IFOA, Toronto’s Festival of Words & Ideas is coming up October 19th to the 29th. Find all the events scheduled for these eleven days below. We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!
Art and Politics in the Age of Resistance
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 7:00 PM, Fleck Dance Theatre
Join award winning author André Alexis on our opening night as he discusses art and politics in the age of resistance with Kia Corthron and Eileen Myles.
Toronto Poetry Slam featuring Dean Atta & Deanna Rodger @ IFOA
Friday, October 20, 2017 – 7:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Toronto Poetry Project is partnering with the International Festival of Authors and the British Council in Canada to launch the Festival’s first Poetry Slam! Like Toronto Poetry Project’s usual events at the Drake Hotel, anyone can perform on the mic in the two-round slam. This high-energy poetry concert will showcase some of the city’s most engaging spoken word artists, entertain and enlighten the audience. Featuring Deanna Rodgers and Dean Atta from London (UK). Hosted by David Silverberg, the artistic director, founder and frequent host of Toronto Poetry Slam.
Glorious and Free? Canada in 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017 – 8:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Jesse Wente, Desmond Cole, Rachel Giese and moderator Jesse Brown join PEN Canada and the authors of Glorious and Free: The Canadians for a panel discussion asking: just how glorious and free are we?
Kobzar @ IFOA
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 11:00 AM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
The Kobzar Literary $25,000 Biennial Award, offered by the Shevchenko Foundation, recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts by authors who develop a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit in one of several genres: literary nonfiction, fiction, poetry, young readers’ literature, plays, screenplays and musicals. Join the finalists for readings from their nominated works. Hosted by Joseph Kertes.
The Creative Genius of Tom Thomson
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 12:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
David Silcox, art historian and cultural administrator, will present the story and work of Tom Thomson. He will explain how Thomson’s greatest legacy is The Group of Seven, what his innovations were, how his bipolar behaviour was described by friends, and how he was moving inexorably toward abstraction in the year before he died. Hosted by Lewis DeSoto.
Ode to Poetry
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 1:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Lead Ontario poets, Roo Borson, Anne Michaels and Stuart Ross, discuss process, inspiration and the state of poetry today with Steven Beattie. Do not miss the opportunity to hear them read from their latest collections. Hosted by Lesley Fletcher.
In Conversation: Chantel Acevedo & Amanda Earl
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 2:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
What does it take to change one’s life? What price is one willing to pay? Chantel Acevedo and Amanda Earl discuss the stories of resilient and free-spirited women with Susan G. Cole. Hosted by Alexandra Grigorescu.
Twists & Turns: The Art of Thriller Writing
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 2:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre, the UK’s leading crime and thriller writers, sit down with Joy Fielding to discuss the art of their trade. Join them as they present their murderous and evil recipes for writing a successful story: suspense, fear, plot twists and turns. Hosted by Canisia Lubrin.
Poetic New Worlds
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 4:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Spend an afternoon with poetry and discover new worlds. Enjoy readings by Roo Borson, Mireia Calafell, Amanda Earl, David Goldstein, Jennifer LoveGrove, John Nyman, Nicholas Power, Stuart Ross and Dane Swan. This event will feature 2016 CBC Poetry Prize winner Michael Fraser. Hosted by Phoebe Wang.
Toronto Lit Up Launch of Launches
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 5:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Celebrate with the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA the first year of the Toronto Lit Up programme. Meet authors Diana Biacora, David Bradford, Claire Cameron, Domenico Capilongo, Nicole Chin, Dalton Derkson, Jane Farrow, Maureen FitzGerald, Joanna Goodman, Barbara Gowdy, Catherine Graham, Laurie D. Graham, Irene Guilford, Doyali Islam, Ian Kamau, R. Kolewe, Kateri Lanthier, Deb Loughead, Jennifer LoveGrove, Canisia Lubrin, Pasha Malla, Tim McCaskell, Sofia Mostaghimi, Mary Jennifer Payne, Rahim Thawer, Catriona Wright and many more at this free reception!
