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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS October 21-31, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

October 31, 2009

IFOA XXX is having a Highland fling! Including McArthur and Company authors Ian Rankin, Alan Bissett, Margaret Elphinstone, Murray Grigor, Quintin Jardine, Jean McNeil, and Denise Mina.

AUTHOR APPEARANCES   

Ian Rankin, THE COMPLAINTS

Tuesday, October 27, 8PM:  Reading hosted by Ian Rankin at Fleck Theatre

Wednesday, October 28, 8PM:  Reading at Fleck Theatre

Ian Rankin is the internationally bestselling crime author of the Inspector Rebus Series, from which books have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has received multiple accolades including four Dagger Awards, the Chandler-Fulbright Award, the Edgar Award, multiple honorary degrees and the Order of the British Empire for services to literature. Rankin presents his major post-Rebus novel, The Complaints, an inquiry into personal morality, private vice, friendship, and the state of a nation.

Alan Bissett, DEATH OF A LADIES MAN

Saturday, October 31, 4PM:  Writing Scotland at Fleck Theatre

Sunday, November 1, 2PM:  Reading at Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, Parry Sound.

Alan Bissett was born and raised in Falkirk and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He is the author of the novels Boyracers (Polygon, 2001), The Incredible Adam Spark (Headline, 2005), and Death of a Ladies’ Man (Hachette, July 2009).

John Brady, THE GOING RATE, A Matt Minogue Mystery

Wednesday, October 28, 8PM: Reading at Fleck Theatre

Saturday, October 31, 3PM:  Reading at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Don Mills.

Sunday, November 1, 2PM:  Reading at Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, Parry Sound, Box office 705-746-4466.

John Brady is the author of nine Matt Minogue novels. Born in Dublin, Brady frequently revisits Ireland, particularly Minogue’s birthpace, County Clare. He lives north of Toronto with his wife and family.

Barry Callaghan, BESIDE STILL WATERS

Tuesday, October 27, 8PM:  Reading at Studio Theatre

Tuesday, November 3, 8PM: Reading at Orillia Opera House Green Room. Tickets at Orillia Public Library, 705-325-2338.

Novelist, poet and publisher Barry Callaghan is one of Canada’s most well-known men of letters. He was awarded the inaugural W.O. Mitchell Award in 1998, has received more than a dozen Canadian National Magazine awards, and has been honoured with the Pushcart Prize in the US. He is now Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Scholar at York University in Toronto, where he was a professor of contemporary literature for 35 years. Callaghan presents Beside Still Waters, a passionate love story with its roots in Toronto and its resolution in the heart of contemporary Africa.

Anne DeGrace, SOUNDING LINE

Friday, October 30, 8PM:  Round Table with Moderator Susan G. Cole at Lakeside Terrace

Saturday, October 31, 1PM:  Reading at Studio Theatre

Anne DeGrace is a librarian, journalist, writer, illustrator, volunteer and multi-tasker. Her stories have appeared in the New Quarterly, Room of One’s Own and Wascana Review. Her previous novels include Treading Water (2005) and Wind Tails (2007). For Sounding Line, DeGrace travelled across the country to her roots in Nova Scotia , where the fog is thick but the people are warm, to recreate in novel form the story of Canada’s most significant UFO incident – sometimes referred to as “Canada’s Roswell.”

Margaret Elphinstone, THE GATHERING NIGHT

Saturday, October 31, 4PM:  Writing Scotland at Fleck Dance Theatre

Tuesday, October 27, 7:30PM: Reading at St. Luke’s Parish Hall, Burlington.

Margaret Elphinstone is the author of seven previous novels as well as poetry and short stories. She is an Emeritus Professor of Strathclyde University where she was a member of the English Studies Department from 1990 to 2008. Apart from spells of academic work in the US, she has spent her working life in various parts of Scotland including Shetland, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Moray, and has now resettled in Galloway. Elphinstone presents The Gathering Night, a novel set among Mesolithic hunter-gatherers who lived in what is now Scotland some 8,000 years ago.

