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Atwood, Hornby, and Ellroy kick off 36th season of Authors at Harbourfront

In advance of the 30th anniversary of the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors (IFOA XXX) this October, Authors at Harbourfront has announced the first group of events for the fall season, featuring on-stage interviews, readings, and other special events.

Highlights of the first half of the season include:

  • Nick Hornby (Sept. 13): The best-selling British author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and others, will read from his new book, Juliet, Naked, and be interviewed by author and Globe and Mail editor Carl Wilson.
  • Stephen Finucan, Victor Lodato, and Damian Tarnopolsky (Sept. 23): Three debut novelists will take the stage to read from their new works. Finucan will read from The Fallen, Lodato from Mathilda Savitch, and Tarnopolsky from Goya’s Dog.
  • Margaret Atwood (Sept. 24, Cathedral Church of St. James): In a special off-site event, Atwood will perform a dramatic reading of her new novel The Year of the Flood. The author will be accompanied by a choir singing hymns written by Atwood for the performance.
  • Tess Callahan, Liz Jensen, and Lorrie Moore (Sept. 30): A trio of female writers will read from their new books. Callahan will read from her debut novel April Oliver, Jensen from her latest book, The Rapture, and Moore will read from her first novel in more than a decade, A Gate at the Stairs.
  • James Ellroy (Oct. 5): The author of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia will read from his first novel in eight years, Blood’s a Rover, and will be interviewed by film critic Richard Crouse.

Also included in the first half of the Authors at Harbourfront season is the previously announced 30th birthday party for indie bookshop This Ain’t the Rosedale Library, which will be held on Sept. 16.