Mystery: Quest for the Truth
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Detective Louise Rick meets Inspector Alan Banks. The New York Times editor, Dan Wakin, interviews crime writers Sara Blaedel and Peter Robinson. Hosted by James Grainger.
Come Rhyme with Me
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7:00 PM, Main Loft, Harbourfront Centre
Enjoy a night of rhyming and rice and peas with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger alongside a menu of performers chosen for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you. For all lingual lovers, slammers, singers and rappers, this spoken word explosion is presented as a dining experience – with a set menu of performers. The evening will have an open mic at the start and a distinctly relaxed Caribbean feel with a delicious meal.
In Conversation with Roddy Doyle
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7:00 PM, Fleck Dance Theatre
Toronto Star‘s editor Deborah Dundas interviews Man Booker Prize winner and distinguished author Roddy Doyle about his new novel Smile. With his sharp humor and dialogue, Doyle explores memory, trauma and our connection to the past.
The Basement Revue @ IFOA
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 8:30 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Founded by songwriter Jason Collett on a snowy night in December at the Dakota Tavern, the Basement Revue has been a showcase and incubator for Canadian music and literature for more than 10 years and has featured performances by many of Canada’s leading musicians and writers including A Tribe Called Red, Gord Downie, Naomi Klein, Broken Social Scene, Tanya Tagaq, Leanne Simpson and many more. Co-curated and co-hosted by the writer Damian Rogers, the program and participants are kept secret until the performance begins.
Cary Fagan & the Koffler Vine Awards @ IFOA
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 11:00 AM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
The Koffler Centre of the Arts is proud to announce a significant literary award in Canada – the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature. This year’s awards presented prizes of $10,000 for the best writing in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s/Young Adult, and History. This year’s shortlist included 13 titles and our jury included nationally acclaimed writers Bob Bossin, Ami Sands Brodoff, and Cary Fagan. In this roundtable, join Cary Fagan in conversation with Eric Beck Rubin and Danila Botha, about their shortlisted books, School of Velocity and For All of the Men (And Some of the Women I Know). Hosted by Mary Anderson.
In Conversation: Seth & Adrian Tomine
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 11:00 AM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Join Seth and Adrian Tomine as they talk about cartooning using the backdrop of their own practice and experience.
Poetry & Process
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 12:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Poets Ronna Bloom, Julie Cameron Gray and Anne Michaels talk about their creative process and the themes that inspire and inform their work with Meaghan Strimas. Hosted by Sanchari Sur.
Dissecting the Villain
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 1:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
What characterizes the villain? Thriller writers, Sarah Blaedel, Chris Brookmyre, Nick Cutter and Andrew Pyper, discuss their process creating their antiheroes with Andy McGuire. Hosted by Canisia Lubrin.
In Conversation: Antanas Sileika & Drew Hayden Taylor
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 2:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Antanas Sileika, author of The Barefoot Bingo Caller, and Drew Hayden Taylor, author of Take Us To Your Chief, discuss the role of cynicism, sarcasm and humour in literature with Lewis DeSoto.
Of Fathers and Sons
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 3:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Bert Archer explores father-son relationships with David Bouchet, David Layton and Pasha Malla. What is the common thread that ties these distinct stories? Hosted by Andy McGuire.
Relate and Reflect
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 4:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Join Nicola Lagioia, Rachel Manley, Eduard Márquez, Jean E. Pendziwol and Mary Walsh as they read from their latest works. Hosted by Danila Botha.
EUNIC @ IFOA New Literature from Europe
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Encounter Italian author Nicola Lagioia, David Machado from Portugal, Immanuel Mifsud from Malta and French novelist Sylvain Prudhomme, and discover today’s European literature’s rising generation. The discussion will be moderated by Toronto-based author Martha Baillie. Hosted by Beatriz Hausner.
In Conversation with Mary Walsh
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Creator of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Gemini Award winner, Mary Walsh, talks about her new work, Crying For The Moon, with Tom Power. Hosted by Danila Botha.