Murray Grigor, BEING A SCOT (with Sean Connery)

Saturday, October 24, 1PM: Writing Scotland’s Past at Lakeside Terrace

Murray Grigor is a writer, filmmaker and exhibition curator, whose work has received numerous awards. He was the first filmmaker to win a Citation of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects and was the first recipient of the Royal Television Society Reith Award for “consistent and innovative effort in television.” Grigor is co-writer of Sean Connery: Being a Scot, “a detailed, fascinating and beautifully designed study of Scottish culture and identity” (Sunday Times, UK).

Quintin Jardine, FATAL LAST WORDS

Sunday, October 25, 3PM:  Reading at Lakeside Terrace

Quintin Jardine is the author of two much-acclaimed and bestselling detective series – the Edinburgh-set Bob Skinner Series and the Oz Blackstone Series – 29 novels in all. Prior to his career as a writer, he worked as a journalist, government information officer, political spin-doctor and media relations consultant. Jardine’s lastest installment in the Bob Skinner Series, Fatal Last Words, finds Skinner on the edge of a career-defining moment; his fiancée, Scotland’s First Minister Aileen de Marco, facing a political crisis; and a famous figure from another field dead.

Valerio Massimo Manfredi, THE IDES OF MARCH

Sunday, October 25, 2PM:  Round Table at Studio Theatre

Tuesday, October 27, 8PM:  Reading at Studio Theatre

Valerio Massimo Manfredi is professor of classical archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. He has published ten works of fiction, including the Alexander trilogy, which has been translated into 24 languages in 38 countries. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world as well as screenplays for cinema and television. Manfredi’s political thriller The Ides of March is a gripping tale of ancient Rome that chronicles the intrigue and action surrounding one of the most crucial turning points in the history of western civilization.

Jean McNeil, THE ICE LOVERS

Sunday, October 25, 2PM:  Round Table at Studio Theatre

Friday, October 30, 8PM:  Reading at Lakeside Terrace

Jean McNeil, author of the Governor General’s Literary Award-nominated novel Private View, is originally from Nova Scotia but has lived in London, England since 1991. In 2005–06 she travelled to Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey/Arts Council of England International Fellow to Antarctica, and has since been writer-in-residence in the Falkland Islands and on a scientific expedition to Greenland. She is currently a Fellow at Cambridge University and teaches at the University of East Anglia. McNeil’s The Ice Lovers reveals the terrible consequences of unrequited love through an expedition to the slowly disintegrating Antarctic in the year 2016.

Denise Mina, STILL MIDNIGHT

Saturday, October 24, 1PM:  Writing Scotland at Lakeside Terrace

Tuesday, October 27, 8PM:  Reading at Fleck Theatre

Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. She studied law at Glasgow University and later went on to research a Ph.D thesis at Strathclyde University. Mina is the author of seven previous novels, including the John Creasy Dagger award-winning Garnethill, and numerous other short stories, plays and comics. Ian Rankin has named her as “one of the most exciting writers to have emerged in Britain for years.” Still Midnight, Mina’s latest thriller, begins with a brutal and mysterious kidnapping of an innocent old man.

James W. Nichol, DEATH SPIRAL

Tuesday, October 27, 8PM:  Round Table with Moderator Martin Levin at Lakeside Terrace

Saturday, October 31, 4PM:  Reading at Lakeside Terrace

James W. Nichol is a playwright and the author of two previous novels – the Arthur Ellis Award-winning Midnight Cab and Transgression. Nichol presents Death Spiral, a complex, multi-layered thriller that opens with a hero’s welcome for a celebrated Canadian Spitfire fighter pilot during WWII, who miraculously survived terrible injuries.

Kate Pullinger, THE MISTRESS OF NOTHING

**Shortlisted for the GG Fiction Award and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2009

Monday, October 26, 8PM: Governor General’s Literary Award readings

Thursday, October 29, 8PM:  Reading at the Brigantine Room

Saturday, October 31, 3PM:  Reading at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Don Mills.

Novelist Kate Pullinger works both in print and new media. Her most recent print works include The Mistress of Nothing, A Little Stranger, Weird Sister, and the short story collection My Life as a Girl in a Men’s Prison. Her digital fiction projects include her multiple award-winning collaboration with Chris Joseph, “Inanimate Alice.” Pullinger resides in the UK where she is a Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University. The Mistress of Nothing, set in Victorian London and Egypt, chronicles the great divide that existed between classes and how status transcended well beyond country borders.


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