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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Markham Arts Council's second annual
International Festival of Authors
Tuesday October 23, 2012.

The City of Markham in partnership with the Markham Arts Council is pleased to present the second annual International Festival ofAuthors (IFOA Markham) Touring Event on Tuesday October 23, 2012, inside the beautiful Flato Markham Theatre.

Last year Markham’s first ever IFOA event presented four world renowned authors to a sold out audience for an evening of wine, world cuisine and literary readings along with an audience Q&A with TVO personality, Thom Ernst.

On Tuesday October 23, 2012, Mayor Frank Scarpitti will be hosting the “Mayor’s Hour: World and Wine Cuisine” reception, welcoming this year’s headlining author and past recipient of the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize–Dr. Vincent Lam, along with international world renowned authors: Marjorie Celona,  Ayesha Chatterjee and Chan Koonchung.

This year the Mayor’s Hour held in the lobby of FlatoMarkham Theatre will include authors meet-and-greet, an exciting visual arts exhibit and performances by award winning YorkSlam performers. The reception will be followed by Author Readings and Q & A.
Tickets for “The Mayor’s Hour: World and Wine Cuisine” are $65.00 (reception begins at 6pm)

Tickets for Author Readings and Q & A only are $18.00 (readings begin at 7:15pm)

Marjorie Celona
Marjorie Celona (Canada) was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. and lives in Cincinnati. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and recipient of the Ailene Barger Barnes Prize. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harvard Review, Glimmer Train and Crazyhorse. Celona’s debut novel, Y, tells the unforgettable story of a newborn baby dropped on a YMCA doorstep, and that of her mother, who is just a girl herself.

Ayesha Chatterjee
Born and raised in Kolkata, Ayesha Chatterjee (India) has lived in England, the USA and Germany, and currently resides in Toronto. Her work gained notice when one of her poems was shortlisted in the Guardian Unlimited Poetry Workshop in October 2004. Her poetry has appeared innthposition, Autumn Sky Poetry and BluSlate. In 2010, she read at the Poetry with Prakriti Festival in Chennai, India. Her first poetry collection,The Clarity of Distance, is a meditation on the complexity of existence and the search for moments of truth within it.

Chan Koonchung

Chan Koonchung (Canada/Hong Kong) is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter. Born in Shanghai and raised and educated in Hong Kong, he studied at the University of Hong Kong and Boston University. He has published more than a dozen Chinese-language books and in 1976 founded the magazine City, of which he was the chief editor and then publisher for 23 years. He has been a producer on more than 13 films. Banned in China, Koonchung’s politically charged novel The Fat Years tells the story of the search for an entire month erased from official Chinese history.

Vincent Lam

Physician and author Vincent Lam (Canada) is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam, and was born in Canada. He is a lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and has worked in international air evacuation and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships. Lam’s first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has recently been adapted for television and broadcast on HBO Canada. Lam’s  The Headmaster’s Wadger tells the story of Percival, a gambling, womanizing, corrupt headmaster at a prestigious English school in Saigon.

To purchase tickets, call the Markham Arts Council at 905-947-9054 or Flato Markham Theatre at 905-305-SHOW (7469)

Generally About Books is IFOA-Markham's community partner

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