IV Award Presentation, Keynote & Panel
Monday, October 23, 2017 – 3:30 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
As part of the International Visitors (IV) Programme, industry guests from around the world come together to share international perspectives on the publishing industry.This year will feature a keynote address by Jeremy Trevathan, the Publisher responsible for the shape, direction and profitability of the adult publishing lists at Pan Macmillan in the UK. Erin Balser hosts.
GGBooks @ IFOA
Monday, October 23, 2017 – 8:00 PM, Fleck Dance Theatre
Do not miss the authors shortlisted for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction in conversation with Carol Off. The shortlisted authors will be announced in October.
The Children’s Book Bank Book Club @ IFOA
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 2:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
The Children’s Book Bank provides free books and literacy support to children living in low-income neighbourhoods across Toronto. The Book Club attracts kids ages 9-12 to a monthly meeting where kids engage in lively conversation.October’s meeting takes place live on stage, with Dwight Drummond moderating a conversation between the kids and the author of October’s featured read.
Around the World
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
IFOA takes you around the world. For an hour and a half you will be transported to three continents and nine countries with readings by Mireia Calafell, David Coventry, Hideo Furukawa, Norbert Gstrein, Nicola Lagioia, David Machado, Eduard Márquez, Clemens J. Setz, Maja Vidmar and Rohan Wilson. Hosted by Brian Francis.
Keep It Short
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
What makes or breaks a short story? Bill Gaston, Diane Schoemperlen and Drew Hayden Taylor share their thoughts with literary journalist Steven Beattie on why they write in this challenging form. Hosted by Nicole Chin.
A Celebration of 45 Years of Dundurn Press
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 7:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Join Dundurn Press and the International Festival of Authors in celebration of Dundurn’s 45 years in CanLit, helping Canadians write about themselves. Ted Barris, Liona Boyd, Patrick Boyer, Steve Burrows, Farzana Doctor, Barbara Fradkin, Steve Paikin and Leslie-Anne Scorgie will celebrate with us.
In Conversation with Heather O’Neill
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 – 8:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Siri Agrell sits with bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author, Heather O’Neill, for an intimate interview about O’Neill’s fourth novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel. Hosted by Emily Saso.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Wendy O’Brien converses with authors Michelle Berry, Bill Gaston, Immanuel Mifsud and Kathleen Winter about guilt, failure, hopelessness, the power of the human spirit and second chances .Hosted by Emily Saso.
In Search of Ithaca
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
David Bouchet, Carol Bruneau and Eden Robinson talk with Vincent Lam about their characters’ personal odysseys in search of ‘home.’ It turns out home is never the physical or geographical space, but an idiosyncratic and very personal state of mind. ‘Home’ is about having the freedom, the will and the courage to own one’s identity.
Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Finalists In Conversation
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 6:30 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes the best Canadian novel or short story collection with a $25,000 award. Meet the shortlisted authors for this prestigious award at this exclusive event. Hosted by Becky Toyne.
John Irving Interviews John Boyne
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 7:00 PM, Fleck Dance Theatre
John Irving, American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, and John Boyne, author of the New York Times no.1 Bestseller The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, will delve into Boyne’s new book The Heart’s Invisible Furies. They will attempt to dissect the human spirit and discuss how the book’s characters deal with identity struggles. Hosted by Deborah Dundas.
In Conversation with Mary Gaitskill
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 8:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Mary Gaitskill’s Somebody With A Little Hammer is a book that deals with literary, social, cultural and personal matters. Steven Beattie sits with Gaitskill to discuss the ‘longing, ambition, perversity and loneliness in the American unconscious’. Hosted by Catherine Bush.
The Lives of Underdogs
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 8:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Bianca Marais, Heather O’Neill and Jesse Ruddock discuss love, loss and otherness with Cordelia Strube. From South Africa’s Apartheid era in the 1970’s, to 1914 Montreal and the ‘inhospitable’ north, these authors turn the stories of underdogs into literary magic. Hosted by Simone Dalton.
