Authors at Harbourfront Centre eNews | MAY 2012

May BURSTS with literary goodies!

Readings, interviews, a writing conference, and young readers' events round out the month of May at Authors at Harbourfront Centre. May 2 features a collection of non-fiction stories by Marianne Apostolides, a gripping memoir from Deni Y. Béchard, and Steven Heighton's latest collection of short stories. AUTHORS hosts two events as part of the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference featuring Will Ferguson on May 11 and Tim O'Brien on May 12. And to wrap things up, New York Times bestselling author Augusten Burroughs is interviewed on May 30.

We also welcome more than 8,000 young readers to the Harbourfront Centre site for the sixth annual Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ on May 15 and 16. This children's choice award programme, facilitated by the Ontario Library Association, features two full days of award ceremonies, readings, fun workshops, and author signings. Guests can also enjoy the AUTHORS-programmed ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers, with appearances by some of the world's top authors for young people.

Young readers in and around Ottawa and Thunder Bay will also have an opportunity to attend Festival of Trees™ events in their communities. The Ottawa Festival of Trees™ takes place May 17 and Thunder Bay Festival of Trees™ on May 18.

Upcoming events

June 11: Gloria Vanderbilt
June 13: Shree Ghatage, Grace O'Connell, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
June 21: Book Summit 2012


Authors at Harbourfront Centre

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

Box Office + Info | 416-973-4000 |


May 2 InfoWednesday, May 2

Marianne Apostolides, Voluptuous Pleasure
Deni Y. Béchard, Cures for Hunger
Steven Heighton, The Dead Are More Visible

Marianne Apostolides (Canada) takes you into brothels and bedrooms, kitchens and consciousness in Voluptuous Pleasure, a collection of non-fiction stories that push the limits of the genre.

Deni Y. Béchard (Canada) shares his latest work, Cures for Hunger, a gripping memoir of a young man looking for the truth about his father, unable to escape the sense that his father's life holds the key to understanding himself.

Steven Heighton's (Canada) latest collection of short stories, The Dead Are More Visible, encompasses wildly divergent themes of love and loss, containment and exclusion.


Friday, May 11 &
Saturday, May 12

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference

The conference includes engaging readings, academic papers, and keynote talks by national and international writers and creative writing teachers, researchers, and students, on all aspects of contemporary creative writing practice.

Presented by the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs in association with Authors at Harbourfront Centre.

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Events take place at 8pm.

Regular: $25
Members, students, youth: $20
Patrons: FREE

May 11: Will Ferguson in conversation with Priscila Uppal

May 12: Tim O'Brien in conversation with Joseph Kertes


April 25 InfoTuesday, May 15 &
Wednesday, May 16

Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ with ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers

Heading into its sixth year, AUTHORS welcomes back the Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, Canada's largest children's literary event celebrating the shared experience of reading. Attended by over 8,000 readers from across the province, attendees take part in two full days of award ceremonies, fun workshops, book signings, and ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers.

Presented in partnership with
Ontario Library Association

Note: ALOUD admission is included in the Forest of Reading® ticket price. Individual ALOUD tickets may be purchased by phone at 416-973-4760.


May 30 InfoWednesday, May 30

Augusten Burroughs, This is How

Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author of A Wolf At The Table, Sellevision, and Running with Scissors among others, reads from and discusses his latest work, This is How , a no-holds-barred book of advice on how to survive the un-survivable.


May 30 InfoWIN TICKETS to May 30
Augusten Burroughs

To win a pair of tickets to this event, answer the following question:

Which Augusten Burroughs novel was most recently made into a feature film?
a) Magical Thinking
b) Running with Scissors
c) Dry
d) Sellevision

Send your answer to by midnight on May 3. Please write "MAY30 TIX" in the subject line. Two winners will be notified by May 7.

Augusten Burroughs photo © Christopher Schelling



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– Free admission to regular weekly events

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