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Eleanor Catton to kick off Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Posted: 07/3/2014 2:48 PM | Comments: 0

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Ontario-born, New Zealand-raised author Eleanor Catton is photographed shortly after it was announced that she had won a $25,000 Governor General's Literary Award for her novel

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Ontario-born, New Zealand-raised author Eleanor Catton is photographed shortly after it was announced that she had won a $25,000 Governor General's Literary Award for her novel "The Luminaries'' at a ceremony in Toronto, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The accolade comes a month after she became the youngest author to win the Man Booker Prize.

Eleanor Catton, whose novel The Luminaries won the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, will kick off Thin Air 2014, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, on Sept. 19.

Catton was born in London, Ont., in 1985 and moved to New Zealand with her parents when she was six. She now lives in Auckland.

The Luminaries is her second novel, and at 28, Catton is the youngest winner in Man Booker Award’s history.

Thin Air 2014 teamed up with similar writers festivals in Ottawa, Montreal and Kingston, Ont., to bring Catton to Canada for a tour. Catton will give a reading followed by an on-stage conversation with Thin Air director Charlene Diehl, a release says.

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