Monday, April 2, 2012

Authors at Harbourfront Centre: April 2012 (Canada)

Authors at Harbourfront Centre eNews | APRIL 2012

Spring into April with AUTHORS!

This month's readings begin April 11 with a collection of short stories by Heather Birrell, a powerful and emotional post-WWI story from John Boyne, and Yejide Kilanko's tale of a young woman growing up in Nigeria; the inaugural Human Rights Watch Book Series event on April 18 featuring Minky Worden and Erna Paris; and on April 25 readings by Sadie Jones who shares her story of an eccentric family, Owen Laukkanen who presents his debut thriller, and Liza Marklund who reads from the latest in the Annika Bengtzon series.

To top things off, as National Poetry month gets underway, we would like to congratulate Sandra Ridley who took the title at this year's Poetry NOW : 4th annual Battle of the Bards. As winner of the event, which took place March 28 in partnership with NOW Magazine, Ridley will appear at the 33rd International Festival of Authors and will have an ad for her latest book, Post-Apothecary placed in NOW.

Upcoming events

May 2:Deni Y. B├ęchard, Steven Heighton
May 11: 
May 12: 
May 15 & 16: 
May 16: Farley Mowat
May 30: Augusten Burroughs


Authors at Harbourfront Centre

Events begin at 7:30pm
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April 11 InfoWednesday, April 11

Heather Birrell, Mad Hope
John Boyne, The Absolutist
Yejide Kilanko, Daughters Who Walk This Path

Heather Birrell's (Canada) latest collection of short stories, Mad Hope, explores a broad spectrum of topics from motherhood to political history and personal introspection as the characters lead us into worlds both recognizable and alarming.

John Boyne (Ireland) shares his latest novel, The Absolutist, about a young man who returns from the Great War to deliver letters to the sister of a soldier who was shot as a traitor during the War.

Debut novelist Yejide Kilanko (Canada/Nigeria) presents Daughters Who Walk This Path, about a young girl growing up in politically charged, often violent Nigeria as she learns to protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence many women in her family share.


April 18 InfoWednesday, April 18

Human Rights Watch Book Series

The inaugural Human Rights Watch Book Series presents The Unfinished Revolution, a collection of essays by writers from around the world – including Nobel Prize winners, leading activists, and former victims – which tells the story of the ongoing global struggle to secure basic rights for women and girls worldwide.

Featuring a conversation about women's rights in the world today with Minky Worden, Editor and Director of Global Initiatives at Human Rights Watch, and Erna Paris, author of the acclaimed Long Shadows: Truth, Lies, and History.

Tickets: $10/FREE for members, students, youth 25 & under

Special (includes event, reception, and book): $50/$40 patrons, members, students, youth 25 & under

Reception begins at 6:15pm and regular reading begins at 7:30pm.

Learn more about The Unfinished Revolution here.


April 25 InfoWednesday, April 25

Sadie Jones, The Uninvited Guests
Owen Laukkanen, The Professionals
Liza Marklund, Vanished

Sadie Jones' (UK) latest novel, The Uninvited Guests, takes place in rural England after the turn of the last century. The story follows a day in the life of an eccentric family when people from the past come back to haunt them.

Owen Laukkanen (Canada) shares his debut thriller, The Professionals, the first in a series featuring Agents Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere. In this instalment, state trooper Stevens enlists FBI agent Windermere to investigate Arthur Pender, who's had a long kidnapping career making low-ransom scores at high volumes.

Liza Marklund's (Sweden) latest book in the Annika Bengtzon series, Vanished, sees five murders in one week, a smuggling operation gone wrong, and a crime reporter desperate to find the truth.


April 11 InfoWIN TICKETS to April 11
Heather Birrell, John Boyne, Yejide Kilanko

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

What is the name of Heather Birrell's first short story collection?

Send your answer to by midnight on April 3. Please write "APR11 TIX" in the subject line. Two winners will be notified by April 5.



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