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The Charles W. Stockey centre rang with the voices of four internationally renowned authors on Wednesday evening, as Patrick de Witt, Will Ferguson, Helen Humphreys and Madeleine Thien read from their most recent books. The performance hall was filled with enthusiastic readers who enjoyed an evening spent with these impassioned authors.

The evening was sponsored by Seguin Township, John Sallinen of Remax Real Estate, Dr. Robert Guthrie, Barb Kerr of Investors Group, Dr. Colin Shapiro, Canadore College, Distler Construction, Parry Sound Books, Roy Hardie & Kerrie Mutrie of GED Achievement, Dr Margaret & Dr. Chris Ibey, Dr. Dennis Stern, Dr. Brad Hunkin & Dr. Maureen Thompson, Dr. Dan and Dr. Kathleen Moquin, Scotiabank, The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, and The Town of Parry Sound. Some of the sponsors joined the local committee for dinner prior to the reading for an opportunity to meet the authors before the evening began.

Patrick deWitt was surprised to find that Judy Cameron of Pointe au Baril had a photograph of his mother to show him – Judy and Patrick’s mother were childhood friends who have recently re-connected.

Will Ferguson was greeted by a couple who were his host family when he worked for Canada World Youth.

Madeleine Thien lives in Berlin with author Rawi Hage who read from his first novel, DeNiro’s Game, here in 2006 at the  Stockey Centre. Madeleine passed along his greetings, saying she now understands why Rawi talks so often about his wonderful experience in Parry Sound!

Helen Humphreys. who has read at the Stockey Centre twice before, has many fans in Parry Sound who were happy to welcome her once again.

This was the fourth time Parry Sound has hosted the International Festival of Authors, and they plan to return about this time of year again in 2012. Both our spectacular landscape and the exceptional venue of the Charles W. Stockey Centre make Parry Sound a top stop on this Literary Festival road trip.

Waubgeshig Rice - Friday 21 OCTOBER 2011 7:30 pm

No matter how many times I proof read - sometimes the simplest thing goes unnoticed! In my recent mailing about fall events there was an error - the date of Waub Rice's reading is OCTOBER  as the enclosed card states (not September as in the cover letter). My apologies for the confusion! Friday 21 October  7:30 pm

Waubgeshig Rice will read from Midnight Sweatlodge – his first novel. Waub grew up in Parry Sound – some of us – or our kids – went to school with him. It is a pleasure to welcome him home to Parry Sound to introduce Midnight Sweatlodge to a hometown audience.



For Immediate Release


PARRY SOUND, August 24, 2009 ---- This year, the world renowned International Festival of Authors expands its touring programme, IFOA Ontario, to include festival events in Barrie, Don Mills, Midland, Orillia and Uxbridge, in addition to those already established in Burlington and Parry Sound. 


Says Geoffrey Taylor, Director of IFOA: “We are delighted to continue the expansion of IFOA programming in order to reach audiences throughout the province.”


Don’t miss IFOA Parry Sound on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:00pm at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts.  Presented in partnership with Parry Sound Books, this event features readings by Alan Bissett, John Brady, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden and Miriam ToewsCharlotte Stein of Parry Sound Books hosts.


Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Charles W. Stockey Centre Box Office at 705-746-4466 or Parry Sound Books at 705-746-7625.


Alan Bissett’s (Scotland/UK) acclaimed first novel, Boyracers – based on his adolescent experiences growing up in Falkirk, Scotland – was published while he was still a student. He is a former English teacher and has lectured in creative writing at the Universities of Leeds and Glasgow, and is now a full-time writer, playwright, and performer of his own work. Death of a Ladies’ Man, Bissett’s third novel, is a dark, funny and deliciously erotic portrait of male vanity, written with verve and emotional rawness. Alan Bissett appears at IFOA as part of Writing Scotland.


A native of Dublin, John Brady (Canada/Ireland) is the author of the Arthur Ellis Award-winning Inspector Matt Minogue series and the Dashiell Hammett Prize-shortlisted novel Islandbridge. He is currently working on a historical novel, The Burning Tower, which follows a family of exiles in Babylon, through the Inquisition to Ireland in 1938. Brady presents the latest installment in the Inspector Matt Minogue series, A Long Hard Look, a story that begins with the discovery of a missing person’s body near the sea just south of Dublin.


Diana Fitzgerald Bryden (Canada/UK) is the author of two books of poetry, Learning Russian, nominated for the pat Lowther Award, and Clinic Day. Her fiction and non-fiction has been nominated for numerous awards. Bryden presents her debut novel, No Place Strange, which follows the lives of four individuals – a young Jewish Canadian; Farid, a Lebanese man living in Greece; and Farid’s mother and cousin – affected by the actions of one beautiful Palestinian terrorist named Rafa Ahmed. A powerful story examining how ordinary people, politically motivated or not, react to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Miriam Toews (Canada) is the author of three previous novels – Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, and the Governor General’s Literary Award-winning A Complicated Kindness – and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. Toews presents her latest novel, The Flying Troutmans, winner of the 2008 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Following an SOS call from her niece, Hattie returns to Canada only to find her sister on her way to the psychiatric ward. The three set off on a wild road trip to find the kids’ long-lost father.


The 30th anniversary International Festival of Authors (IFOA) takes place in Toronto from October 21 to 31, 2009, with extended events throughout Ontario until November 3, 2009.  The IFOA brings together over 100 participants from 20 countries for 11 days of readings, talks, interviews, round table discussions and award presentations.  For more information visit


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Charlotte Stein:; 705-746-7625






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