1967. She studied to become an opera producer and is now a freelance author and producer, living near Graz in Austria. Her play, Katzen haben sieben Leben will receive its first performance in Graz next year. She reads from her English language debut Tale of the Old Child.
Supported by The Goethe-Institut Toronto

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

Round Table Discussion: Sunday, October 23 at 2 pm - Brigantine Room with David Bergen, Melania G. Mazzuco & Leon Rooke
Moderated by Carolyn Weaver for Fine Print Television

Will Ferguson’s (Canada) debut novel Happiness was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and won the Leacock Medal for Humor as well as the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. He presents Hitching Rides With Buddha, a comedic travelogue of his experiences with cherry blossoms and automobiles in Japan.
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

Talk/Interview: Sunday, October 23 at 3 pm - Studio Theatre
Interview conducted by Antanas Sileika

Anne Fleming’s (Canada) short fiction was selected for 2004's Toronto Life fiction issue and won a National Magazine Award. She is the author of the acclaimed novel Pool Hopping, which was nominated for the Governor General's Fiction Award, the Danuta Gleed Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She reads from her new novel, Anomaly.
Supported by Raincoast Books

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

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

Oslo based crime fiction writer Karin Fossum (Norway) made her debut in 1974 with a collection of poetry. Her crime novels featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer have been published in sixteen languages. She reads from the latest instalment of the saga, Calling Out For You, in which Inspector Sejer and his partner are called to investigate the death of a newly arrived foreigner
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

Reading: Wednesday, October 26 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Juris Jurjevics & Minette Walters

Round Table Discussion on "As the Plot Thickens" Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm - Studio Theatre with C.C. Humphreys, Juris Jurjevics & Louise Welsh
Moderated by Philip Marchand

David Gilmour (Canada) is an acclaimed journalist and novelist. For many years he has been a fixture on Canadian television, as a film critic for The Journal and The National and as host of the award-winning Gilmour on the Arts. He is currently the weekend host for the Documentary Channel. Gilmour reads from A Perfect Night to Go to China, a new novel about a child’s traumatic disappearance.

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

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

Katherine Govier is the author eleven books including Fables of Brunswick Avenue, Angel Walk and Hearts of Flame, which won the City of Toronto Book Award. She reads from her new novel, Crystal Water which delves into the majestic history of Japan’s nineteenth century pearl rush.

Reading: Friday, October 27 at 8 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Tash Aw, Lydia Kwa & Hang Sok-Yong

HarperPerennial Launch: Sunday, October 23 at 4 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Dennis Bock, Christopher Dewdney and others

Steven Heighton (Canada) is the author of five books, including the bestseller The Shadow Boxer. He reads from afterlands, a new novel which traces the lives of the three surviving crewmembers of the first U.S. mission to the North Pole.
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd

Reading: Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm – Brigantine Room with David Bergen, Charles Montgomery & Leon Rooke

C.C. Humphreys (U.K.) was born Toronto and grew up in London. His first novel, The French Executioner has recently been optioned for film. Jack Absolute is the first in a series about the master spy.
Supported by McArthur & Company

Round Table Discussion on "As the Plot Thickens" Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm – Studio Theatre With Karin Fossum, Juris Jurjevics & Louise Welsh
Moderated by Philip Marchand

John Irving (U.S.A.) is the bestselling author of A Widow for One Year, A Prayer for Owen Meany and The World Acording to Garp. He won an Academy Award for his screenplay adaptation of the The Cider House Rules. Irving reads from Until I Find You, a new novel of overwhelming melancholy and robust comedy.
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

Reading/Interview: Saturday, October 23 at 8 pm Premiere Dance Theatre
Interview conducted by Ann-Marie MacDonald

NOTE: John Irving will not be signing books after the event; however there will be pre-signed stock of his new book available at the venue.

