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Some places have harvest festivals in fall. Toronto has a more eclectic array.

At the International Festival of Authors, Wednesday to Nov. 2, famous authors speak and mingle with the public. Margaret Atwood, who will be there this year, says, "You get to see the body that's attached to the brain that's attached to the hand that wrote the words you wished you'd written." At Harbourfront Center, 410 Queens Quay West; call (416) 973-4000.

The Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival takes place Nov. 1 to 4 at the Automotive Building on the CNE grounds. It bills itself at the world's largest show of how-to demonstrations and exhibits of supplies for sewing, knitting, quilting, rug hooking, etc. Call (905) 709-0100.

The Royal Agricultural Fair runs Nov. 2 to 16, also on the CNE grounds. It features livestock judging, sheep dog trials, demonstrations of farming activities, etc.; call (416) 393-6400.

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