In celebration of Canada 150, we bring Canadian authors and Canadian literature to the forefront.

Eight local authors choose their favourite CanLit title and lead one IFOA Book Club meeting. Read along with your favourite authors and then join them for an intimate discussion at the end of the month. Come prepared to engage in conversation with Toronto’s literati.

We are pleased to welcome authors Lisa DeNikolits, Cherie Dimaline, Farzana Doctor, Catherine Graham, Peter Robinson, Cordelia Strube, Andrew Westoll and Zoe Whittall to lead our Book Club discussions.

Book Club meetings will take place at the IFOA headquarters in Harbourfront Centre the last Wednesday of every month from 6-7pm. The book picks will be announced monthly.

Book Club fee: $50

Book Club is SOLD OUT!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Catherine Graham

(c) Prosopon PhotographyCatherine Graham is the author of five poetry collections, including Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the CAA Poetry Award. She received an Excellence In Teaching Award at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing. She was also the winner of Poetry NOW 2014. Her sixth poetry collection will appear in 2017 as will her first novel, Quarry. Catherine will discuss Lynn Crosbie’s Life Is About Losing Everything.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Cordelia Strube

Strube, Cordelia _by Mark Raynes RobertsCordelia Strube is an accomplished playwright and the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including Alex & Zee, Teaching Pigs to Sing, and Lemon. Winner of the CBC literary competition and a Toronto Arts Foundation Award, she has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. A two-time finalist for ACTRA’s Nellie Award celebrating excellence in Canadian broadcasting, she is also a three-time nominee for the ReLit Award. Her latest work On The Shores Of Darkness, There Is Light won the City of Toronto Book Award. Cordelia will discuss Kate Caley’s How You Were Born.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson grew up in the United Kingdom, and now divides his time between Toronto and Richmond, Yorkshire. When the Music’s Over is the 23rd book in the DCI Banks series. He has also written two collections of short stories, and three standalone novels, the most recent of which is the bestseller Before the Poison, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada, Sweden’s Golden Crowbar Award, and the 2013 Dilys Award given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Robinson’s critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards, and are published in translation all over the world. Peter will discuss Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Andrew Westoll

Westoll, Andrew_credit Samantha FrancisAndrew Westoll  is an award-winning author, journalist, and teacher. A former biologist and primatologist, his books include The Riverbones, a travel memoir set in the jungles of Suriname, and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which was a national bestseller and winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. Westoll is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The Jungle South of The Mountain is his first novel.
Andrew will discuss Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – Zoe Whitall

Whittal, ZoeZoe Whittall’s third literary novel, The Best Kind of People, was published by House of Anansi in 2016. In a preview of the book, The Globe & Mail called her ‘one of the sharpest observers of modern life’. Her second novel, Holding Still for as Long as Possible, won a Lambda Literary award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor book. Her debut novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of the top ten essential novels of the decade by CBC Canada Reads.She has published three volumes of poetry and currently works as a TV writer on shows like The Baroness Von Sketch Show, Schitt’s Creek and Degrassi. Zoe will discuss Pedal by Chelsey Rooney.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Lisa de Nikolits

De Nikolits, Lisa

Lisa de Nikolits is the award-winning author of six novels, with a seventh to come in Fall 2017. The Hungry Mirror won a 2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal and was long-listed for a ReLit Award. West of Wawa won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal and was a Chatelaine Editor’s Pick, and A Glittering Chaos won the 2014 Silver IPPY Silver Medal. Between the Cracks She Fell won an IPPY Bronze Medal. The Nearly Girl was published in 2016. Lisa is a member of the Mesdames of Mayhem, Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime-Toronto Chapter, and the International Thriller Writers. Her 2017 novel, No Fury Like That will be published in September 2017. Lisa will discuss Carole Giangrande’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Farzana Doctor

Doctor, Farzana (c) Vivek ShrayaFarzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which won a Lambda Literary Award in and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award) and the recently released All Inclusive. Farzana was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now” (2012), was Voted Best Author in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Best of Toronto Readers’ Choice Poll. She curates the Brockton Writers Series. Farzana will discuss Olive Senior’s Dancing Lessons.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – Cherie Dimaline

dimaline-cherieCherie Dimaline is a writer and editor from the Georgian Bay Metis community. She is the author of three books of fiction, was named the 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year – Ontario Premier’s Award, and was the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Cherie currently lives in Toronto where she coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering. Her next book, a dystopian YA novel The Marrow Thieves is to be released spring 2017 by Cormorant Books. Cherie will discuss The Break by Katherena Vermette.