Uzodinma Iweala (Nigeria/U.S.A.) was born in Washington D.C. in 1982 and currently lives part time in Lagos, Nigeria. He reads from Beasts of No Nation, his debut novel about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country.
Supported by HarperCollins Canada Ltd

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

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

Juris Jurjevics (U.S.A./Latvia) is a Vietnam veteran and the founder of Soho Press. He reads from The Trudeau Vector, a new thriller that superbly depicts the precarious, volatile area where science and global politics can clash with disastrous results.
Supported by McArthur & Company

Reading: Wednesday, October 26 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Karin Fossum & Minette Walters

Round Table Discussion on "As the Plot Thickens" Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm - Studio Theatre with Karin Fossum & Louise Welsh
Moderated by Philip Marchand

Robert Kroetsch (Canada) is one of Canada= s most respected poets. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction with his novel The Studhorse Man. He reads from his latest poetry collection The Snowbird Poems.
Supported by University of Alberta Press

Reading/Round Table Discussion: Tuesday, October 25 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room with Dorothy Porter & Robert Sullivan

Lydia Kwa (Singapore/Canada) is the author of a collection of poetry, The Colours of Heroines and This Place Called Absence, a novel. She reads from The Walking Boy, a haunted story of love and longing, power and greed and an individual’s search for meaning in 8th century Tang Dynasty China.
Supported by Key Porter Books

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

Round Table Discussion on "Time & Place" Saturday, October 29 at 3 pm - Studio Theatre with Zsuzsa Bánk, Rabindranath Maharaj & Hang Sok-Yong

Nick Laird (U.K.) is a London lawyer, poet and critic who grew up in Northern Ireland. His collection of poems, To a Fault recently won the Eric Gregory Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Laird reads from Utterly Monkey, his debut novel which chronicles the trials and tribulations of a young London lawyer with a dangerous past.
Supported by HarperCollins Canada Ltd

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

Round Table Discussion: Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Brigantine Room with Andrew Miller, Rick Moody & Ali Smith
Moderated by Carolyn Weaver

Cynthia Lennon (U.K.) was John Lennon’s first wife and a insider witness to the birth of The Beatles. She reads from John, a memoir of her life and marriage to the world’s best known songwriter.
Supported by McArthur & Company

Reading/Interview: Saturday, October 22 at 4 pm – Studio Theatre
Interviewer: TBA

Rabindranath Maharaj (Trinidad/Canada) is the author of three novels and two collections of short stories, including The Interloper, which was nominated for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. He reads from A Perfect Pledge, his latest novel about a sugar cane farmer who continually plots to improve life for his family and contemporaries, much to their dismay.

Reading: Friday, October 28 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Neil Bissoondath, Uzodinma Iweala & Andrew Miller

Round Table Discussion on "Time & Place" Saturday, October 29 at 3 pm - Studio Theatre with Zsuzsa Bánk, Lydia Kwa & Hang Sok-Yong
Moderated by TBA

Andreï Makine (Russia/France) was born in 1958 and left the former Soviet Union a decade ago to live in France. His novel Dreams of My Russian Summers was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and won both the Goncourt and Médicis Prizes. He reads from The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme, the stunning conclusion to the epic trilogy that began with Dreams of My Russian Summers.
Supported by Le Consulat général de France à Toronto

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

Nick McDonnell (U.S.A.) was born in New York City in 1984 and is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Twelve. He reads from The Third Brother, a thrilling new novel set in Bangkok.
Support by Publishers Group Canada

Reading: Saturday, October 29 at 12 pm – Lakeside Terrace With Daniel Alarcón, Mohammed Naseehu Ali & Craig Davidson

Melania G. Mazzucco (Italy) is the author of four acclaimed novels and a number of works for cinema, theatre and radio. She reads from Vita, a story of twentieth century immigration and the sometimes accidental search for roots in the old country.
Supported by HarperCollins Canada Ltd

Reading: Sunday, October 23 at 12 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Anita Diamant & Francine Prose

Round Table Discussion: Sunday, October 23 at 2 pm - Brigantine Room with David Bergen, Jenny Erpenbeck, Leon Rooke
Moderated by Carolyn Weaver

Andrew Miller
’s (U.K.) first book, Ingenious Pain won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Oxygen was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel Award. He reads from The Optimists, a new novel about a photojournalist who returns to Britain from Africa where he was involved in reporting on an atrocity.
Supported by McArthur & Company

Reading: Friday, October 28 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Neil Bissoondath, Uzodinma Iweala & Rabindranath Maharaj

Round Table Discussion: Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Brigantine Room with Nick Laird, Rick Moody & Ali Smith
Moderated by Carolyn Weaver

Charles Montgomery (Canada) is the recipient of the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for non-fiction. He was awarded the Lowell Thomas Silver award for travel writing in 2003 and has won the Western Canada Magazine Award four times. Montgomery reads from The Last Heathen, a memoir documenting his experiences in Melanesia, a chain of volcanic islands in the South Pacific with a rumoured history of black magic, headhunting and cannibalism.
Supported by the Charles Taylor Prize

Reading: Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm - Brigantine Room with David Bergen, Steven Heighton & Leon Rooke

Talk/Visual Presentation: Thursday, October 27 at 3 pm- Brigantine Room as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Learning for Living

Rick Moody’s (U.S.A.) fiction and criticism appears regularly throughout the English-speaking world. His books include The Ice Storm, Purple America, Demonology and The Black Veil. He reads from The Diviners, a new novel about contemporary America featuring the word man who coined the phrase "inspired by a true story."
Supported by H.B. Fenn & Company Ltd.

