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Margaret MacMillan named Harbourfront Festival Prize recipient

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, Margaret MacMillan! With many accolades to her name, including the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award, Margaret MacMillan was selected for the annual Harbourfront Festival Prize based on the merits of her published work and her contributions to fostering the next […]

Ricci, Nino (c) Paul-Antoine Taillefer

Nino Ricci discusses The Origin of Species

Nino Ricci’s first novel, Lives of the Saints, garnered international acclaim and won a host of awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. He won the same prize again in 2008 for his novel The Origin of Species. In this clip, Ricci talks about narrative voice and his reluctance to use the first […]

Ann-Marie MacDonald Book Trailer

By Dylan Schoenmakers

Ann-Marie MacDonald has released a book trailer in advance of the publication of her latest novel, Adult Onset. The trailer features fragments of text, voiced by a single audible narrator, but spoken or mouthed in the video by a host of different people. The effect is striking, both uncanny and moving.

Notable line from the trailer: “A person who hates themself is dangerous.”

MacDonald sits down with Susan G. Cole on October 31 to discuss and read from Adult Onset. Below is an extended description of the novel, taken from MacDonald’s website:

“Mary Rose MacKinnon – nicknamed MR or “Mister” – is a successful YA author who has made enough from her writing to semi-retire in her early 40s. She lives in a comfortable Toronto neighbourhood with her partner, Hilary, a busy theatre director, and their 2 young children, Matthew and Maggie, trying valiantly and often hilariously to balance her creative pursuits with domestic demands, and the various challenges that (mostly) solo parenting presents. As a child, Mary Rose suffered from an illness, long since cured and ‘filed separately’ in her mind. But as her frustrations mount, she experiences a flare-up of forgotten symptoms which compel her to rethink her memories of her own childhood and her relationship with her parents. With her world threatening to unravel, the spectre of domestic violence raises its head with dangerous implications for her life and that of her own children.”

Make sure to pick up a copy of Adult Onset and tickets for this highly anticipated event!

Dylan Schoenmakers is the Communications Intern at IFOA. He recently completed his MA in English Literature at the University of Western Ontario.

IFOA in Review: Ben Lerner and Ian McEwan

By Dylan Schoenmakers

Last night, Ben Lerner and Ian McEwan took to the stage of the sold-out Fleck Dance Theatre for a reading and discussion with interviewer Carol Off. Both authors brought life to their latest novels by reading a selection of passages, and then fielding questions from Carol and the packed audience.

After the reading and interview, both authors chatted with a large crowd of fans and signed copies of their books.

It was one of the first events of IFOA Weekly’s 41st season, and an excellent taste of what’s to come for upcoming IFOA Weekly events and the Festival, which runs October 23 to November 2. If you weren’t able to see Lerner and McEwan, don’t miss your chance to engage with another literary giant: David Mitchell visits IFOA this Saturday, October 20 for a reading and interview. Grab your tickets here!

Check out some pictures from the evening, below!

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Dylan Schoenmakers is the Communications Intern at IFOA. He recently completed his MA in English Literature at the University of Western Ontario.

Humphreys, Helen (c) Ayelet Tsabari

Helen Humphreys reads from The Frozen Thames

Helen Humphreys is the award-winning, bestselling author of four books of poetry, six novels and two works of creative non-fiction. In this clip, Humphreys reads from her 2007 book, The Frozen Thames.

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