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Reading, 8 p.m.: Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalists. You may have plenty of chances to see any of these authors read over the course of the festival, but when will you again get to see siblings read together? Kathleen Winter ( Annabel) and Michael Winter ( The Death of Donna Whalen) read with fellow nominees Trevor Cole ( Practical Jean), Emma Donoghue ( Room) and Michael Helm ( Cities of Refuge). The always-dapper Andrew Pyper ( The Killing Circle) will host.

Interview, 8 p.m.: Author, SPACE producer, and interviewer-extraordinaire Mark Askwith talks with William Gibson (Zero History) and David Mitchell (The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet).

Need more encouragement? Here's Mark Askwith on William Gibson: "Bill's genius is that he feels the zeitgeist, and he sees the present very, very clearly. He's able to communicate his observations in a visceral, poetic way, for example 'The future is here. It's just not evenly distributed yet.'"

Not in Toronto? This year, IFOA travels to cities throughout Ontario, such as Milton where award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Camilla Gibb ( The Beauty of Humanity Movement), Paul Harding ( Tinkers) and Priscila Uppal ( Traumatology) participate in a round-table discussion held at Indigo Books and Music in Milton at 7 p.m. This event is freeE! (I'd like extra points for using the bookseller-friendly terms "award-winning" and "critically acclaimed," but they'll agree, neither is necessary. Just buy the books. You'll love 'em!)

All event listings for this year's festival can be found at www.readings.org. Visit for all times, locations and ticket information.

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