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MONTREAL, MARCH 25, 2002– Award-winning author Ian Halperin will return to his former high school as part of English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Library Week. He will be at LaurenHill Academy in Saint Laurent on Wednesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. to speak to students and answer questions.

Mr. Halperin graduated from the former Sir Winston Churchill High School in 1981. Churchill later merged with St. Laurent Junior High School to form LaurenHill. Mr. Halperin has covered the music and fashion industry for numerous major media networks throughout the world, including ABC, CBS, CBC, Court TV, Woman's Own, Ici Paris, the Toronto Sun and the New York Times. He is the author of five best-selling books, including Best CEOs, Who Killed Kurt Cobain and his most popular, Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Story, which ranked number 4 on - the highest ranking ever by a Canadian author. Mr. Halperin has worked for CBC and the Evening Standard as well as contributing regularly to the Toronto Globe & Mail, The Fifth Estate, CBS's "60 Minutes II" and the BBC.

As the former managing editor of Canadian Disk magazine, Mr. Halperin built an extensive network of contacts in the entertainment industry. He is also a former winner of the Rolling Stone Magazine Award for Investigative Journalism. Recently, Mr. Halperin has been written about in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Mojo, Time, The New Yorker, San Francisco Examiner, Elle and Woman's Own. He has appeared on NBC, ABC, VH1, Sally Jesse Raphael, Howard Stern, MuchMusic, Maury Povich, TSN, and MTV. Mr. Halperin is also a musician with two highly acclaimed CDs. A saxophone player-poet, Mr. Halperin has appeared at music festivals and clubs throughout North America and Europe. Several of his compositions have been licensed to TV and films.

EMSB Library Week runs from Monday March 25 to 29, with a number of activities at different schools. Our Lady of Pompei Elementary School (9944 St. Michel) in Ahuntsic, for instance, will be holding a Book Fair with the theme of "Caring for Literature." John F. Kennedy High School (3030 Villeray) in St. Michel has a school-wide library trivia contest planned.

Library Week is designed to showcase the essential role of libraries and librarians to students.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213