Authors at Harbourfront Centre

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 @ 19:30
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

In this literary Shift event, Dutch authors Lieve Joris, Anja Sicking, Lucette ter Borg, and Tommy Wieringa, share ideas, explore new writing, and spark discussion of larger issues in literature with Globe and Mail Books Editor Martin Levin.


Authors at Harbourfront Centre LogoThe world renowned Authors at Harbourfront Centre programme is home to a weekly reading series (September to June), the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October) and, for younger readers, YoungIFOA (October), ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (May) and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May).

Established in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre's mandate is to present the world's most important and influential authors and distinctive new writers, Canadian and international, in a forum that celebrates books and writing. The programme provides Canadian authors with an internationally recognized platform on which to present their work, and fosters an awareness in its audiences of the variety and richness of writing from Canada and around the world. Since programming began, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has presented more than 5,000 authors, including 15 Nobel Laureates and countless other prize winners, on its stages.

In 1980, the fledgling IFOA became the first international literary festival in North America. At that time it presented 18 poets over 6 days. Twenty-nine years later, IFOA continues to grow. In 2008 the festival included nearly 70 public events, featuring writers of fiction, non-fiction, travel writing, poetry, graphic novels, and books for younger readers in a series of readings, interviews, and panel discussions.

Annual special events include readings by the authors shortlisted for the three major Canadian fiction awards, the awarding of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, and a gala benefit to support of PEN Canada.

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Photo of Lieve JorisLieve Joris (The Netherlands), who was born in Belgium, is one of Europe's leading travel writers. She has written an award-winning book on Hungary, De melancholieke revolutie, and has published widely acclaimed reports of her journeys in the Middle East and Africa, notably the Congo. Her books about the Middle East include De Golf and De poorten van Damascus, and her books about the Congo include Back to the Congo, Dans van de luipaard, and The Rebels' Hour. The account of her travels through Senegal, Mauretania and Mali, Mali Blues, gained Joris the 1999 Belgian Triennial Award for Flemish Prose and the French Prix de l'Astrolabe.

Photo of Lucette Ter BorgLucette Ter Borg (The Nethelands) studied Slavic languages and historical pedagogy at the University of Amsterdam. She works as an art critic for NRC Handelsblad and Hollands Diep, and is the editor of One Minute World: Video and Literature, a collection of short stories and poems by international writers. Her debut novel, published in English as The Gift from Berlin, is the story of a widower from Bohemia who moves to Canada and finds himself overwhelmed by troubling reminiscences from WWII.

Photo of Anja SickingAnja Sicking (The Netherlands) is the author of The Keurisquartet, her awarding winning debut, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award-nominated novel The Silent Sin, which has been translated into both German and English. She has also taken part in several literary festivals, including the PEN World Voices in New York, the Young Writers Festival in Seoul, and most recently the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Sicking lives in Amsterdam with her family and is currently finishing her third novel, the story a group of students in The Hague in the 1970s, to be published in Dutch in April 2009.

Photo of Tommy WieringaTommy Wieringa (The Netherlands) is a columnist for De Pers and Hollands Diep, and the author of numerous journal articles and essays that have appeared in the de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad. Dormantique's manco, a compilation of his research on the origin of desire and the major role of pornography in the modern world, was published in 2007. Wieringa has published two novels, Alles orer Tristan, and Joe Speedboat, the first to be translated into English. Joe Speedboat is the dazzling tale of a handicapped boy which drew comparisons to John Irving and Paul Auster when published in The Netherlands.