Reading: Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Lakeside Terrace with David Rakoff & Seth

Round Table Discussion: Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Brigantine Room with Nick Laird, Andrew Miller & Ali Smith
Moderated by Carolyn Weaver

Lisa Moore (Canada) is the author of two collections of stories; Degrees of Nakedness and Open, which was shortlised for the Giller Prize. She is a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail and her fiction frequently appears in Canadian literary magazines. Moore reads from Alligator, a new novel.
Supported by House of Anansi Press

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

Round Table Discussion on "The Short Story" Friday, October 28 at 7 pm- Studio Theatre with Daniel Alarcón, Melissa Bank & Craig Davidson
Moderated by Rebecca Caldwell

Donna Morrissey (Canada) is the author of two award-winning novels, Kit’s Law and Downhill Chance as well as a screenplay, Clothesline Patch, which won a Gemini Award. She reads from Sylvanus Now, a "breathtakingly beautiful" (Alistair MacLeod) love story set in mid-century Newfoundland.
Supported by Penguin Group (Canada)

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

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

Kate Mosse (U.K.) is an author, broadcaster and the co-founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her novels include Crucifix Lane and Becoming a Mother. She reads from Labyrinth, a new novel which spans eight hundred years of history in the south of France.
Supported by McArthur & Company

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

Interview: Saturday, October 22 at 4 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Elisabeth Kostova Interview conducted by Mark Askwith

Kenneth Oppel
(Canada) is the bestselling author of Airborn, which won the Governor General’s Award. His Silverwing Saga has sold over a million copies worldwide and has won numerous awards, including the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award. He reads from Skybreaker, the sequel to Airborn.

Reading: Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Studio Theatre

Alison Pick
(Canada) was the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award winner for most promising unpublished writer under 35 in Canada. Her first book, Question & Answer, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award. She reads from The Sweet Edge, a new novel about the fragility of love and the inevitability of change.
Supported by Raincoast Books

Reading: Saturday, October 29 at 3 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre with Melissa Bank and Lisa Moore

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

Dorothy Porter
(Australia) has written libretti, poetry and a number of young adult books. She has been shortlisted for several prestigious prizes and is the recipient of the National Book Council Award for Poetry and the Braille Book of the Year for The Monkey Mask, a crime thriller written in verse. She reads from her newest verse novel, Wild Surmise.
Supported by The Australia Council for the Arts

Reading/Round Table Discussion: Tuesday, October 25 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room with Robert Kroetsch & Robert Sullivan
Moderated by TBA

Francine Prose
(U.S.A.) is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including the novel Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. She is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, including Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships. She reads from A Changed Man, a new novel about a young neo-Nazi who makes a radical change in his life by joining forces with a Holocaust survivor.
Supported by HarperCollins Canada Ltd

Reading: Sunday, October 23 at 12 pm - Brigantine Room with Anita Diamant & Melania G. Mazzucco

Round Table Discussion on "Books that Have Influenced You" Saturday, October 22 at 5 pm - Brigantine Room with David Baddiel & Helen Oyeyemi
Moderated by Eleanor Wachtel

Lisa Rochon (Canada) is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and an architecture critic for the Globe and Mail. She presents Up North, a new book on the legacy of modern Canadian architecture featuring extensive interviews with Frank Gehry, Arthur Erickson and many others.

Talk/Interview: Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre
Interview conducted by TBA

Leon Rooke (Canada) is the author of seven novels including The Fall of Gravity, which was chosen by the Globe and Mail as one of 2000’s top books and Shakespeare’s Dog, which won the Governor General’s Award. He has published over 300 short stories as well as poetry and plays and is the founder of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. Rooke reads from The Beautiful Wife, an endearing marvel of magic realist narrative.

