Stranger than Fiction


Spend an afternoon with writers Deborah Campbell, Alexandra Risen, Laurence Scott, Jeff VanderMeer and visiting Irish non-fiction writer, Catriona Crowe. Get inspired by new ideas about our humanity and our relation to the world around us.

Stranger than Fiction presentations will take place in the Brigantine Room from 12pm to 6pm on Sunday, October 30th.

Campbell Deborah

Stranger than Fiction: Deborah Campbell
A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War.
Award-winning journalist Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus, reporting on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria in the aftermath of the Iraq War. 

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Risen AlexandraStranger than Fiction: Alexandra Risen
Root Therapy: Re-imagining the Family Tree
Alexandra Risen’s memoir Unearthed celebrates family bonds and perseverence. In this uplifting talk she will discuss the unconscious and profound connections between nature, gardens and people, and how soil is the new Prozac.

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Scott LaurenceStranger than Fiction: Laurence Scott
The Four Dimensional Human
Laurence Scott, hailed as a “New Generation Thinker” by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the BBC, presents The Four Dimensional Human and explores the effects of technology on human behavior and identity.  

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VandermeerStranger than Fiction: Jeff VanderMeer
Moving Beyond the Human Era: Storytelling and Climate Change
Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy explores ecological issues through his attempts to uncover the mystery behind Area X, allowing VanderMeer to engage in what the New Yorker called “experiments in weird nature writing”. VanderMeer will explore writing about climate change. 

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Crowe CatrionaStranger than Fiction: Catriona Crowe
Ireland’s violent revolution: How do we commemorate it?
Catriona Crowe will talk about the Irish decade of revolutionary centenaries – the 1913 Lockout, the Great War, the 1916 Rising, Civil War and independence – and how a small country deals with its violent beginnings as a state.

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IFOA 2016 Authors

IFOA is thrilled to announce the latest additions to the Festival roster. Meet our 2016 authors!

Alexis AndreAnderson DargatzAtwood MargaretBarclay LinwoodBarwin Gary Bergen David Brock David James Bunjevac NinaButala Sharon Butler Robert Olen Campbell Deborah Card Liam Chambers Chris Crowe CatrionaDefore Michael Donoghue Emma Drnaso Nick Galappatti Sunila Geye PeterGirailt Torrente Gravel Elise Gray Charlotte Greer Darren Hall PhilHammer Jackobsen Harvey Samantha Helm Michael Hernandez Miguel Angel Hill LawrenceHiraide Takeshi Hisayo Buchanan Rowan Hochschild Howard Liz Huggan Isabel Humphreys CC Hynes MaureenIrani Anosh Jones Amy Kanigel Robert Kay Guy Gavriel Kertes Khan Rukshana Kloeble Christopher Kutsukake LynnLafon Lola Lam Thao Lapena Shari Lawson JonArno Legris Sylvia Lynch JimMaksik Alexander Martel Yann Martin Luisge Martz John Matar Hisham Mclnerney Jay McNaught Melandri FrancescaMetcalf John Morissey Donna Motion Muldoon Paul Nguyen Viet Thanh O'Brien TimO'rouke Ciaran Ohi Ruth Olasfsdottir Ava Oliveros Chris Oppel Kenneth Patterson Kevin Perly Susan Pick AlisonPinder SarahPrentiss Molly Price Steven Reid Ian Richards David Adam Risen Alexandra Robinson Peter Rubin Beck Eric Russo RichardsSanders Ben Scott Laurence Senior Olive Smith Sydney Storring Nathan Strube Cordelia Sutherland Joel Szalay DavidTan Cheryl Taylor Kate Thien Madelaine Thompson AndreaThompson Judith Tratnik Suzana Tsabari Ayelet Tysdal Daniel ScottUrquhart Jane Vandermeer Wachtel Eleanor Wagenaar Ware Ruth Westoll AndrewWhitlock Nathan Whittal Zoe York Alissa Zipp Samuel

For a full list of participants visit


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



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