Harlequin Celebrates Its 60th Birthday by Giving Away Free Downloadable Books

    Harlequin Offers 16 Free Downloadable Books to Every Woman in America

    NEW YORK, and TORONTO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlequin Enterprises is
celebrating its 60th birthday by offering free downloadable books to everybody
in America.  As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the women's fiction
publisher is inverting the tradition of receiving gifts on one's birthday by
offering 16 free of its titles free of charge.

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    The 16 titles, written by some of Harlequin's top-selling and most
popular authors, are available for digital download throughout 2009 at
www.Harlequincelebrates.com.  The total approximate retail value of the free
books is $60.00.

    In addition to giving away free books, Harlequin will be celebrating 60
years of pure reading pleasure through a number of events and commemorative

    In May, Harlequin hosts an exhibition of original cover art entitled The
Heart of a Woman: Harlequin Cover Art 1949-2009, which includes some pieces
that have not been seen in close to 60 years.  Opening at the Openhouse
Gallery in New York City on May 29, 2009, the display will feature more than a
hundred original works of art and will include cover art from Harlequin's
beginnings in 1949 to the present day. The exhibition offers a unique insight
into the profound changes that have occurred in women's lives over the past
six decades--changes that have been captured and reflected on the front of
Harlequin novels--from shifts in private desires to shifts in the politics of

    The romance publishing giant will also be highlighting some of its most
popular series in retail stores across the country in 2009. In March, June and
September the Harlequin Famous Firsts Collection reissues some of the first
books ever written for Harlequin by some of today's New York Times bestselling
authors.  Every month in 2009 the Series Spotlight program will highlight a
different series from the wide variety of stories, authors, classic themes and
returning families for which Harlequin readers clamor.  Harlequin will also be
presenting appearances by more than 70 New York Times and USA TODAY
bestselling authors over its series all year long.

    Harlequin was founded by Richard Bonnycastle in Winnipeg, Canada, in
1949. In the early years, the small firm published a wide variety of American
and British paperbacks--from mysteries and Westerns to classics and cookbooks.
Harlequin began publishing romance fiction in 1957.  By 1964, Harlequin was
publishing romances exclusively.  The publisher is, today, synonymous with
romance fiction.

    Harlequin is also a leading digital publisher and the first major house
to make its entire frontlist available in eBook simultaneously with print. 
Harlequin titles are frequent residents on eBook bestseller lists.

    More information on Harlequin's 60th Anniversary and Harlequin's goal of
giving a free romance novel to every woman in America can be found at

    About Harlequin Enterprises Limited
    Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and
one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued
worldwide in 26 languages and sold in 109 international markets. The company
releases 120 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300 authors from around
the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TS.nv.b). Harlequin's Web site is located at www.eHarlequin.com.
Harlequin has offices in 17 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York
and London. For more information please visit www.eHarlequin.com or


For further information:

For further information: Marleah Stout, Senior Manager, Public Relations
of Harlequin Enterprises Limited, +1-416-391-7009, marleah_stout@harlequin.ca 
Web Site: http://www.Harlequincelebrates.com

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