37 Reasons to attend the 37th Edition of IFOA

Wondering what the IFOA has to offer YOU? Here, in no particular order, are 37 reasons to attend the 37th edition of Toronto’s International Festival of Authors:

1.    You follow Canadian cartoonist, Seth, and found out he designed our poster

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 2.    You love Irish literature and the Festival is inviting a number of contemporary Irish writers.

 3.    You love the waterfront and the IFOA takes place at Toronto’s beautiful Harbourfront Centre, in the heart of the city and right next to the lake.

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 4.    You attend every year.

 5.    You can rub shoulders with Toronto’s literary community.

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 6.    October is the perfect month to cozy up to a new book

 7.    Your favourite author will be there and you just cannot pass up a chance to meet them.

 8.    You love #CanLit.

 9.    You have a few months to complete your new year’s resolutions to become a reader.


10. It’s the best place to encounter international literature.

11. You’re an aspiring writer and want to learn more about the industry.

12. You’re an established writer and want to learn more about the industry.


 13. You need fresh book recommendations. Look no further!

 14. Authors are your kind of celebrities.

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15. You pride yourself in attending all the major festivals in Toronto.

16. Reading for pleasure is your favourite pastime.


 17. This is your chance to meet authors you’ve been reading for years.

 18. It’s the perfect book club outing.

 19. You want to get your favourite books signed.

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 20. You like to plan ahead and a beautiful signed book is a perfect gift for that special someone on your Christmas list.

 21. You’re a student and found out our events are FREE for you! Bring friends!


 22. Where else will you find hundreds of prize-winning authors in one place?

 23. You’ll be surrounded by other book lovers.

 24. You don’t live in Toronto but found out that authors are toured around Ontario. They could be coming right to your hometown!

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 25. There’s something for all ages! The Toronto Public Library and IFOA are presenting Book Bash!

 26. You are new to the publishing industry and heard that the IV (International Visitors) Programme, brings professionals from all over the world.

 27. An IFOA stage is the best venue to hear an author read live.

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 28. You know you won’t have to go through Festival withdrawal, because there’s a weekly reading series throughout the year. Score!

 29. You are hoping to meet a bookish crowd/mate!

 30. You want to be part of a literary tradition that’s been going on since 1974.


 31. You’re a librarian or teacher looking for new book ideas for your students.

 32. You’ve followed us on Twitter for ages and now you want to see what the fuss is all about!

 33. You want to visit Toronto and take in the best culture the city has to offer

 34. You can get an awesome deal with our flex pass, and get 6 tickets for $90!

(Call our box office at 416-973-4000 for details/purchase inquiry!)

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 35. The Festival invites authors from over 15 different countries.

 36. You want to check off another Word Alliance festival from your bucket list.

 37. It’s going to be great and you don’t want to miss out!


Some IFOA 2016 Book Covers We Love

We love book design at the IFOA! Here are just some of the great covers from this year’s library:

The never-ending news cover of Fauxccasional Poems:

Scott Tysdal, Fauxccasional Poems


Nina Bunjevac’s gorgeous illustrations for Fatherland:

Bunjevac, Fatherland


A Long Watch‘s gentle ocean:

Galappatti, A Long Watch


The beautiful profile on The Pain Tree:

Senior, The Pain Tree Cover


Fire‘s historical woodcut-inspired graphics:

Humphreys, Fire


The torn-paper landscapes of The High Mountains of Portugal, dotted with characters:

Martel, The High Mountains of Portugal



The Naturalist‘s combination of new and old scientific images and notes:

York, The Naturalist


The tempestuous graphics of Hag-Seed:

Atwood, HagSeed


The vivid colouring of The Little Communist Who Never Smiled:

Lafon, The Little Communist Who Never Smiled


Wild Rose‘s gentle ombre:

Butala, Wild Rose


The hungry goose on the cover of A Number of Things:

Urquhart, NumberofThings


The dark highway of I’m Thinking of Ending Things:

Reid, Im Thinking of Ending Things


The nightlights of Bright, Precious Days:

McInerney, Bright Precious Days

Stay tuned for these and many other attractive covers at the 37th edition of the International Festival of Authors, coming to Harbourfront Centre from October 20th-30th!