And the Winner Is … The Creative Writing Awards Presentation
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Celebrate emerging writers from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies’ Creative Writing Program. A total of $7500 will be presented to winners of three awards: The Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction, The Janice Colbert Poetry Award, and The Marina Nemat Award for top Certificate Final Project, which this year includes multi-genre and YA Novel categories.
Borderless Mountains: The Alps Meet the Rockies
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
The Goethe-Institut, Banff Centre and the International Festival of Authors invite German authors to Canada to read from their works and discuss what mountain culture means to them. Join authors Clemens J. Setz and Norbert Gstrein as they discuss how region and home define their writing with Deborah Dundas. This event was curated by Jutta Brendemühl & Devyani Saltzman.
In Conversation: Lee Maracle & Eden Robinson
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Award-winning journalist Duncan McCue and host of CBC Radio One Cross Country Checkup interviews Lee Maracle and Eden Robinson about their latest works, My Conversations with Canadians and Son of a Trickster.
In Conversation with Barbara Gowdy
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 7:00 PM, Fleck Dance Theatre
Do not miss a deeply intimate interview with Barbara Gowdy and Jane Urquhart about Gowdy’s literary career and latest novel Little Sister. Hosted by James Grainger.
In Conversation: John Boyne & Emma Donoghue
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 8:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
John Boyne and Emma Donoghue have seen their literary works adapted for the screen. They talk to film critic and author Richard Crouse about their experience and success.
We All Begin in a Little Magazine: A Celebration of 10 Years of The Puritan Magazine
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 9:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
As a small magazine, The Puritan is on the cutting edge of new Canadian writing. Writers who received their first publication credit in its pages have gone on to secure book deals and win national awards. At this panel discussion, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the magazine’s founding, Puritan editors and staff will discuss the trends they are seeing in new Canadian writing and what they think the future of Canadian literature looks like. Event participants include André Babyn, Spencer Gordon, Rudrapriya Rathore, Tyler Willis and Catriona Wright. André Forget and Jason Freure will moderate.
Looking Back: History in Fiction
Friday, October 27, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
From 1928 Tour de France to Prohibition-Era Detroit in 1927, and from 1874 Launceston to 1921 Palestine, authors David Coventry, Alison Pick, Emily Schultz and Rohan Wilson discuss how time and place inspire and inform their fiction. This panel is moderated by Joseph Kertes and hosted by Sarah Lazarovic.
The Nature of Fear
Friday, October 27, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
From uneasiness to terror, horror and panic, thrillers can evoke strong negative emotions to the reader. Sarah Bailey, Nick Cutter and Grace O’Connell examine the power and nature of this evolutionary emotion with Ania Szado. Hosted by Sheniz Janmohammed.
Uncovering the Past
Friday, October 27, 2017 – 7:00 PM, Fleck Dance Theatre
John Boyne, Terry Fallis and Frances Itani discuss familial relationships and the secrets found in their novels The Heart’s Invisible Furies, One Brother Shy and That’s My Baby. Follow their characters as they uncover their past and learn more about who they are.
In Conversation: Wayne Johnston & Linda Spalding
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 11:00 AM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
New York Times reporter, Ian Austen, interviews Wayne Johnston and Linda Spalding about their literary career. Hosted by David Bradford.
Held in Suspense
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 1:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
What do The Freedom Broker, Be Ready For The Lighting and The Only Child have in common? The excitement of uncertainty. K.J Howe, Grace O’Connell and Andrew Pyper discuss the psychology of suspense with Joseph Kertes. Hosted by Shoilee Khan.
In Conversation with Carol Off
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 3:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
CBC’s As It Happens host, Carol Off, has been covering human interest stories worldwide for decades. Her new book All We Leave Behind tells the story of an Afghan man, who exposes the warlords working arm in arm with the American and NATO troops. Once the secrets are out, he and his family are forced to go. Off will share Asad’s story with you in an interview with Catherine Porter. Hosted by Ania Szado.
