On Sale – Opening Night at the IFOA with Rohinton Mistry

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Words and Music: An Evening with Rohinton Mistry

Celebrated by most, censored by a few, Rohinton Mistry draws all eyes with each in frequent and memorable public appearance. His work has won countless accolades, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. A Fine Balance, considered by many to be the greatest novel written by a Canadian, became the first Canadian novel to be selected by Oprah Winfrey for her legendary bookclub. Most recently, Mistry was awarded the 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, second only to the Nobel among international laurels.

A rare chance to meet a literary icon, and support the essential work of PEN Canada. The 2012 PEN Gala promises an innovative evening of performance, conversation, and music to mark the opening of the prestigious International Festival of Authors.

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Thursday, October 18, 8pm
Habourfront Centre, Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West


Rohinton Mistry is the recipient of the 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, marking him as one of the most important contemporary writers in the English language. He is the author of three novels: Such a Long Journey, A Fine Balance and Family Matters, all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and a collection of short stories, Tales from Firozsha Baag. His fiction has won, among other awards, the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His work has been published in more than 30 languages.

Eleanor Wachtel (interviewer) is the host of CBC Radio One’s Writers & Company, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and won the New York Festival Award. She also hosts Wachtel on the Arts. Her latest book is Random Illuminations: Conversations With Carol Shields. Wachtel has received many honours for her contributions to Canadian cultural life, including eight honorary degrees and the Order of Canada.

Charlie Foran (host) is the current president of PEN Canada. He is the author of 10 books, including the Charles Taylor Prize-winning book, Mordecai, a biography of Mordecai Richler, and the novels Carolan’s Farewell and House on Fire.


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