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Harold Pinter Added to IFOA Lineup

TORONTO, October 1, 2001 -- The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) taking place October 17 to 27 at Harbourfront Centre, has added new events and participants to an already stellar lineup.

Harold Pinter will participate in an onstage interview event with the artistic director of the Shaw Festival, Christopher Newton, on Thursday, October 18, at 5 p.m.

British playwright Harold Pinter dubbed "the greatest living contemporary playwright" by none other than Tennessee Williams, first engaged his lifelong passion for the theatre as an actor on the English stage. He began to build a reputation as a daring and innovative playwright with his breakthrough work The Homecoming (1964), a huge success not only in London but in New York, where it won both a Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. The originality of his terse dialogue and themes of erotic fantasy, family conflict and mental disturbance caused a new dramatic term, "Pinteresque," to become part of common parlance. Pinter, as David Hare has written, "did what Auden said a poet should do. He cleaned the gutters of the English language, so that it ever afterwards flowed more easily and more cleanly."

Harold Pinter's onstage dialogue will take place on Thursday, October 18, at 5 p.m. in the Premiere Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West. The IFOA's onstage interview events cost $18 ($12 for HRS members). For tickets call 416-973-4000. For more information about the complete IFOA lineup call 416-973-3000 or visit

This event is presented in cooperation with Harbourfront Centre's World Leaders: A Festival of Creative Genius Presented by American Express, which is honouring Harold Pinter in a series of Special Events, including films, performances, and lectures, as well as an evening of tribute to the playwright on Wednesday, October 17. For complete details and schedule visit

The IFOA also proudly announces that the following Canadians will join the Festival as onstage interviewers.

Tom Fulton is a radio broadcaster and morning show host on 740 AM. He will interview Margaret Atwood.

Peter Kavanagh is a producer and contributor to CBC Radio One's This Morning. He will interview Rudy Wiebe.

Marsha Lederman is a newscaster on CBC Radio One's Ontario Morning, a published writer and a freelance journalist. She will interview Andrea Goldsmith.

Philip Marchand is the author of the crime novel Deadly Spirits and the books columnist for the Toronto Star. He will interview Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Shelagh Rogers is the host of CBC Radio One's This Morning. She will interview Robert Kroetsch.

Fraser Sutherland is a writer, editor and a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. He will interview David Wevill.

Susan Swan is the author of Stupid Boys Are Good to Relax With and a professor at York University in Toronto. She will interview Jim Crace.

Michael Szonyi is a Rhodes Scholar with a Ph.D. from Oxford University, specializing in late imperial and modern Chinese history. He will interview Lian Yang.

Eric Wright is the author of the Toronto-based Charlie Salter mysteries. He will interview Jamyang Norbu.

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