Reading: Saturday, October 22 at 2 pm - Brigantine Room with David Bergen, Steven Heighton & Charles Montgomery

Round Table Discussion: Sunday, October 23 at 3 pm - Brigantine Room with David Bergen, Jenny Erpenbeck & Melania G. Mazzucco
Moderated by Carolyn Weaver

Vikram Seth (India) is the author of Equal Music, Golden Gate and the international bestseller A Suitable Boy. He reads from Two Lives, a true story about his great uncle, an Indian medical student in Berlin, and his great aunt, a young Jewish woman in Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Supported by McArthur & Company

Reading/Interview: Saturday, October 29 at 12 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre
Interview conducted by Eleanor Wachtel

Seth (Canada) is the creator the series Palooka-Ville and numerous graphic novel collections as well as the designer of the critically acclaimed twenty-five volume Complete Peanuts. He recently collaborated with his father on a memoir of the Great Depression entitled Bannock, Beans & Black Tea. Seth presents Wimbledon Green, the story of the world’s greatest comic book collector.
Supported by Drawn & Quarterly

Reading: Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Rick Moody & David Rakoff

Round Table Discussion on "Classic Comic Books" Saturday, October 29 at 4 pm - Brigantine Room with Charles Burns and Chris Ware

Hwang Sok-Yong (South Korea/U.K.) became a household name in Korea when his epic work Chang Kil-san was serialized in newspapers from 1974 to 1984. A dedicated political activist, he spent five years in prison as a result of his unauthorized trip to North Korea with the intent of inciting exchange between the artists of the divided country. He reads from The Guest, a new novel.
Supported by Seven Stories Press

Reading: Friday, October 28 at 8 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Tash Aw, Katherine Govier & Lydia Kwa

Round Table Discussion on "Time & Place" Saturday, October 29 at 3 pm - Studio Theatre with Zsuzsa Bánk, Lydia Kwa & Rabindranath Maharaj
Moderated by TBA

Robert Sullivan (New Zealand) is the author of a number of verse collections including Jazz Waiata, which won the 1991 PEN (NZ) Award for Best First Book of Poetry. He is also the creator of a celebrated graphic novel for children, Maui: Legends of the Outcast which won the New Zealand Post Book of the Year award. He reads from Voice Carried My Family, a retrospective collection drawing on ancestral and contemporary connections between New Zealand and Polynesia.
Supported by The New Zealand Book Council

Reading/Round Table Discussion: Tuesday, October 25 at 8 pm- Brigantine Room with Robert Kroetsch & Dorothy Porter
Moderated by TBA

Step Into Stories Reading: Tuesday, October 25 at 1 pm - Brigantine Room

Chris Ware (U.S.A.) is the creator of the regularly serialized comic The ACME Novelty Library and the graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth. He edited the acclaimed and much sought after McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #13 which features more than two dozen of the world’s leading graphic novelists. He presents The ACME Novelty Library featuring the serialized story "Rusty Brown."
Supported by Random House of Canada Ltd.

Round Table Discussion on "Classic Comic Books" Saturday, October 29 at 4 pm - Brigantine Room with Charles Burns & Chris Ware

Louise Welsh’s (U.K.) debut novel, The Cutting Room won The Crime Writers’ Association’s Creasey Dagger award and was chosen by the Guardian as one of the best first novels of 2002. She reads from Tambourlaine Must Die, a thrilling historical murder mystery in which Christopher Marlowe is stalked by one of his own violent characters.
Supported by HarperCollins Canada Ltd

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

Round Table Discussion on "As the Plot Thickens" Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 pm - Studio Theatre with Juris Jurjevics & Karin Fossum
Moderated by Philip Marchand

Christopher Wilson (U.K.) is the author of the novels Mischief and Bluegrass, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He reads from The Ballad of Lee Cotton, an original, funny and profoundly thought-provoking new novel exploring conceptions of race and humanity in the southern United States.
Supported by Penguin Group (Canada)

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

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, Neil Bissoondath, Michael Crummey & Alison Pick
Moderated by Lewis DeSoto

Ronald Wright (Canada) is a novelist, historian, and essayist. He is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and has written and presented documentaries for radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic. Wright presents A Short History of Progress, a new work exploring the future through our past and present worlds.
Supported by House of Anansi Press

Talk/Interview: Friday, October 21 at 8 pm- Brigantine Room with John Ralston Saul
Interview conducted by Bob Rae


