Authors at Harbourfront Centre eNews | October 2010

The 31st annual IFOA has arrived!

If you haven't already got your tickets for this year's IFOA, time is ticking as we are only weeks away from the big event. Be sure to visit, to check out our complete schedule of more than 60 events and to purchase tickets. And if you're looking to stay in town during IFOA, scroll down for a special offer from our partner the Westin Harbour Castle.

For those of you that have been waiting with bated breath for the PEN Canada Benefit participant to be announced, no need to wait any longer... Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford – author of the Bascombe trilogy: Independence Day, The Sportswriter, and The Lay of the Land – will make a rare appearance in Canada at IFOA (Oct. 20) in support of freedom of expression. For more info click here.

If you can't wait until IFOA, we have a couple of events up our sleeves to keep you busy this month: Bestseller and award-winner Stuart McLean (Oct. 6), and a screening of the Ron Mann film In the Wake of the Flood (Oct. 13) – based on Margaret Atwood's most recent book tour – co-presented with Planet in Focus.

P.S. There's even a chance to win tickets to one of Nightwood Theatre's upcoming productions of The List below.


Authors at Harbourfront Centre:
October 2010

Events begin at 7:30pm
York Quay Centre
Tickets $10 | FREE for members, youth & students with ID
(unless otherwise noted)

Box Office + Info | 416-973-4000 |

Wednesday, October 6

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A Conversation with Stuart McLean

Writer and host of the popular CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe, Stuart McLean has sold over 1.4 million books in Canada. McLean reads from and discusses his latest work, The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks, an eclectic collection of essays selected from his 15 years of radio-show archives.

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Wednesday, October 13, 7pm

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In the Wake of the Flood
A film by Ron Mann

Planet in Focus' (PIF) Opening Night screening of the Ron Mann film, In the Wake of the Flood – based on Margaret Atwood's 2009 book tour for The Year of the Flood. Mann will be attendance, along with Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson who will both be presented with the 2010 PIF Canadian Eco Hero Award.

Co-presented with
Planet in Focus.

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Tickets: $22

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International Festival of Authors
October 20 to 30, 2010

Bringing together the world’s best authors of contemporary literature for 11 days of events that celebrate the written word.

For a schedule of more than 60 events and to purchase tickets visit

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IFOA Ontario
October 21 to November 5, 2010

IFOA takes the show on the road! For the fourth year, IFOA Ontario, the Festival's touring programme, brings authors from IFOA’s roster to 14 Ontario locations.

To see if IFOA Ontario will stop in your town click here.

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Westin Harbour Castle

An Exclusive Offer from
The Westin Harbour Castle

Nurture the book lover in you with our International Festival of Authors Package. This exclusive offer includes:

  • Luxurious accommodations with breathtaking views of Lake Ontario
  • Breakfast for two in The Mizzen Restaurant
  • $20 gift card from Ben McNally Books
  • Rate of $199.00


Package is available October 20 to 30, 2010. One gift card per package.

To reserve today call 1-800-461-3333 and ask for the International Festival of Authors Package.


WIN tickets to Nightwood Theatre's The List

A woman invites us into her kitchen. Her neighbour is dead. Is she culpable for the death? The woman, who prides herself on never letting anything slip by, has overlooked an item on her list. A riveting tale of everyday to-do lists in which the essential and the ordinary are inextricably entwined.

Nightwood Theatre is giving away one pair of tickets to see The List on October 11. To enter please send an email to with "LIST TIX" in the subject line by October 6.

Nightwood Theatre in co-production with Canadian Stage
October 11 to November 6, 2010
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
26 Berkeley Street, Toronto

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