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Writers Invade Toronto

2007_01_17toibin.jpgThe International Readings at Harbourfront Centre unveiled the line-up for their 2007 winter season yesterday. A horde of authors, journalists and poets – some established and some intriguing young talent – will be coming to Toronto over the next few weeks. Book nerds, grab your pens and mark these dates down on your calendars.
On February 5, The Globe and Mail’s Ian Brown will be interviewing New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin about his new book, About Alice.
February 7 is a real international affair, as the series will host India’s Vikram Chandra (author of the new and much-hyped Sacred Games), Ireland’s master of prose, Colm Toibin (pictured, and author of the new short-story collection Mothers and Sons), and Canada’s Neil Smith, who will be promoting his debut collection, Bang Crunch (Smith has been making waves in Canadian literary journals over the past few years and it’s nice to see him finally release a book.)
February 21 sees three Canadian writers take the stage. Toronto’s Scott Gardiner will be reading from his new book King John of Canada, Vancouver’s Shaena Lambert will be promoting her novel Radiance, and Montreal’s Heather O’Neill will read from her debut novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals.
For the final event of February, Jon Clinch is in town to promote his novel Finn, which focuses on Huckleberry Finn’s father. He will be joined by Canada’s Kyo Maclear, promoting her debut novel The Letter Opener, as well as Pulitzer-Prize winning American author Jane Smiley, reading from Ten Days in the Hills.
These events take place at the Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, at 7:30p.m. Tickets are free for members and students, $8 for everyone else.

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