It’s not easy to compete with the buzz around the Toronto International Film Festival in the week before its opening, so in a press release headlined: “Not to be outdone by a certain ‘other’ festival, IFOA announces own star-studded line-up,” the International Readings at Harbourfront Centre released the names of almost 100 writers who will be part of the International Festival of Authors in Toronto from October 18-28th.
Some of this year’s biggest stars will include 2006 Man Booker Prize longlist nominees Kiran Desai, Jon McGregor, Claire Messud, James Robertson, and Sarah Waters; 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize winner Kate Grenville; and 2006 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction winner J.B. MacKinnon. “Also sure to leave an impression on IFOA audiences this fall are a slew of the world’s best crime and mystery writers, including Michael Connelly (Echo Park); Michael Cox (The Meaning of Night); Åsa Larsson (Sun Storm); Louise Welsh (The Bullet Trick); and Andrew Taylor (A Stain on Silence),” the release promises.
It will, of course, be much easier for the literary stars to get press as soon as J. Lo. and Brad Pitt leave town. Unless they leave town together….