PEN Canada 25th Anniversary: IFOA Gala with Roddy Doyle and Don McKellar

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Toronto-PEN Canada celebrates 25 years of
fighting for freedom of expression with a spirited encounter between Irish
writer Roddy Doyle and Canadian writer/actor Don McKellar. The gala - a
cocktail reception followed by an onstage conversation hosted by broadcaster
Evan Solomon - opens this year's International Festival of Authors (IFOA), on
Wednesday, October 22, 2008.
    Internationally celebrated, Booker Prize-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle
(Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and The Commitments) makes a rare appearance in
Canada, on stage for the very first time at the IFOA. He will appear in
conversation with Don McKellar, Tony Award-winning playwright (The Drowsy
Chaperone), actor (Slings and Arrows) and screenwriter (Thirty-Two Short Films
About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin, Blindness).
    The winner of PEN Canada's prestigious One Humanity Award will be
announced the same evening; details to be released on Monday, October 20.
    The gala is the annual PEN Canada benefit, celebrating 25 years for the
Canadian centre of International PEN, the writers' organization with 145
centres in 110 countries. The reception with Doyle, McKellar and other
celebrity guests is at 6:00 pm; the onstage conversation at 8:00 pm, at the
Fleck Dance Theatre, Queen's Quay West.

    Tickets are available now from the Harbourfront Box Office:
    For reception and onstage conversation: $125; please call: 416.973.4000
    For onstage conversation only: $35; call 416.973.4000 or purchase online:

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Sarah Elton, (416) 995-2002,

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