IFOA 2016 Flex Passes On Sale NOW!

Purchase Flex Pass and share the IFOA experience with a partner, friends or family members!

Pick the  events you want to attend and rub shoulders with the creators you admire. See the world’s best contemporary authors on the IFOA stage and get your books signed. Participate in the discussions and learn more about their journey and work.


Each Flex Pass consists of 6 tickets that you can redeem for any regular IFOA event*. Flex Passes are priced at $90 (plus a $12 surcharge).

Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 to purchase!

Flex Passes go off sale October 19th.

* Subject to availability. Special, private and by invitation only events are excluded from this offer.





IFOA 2016 Preliminary Lineup

Here is your first look at the 37th edition of the International Festival of Authors’ lineup. The Festival boasts over 100 authors from various countries writing in various genres from literary fiction to memoir, poetry to thriller. The first fifty are revealed below!

Introducing the first 50 authors coming to #IFOA2016! Find out more: see link in profile

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Andre AlexisMargaret AtwoodDavid BergenNina BunjevacSharon ButalaRobert Olen ButlerDeborah CampbellChris ChambersMichael DeForgeEmma DonoghueNick DrnasoSunila GalappattiCharlotte GrayPhil HallMiguel Ángel HernándezTakashi HiraideC.C. Humphreys Maureen Hynes • Robert KanigelLynne KutsukakeLola LafonSylvia LegrisJay McInerneyJon McNaughtAlexander MaksikYann Martel Luisgé Martín  • Viet Thanh NguyenAuður Ava ÓlafsdóttirChris OliverosSusan PerlySarah PinderSteven PriceIain Reid David Adams RichardsRichard RussoLaurence ScottOlive SeniorSeth • Nathan StorringDavid Szalay •  Madeleine ThienSuzana TratnikDaniel Scott TysdalJane UrquhartJeff VanderMeerEleanor WachtelRuth WareAndrew WestollSamuel Zipp



What is the IFOA staff reading this summer?

Even though we’re busy planning the 2016 festival, the IFOA staff still finds time to read. Read on to see what everyone’s enjoying right now!

Catherine Coreno, communications and marketing assistant:

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The beach is my favourite aspect of summer, so I am making my way to the sand as often as possible, always with a book in hand. While taking a break from Elena Ferrante’s novels, my current beach reads include We’re All In This Together by Amy Jones and The Girls by Emma Cline.

Dean Keranovic, festival assistant:

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As of now I’m reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, as well as Endymion by Dan Simmons.  Once those are done I’ll move on to some other sci fi/fantasy novel/comic!

Eirini Moschaki, communications and marketing coordinator:

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I love it when a story transports me to other times, traditions, and cultures. Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red is an intricate mystery that immerses you in the life of 16th century Istanbul miniaturists. Power, love, art, religion, and politics; this novel has it all!

Rebecca Hallquist, executive assistant:

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I just finished reading Hisham Matar’s book The Return – just out – and it’s a bit of a heavier read but very important considering current events. This book discusses the repercussions of grief, loss and ultimately living history, which I just find so fascinating. At the heart of it all, this memoir is really about a son trying to comes to terms why his father has been absent from his life for some 20+ years.  I like to use the (traditionally) more time I have in the summer to read for pleasure to better inform myself about topics that interest me (history, current affairs, environment, biographies) as well as for general enjoyment. Any sort of fantasy/historical fiction series I can get my hands on to read in the shade on a sunny day is pure bliss to me.

Risa de Rege, communications and marketing intern:

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I usually end up tackling really long, heavy books over the summer – past endeavours include Les Miserables by Victor Hugo; We, The Drowned by Cartsen Jensen; and (most of) A Song of Ice and Fire. But right now I’m taking it easy with a book of Edwardian ghost stories I picked up at a local bookstore. I love history, and ghost stories, so I’m really enjoying reading stories that have entertained people for so long.

Zviko Mhakayakora, executive assistant, programming:

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Right now I’m reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. I’ll be reading some books by NoViolet Bulawayo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie too. I’m really into a mix of non-fiction and fiction right now.


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