A Republic, If You Can Keep It: Humber Liberal Arts @ IFOA Keynote
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 3:30 PM, Fleck Dance Theatre
Susan N. Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will present this year’s keynote address titled “A Republic If You Can Keep It”.
In Conversation: Kyo Maclear & Antanas Sileika
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 4:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Place and geography play a major role in Kyo Maclear’s Birds Art Life and Antanas Sileika’s Barefoot Bingo Caller. They discuss how the cityscapes influence their writing with Sheniz Janmohamed. Hosted by Matthew Blackett.
In Conversation: Catherine Chidgey & David Layton
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 5:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Catherine Chidgey, winner of the New Zealand Book Awards Fiction prize and David Layton, bestselling author of The Bird Factory, discuss childhood struggles and familial relationships with Bert Archer. Hosted by Canisia Lubrin.
In Conversation: Marie Darrieussecq & Carol Off
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Wendy O’ Brien interviews Marie Darrieussecq and Carol Off on the extensive body of their work, their career and who/what has influenced them as writers. Hosted by Jessica Wyman.
True North: Stories of Canada
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Ania Szado moderates a discussion with Carol Bruneau, Terry Fallis and Jesse Ruddock about the state of Canadian literature. What are some of the recurring themes, subject matters and sources of inspiration in CanLit that these three authors draw upon in their works? Hosted by Shoilee Khan.
Writers & Company @ IFOA
Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 7:00 PM, Fleck Dance Theatre
Irish novelist and essayist Colm Tóibín is known for award-winning, wide-ranging fiction including the novels The Master, Brooklyn (made into a very successful film starring Saoirse Ronan), Nora Webster and The Testament of Mary. In his latest novel, House of Names, he turns to Greek tragedy, drawing on memories of the conflict in Northern Ireland in a brilliant retelling of the story of Clytemnestra. Always engaging, Tóibín will speak with Eleanor Wachtel about his new novel and other recent work, including his critical study, On Elizabeth Bishop.
Women of the Hour: Writing Female Characters
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 1:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Janie Chang, Marie Darrieussecq, Kyo Maclear and Roberta Rich share the stories of women taking their lives into their own hands with Kate Taylor.
Let’s Talk Genre
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 3:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Sarah Bailey, Nicholas Eames, Alison Pick and Nicholas Power write in different genres. What makes thriller, nonfiction and poetry their favourite form of expression? Moderated by Sue Carter and hosted by Amy Jones.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 3:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Walking Cities brings together two authors, Dionne Brand and Vahni Capildeo, to exchange ideas related to identities, places and territories. The paired writers will discuss how various places have influenced their own writing and thinking. This will result in a series of thought-provoking intercultural podcasts and short films produced and made available in November 2017. This panel event will allow the audience to join the conversation and reflect on the relationship between thinking and the places and spaces we live in. Hosted by Shawn Micallef.
A Celebration of 10 Years of The Best Canadian Poetry
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 5:00 PM, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Chosen from the first nine volumes of this innovative series, the anniversary volume takes the pulse of the last decade of Canadian poetry with ninety superb poems that have excelled—twice—at the test of Best. Join series editors Molly Peacock and Anita Lahey, previous guest editors, and a constellation of Canada’s twice-tested poet-contributors for a special tribute to ten stellar years of this landmark series.
Writing an Informed Story
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 5:00 PM, Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Toronto Star editor Deborah Dundas moderates a panel discussion featuring Claire Cameron, Helen Humphreys and Roberta Rich. The authors of The Last Neanderthal, The Ghost Orchard and A Trial In Venice discuss how science and history informed their fiction. Hosted by Jessica Wyman.
The Missing Piece
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 6:00 PM, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
A puzzle is never solved when a piece is missing. Nicholas Eames, K.J. Howe, and Emily Schultz talk about characters in search of the lost and unaccounted for with Wendy O’Brien. Hosted by David Bradford.