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IFOA 2010

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IFOA PARRY SOUND

MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2010

7:30 pm at The Charles W. Stockey Centre in Parry Sound

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Sandra Birdsell (Canada) is the author of nine books, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award-nominated Children of the Day and Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated The Russländer. She was awarded the Marion Engel Award in 1993 and was recently appointed to the Order of Canada. Birdsell’s Waiting For Joe is a timely novel about the ‘new homeless’ – economic orphans of the current recessionary storm – and the rising tide of fundamentalist Christianity.

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Katherine Govier (Canada) is the award-winning author of eight previous novels and three short story collections, with a special interest in historical figures who are artists. She has been a visiting lecturer in both creative writing and magazine journalism at a number of post-secondary institutions and has been instrumental in establishing two innovative Canadian writing programmes. Focusing on the life of Hokusai’s daughter, Govier’s The Ghost Brush sheds light on issues surrounding authorship and masterworks and the tender and ambiguous love between father and daughter.

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Tom McCarthy (UK) is known in the art world for the reports, manifestos and media interventions he has made as general secretary of the International Necronautical Society, a semi-fictitious avant-garde network. He has written three novels as well as a work of literary criticism. McCarthy reads from his latest work, C. Taking place during the early years of the twentieth century, C follows a young man who eventually finds himself in a bizarre scene in an Egyptian catacomb where all of his paths and relationships converge.

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Andrea Levy (UK) is the author of four previous novels, including Small Island, an international bestseller and winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Whitbread Book of the Year and Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book. Levy’s latest novel, The Long Song – recently longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize – takes readers back to her family’s native island with the story of July, a slave on a Jamaican sugar plantation whose tumultuous life ends in blessed freedom.

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