Interviewers & Moderators

Mark Askwith
(Canada)
Interviewing Elizabeth Kostova & Kate Mosse : Saturday, October 22 at 5 pm - Lakeside Terrace

Rebecca Caldwell (Canada) is an arts reporter and editor for the Globe and Mail. Interviewing Zadie Smith : Saturday, October 22 at 1 pm - Studio Theatre

Round Table Discussion on "The Short Story" : Friday, October 28 at 7 pm - Brigantine Room with Daniel Alarcón, Melissa Bank, Craig Davidson & Lisa Moore

Susan Cole
Interviewing Dionne Brand & Diana Evans : Saturday, October 22 at 3 pm - Studio Theatre

Marsha Lederman

Interviewing Jonathan Safran Foer & David Rakoff : Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm - Studio Theatre

Sandra Martin

Round Table Discussion on "The First Book" : Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm - Lakeside Terrace with Tash Aw, Josh Emmons, Uzodinma Iweala & Jim Lynch

Lewis DeSoto

Round Table Discussion on "The Writer’s Life in the Information Age" : Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm - Studio Theatre with Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Neil Bissoondath, Michael Crummey, Alison Pick & Christopher Wilson

Martin Levin
Interviewing Julian Barnes : Wednesday, October 26 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room

Ann-Marie MacDonald (Canada) is the author of the acclaimed novels The Way the Crow Flies and Fall On Your Knees, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. She is the host of the CBC series Life and Times.
Interviewing John Irving : Saturday, October 22 at 8 pm - Premiere Dance Theatre

Bob Rae
Interviewing John Ralston Saul & Ronald Wright : Friday, October 21 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room

Peter Robinson (Canada) is the author of the Inspector Banks series. His most recent novel is Strange Affair.

Interviewing Minette Walters : Wednesday, October 27 at 8 pm Premiere Dance Theatre.

Antanas Sileika (Canada)
Interviewing Will Ferguson : Sunday, October 23 at 3 pm - Studio Theatre

Eleanor Wachtel (Canada) is a Toronto writer and broadcaster. She is the host of CBC Radio's Writers & Company and The Arts Tonight. Three books of her interviews have been published: Original Minds, Writers & Company and More Writers & Company.
Interviewing Vikram Seth : Saturday, October 29 at 12 pm Premiere Dance Theatre

Moderator for Round Table Discussion : Saturday, October 22 at 5 pm - Brigantine Room with David Baddiel, Helen Oyeyemi & Francine Prose

Carolyn Weaver (Canada) is the creator, producer and host of Fine Print television and magazine. She also produces and hosts BioLibrary and Tech Books.
Interviewing Candace Bushnell & Lauren Weisberger : Saturday, October 23 at 8 pm - Brigantine Room

Moderator for Round Table with Nick Laird, Andrew Miller, Rick Moody & Ali Smith : Sunday, October 23 at 1 pm - Brigantine Room

Moderator for Round Table Discussion with David Bergen, Jenny Erpenbeck, Melania G. Mazzucco & Leon Rooke : Sunday, October 23 at 3 pm - Brigantine Room

Derek Weiler

Moderator for Round Table Discussion on "Writing in Canada" : Friday, October 28 at 7 pm - Studio Theatre with Anne Fleming, David Gilmour, Donna Morrissey & Shani Mootoo


Support

At most of the reading events we will be drawing for a library valued at $500. Thanks to the following publishers for their generous donations.

Black Moss Press
Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group
ECW Press
Exile Editions Limited
Guernica Editions
H.B. Fenn & Company Ltd.
HarperCollins Canada Ltd.
House of Anansi Press
McArthur & Company Ltd.
McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Oxford University Press
Penguin Group Canada
Publishers Group Canada
Raincoast Books
Random House of Canada
Simon & Schuster Canada
Thomas Allen & Son Ltd.
Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd.

Many thanks to the following organizations who have generously donated product to the IFOA:

Allen’s
Athens Pastries
Bar Italia
By the Way Café
Consulat général de France à Toronto
Druxy’s Famous Deli Sandwiches
Dufflet Pastries
Kama
Mary Macleod’s Shortbread
Mel’s Montreal Delicatessen
Pasquale Bros. Downtown Ltd.
Patachou Patisserie
Penelope Restaurant
Royal Norwegian Consualte General
Say Tea
Scott Paper
Spice Thai

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