The Toronto International Festival of Authors is Canada’s oldest and largest festival of words and ideas. It’s our mission to facilitate meaningful dialogue between curious readers and writers of every kind.

Since 1974, the Toronto International Festival of Authors has hosted over 9,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 22 Nobel Laureates and countless other award winners. Mandated to advance the art of literature, we provide:

  1. Engaging opportunities for readers to meet, hear and learn from leading international authors; and
  2. A global platform on which professional and emerging authors can present their work.

Our signature event, the Toronto International Festival of Authors, takes place every fall (October 18-28, 2018), with additional programmes presented all year round. They include a speaker series, the Toronto Lit Up series of book launches to support local talent (supported by the Toronto Arts Council), the annual Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ for young readers (in partnership with the Ontario Library Association), as well as Ontario and international touring programmes. The Festival is based at Harbourfront Centre.