Well Versed

October 23 to November 1

Poetry has a literary history rich in debate and diverse in form. Within a series of unique events featuring some of the brightest Canadian and international poets, audiences will be engaged and inspired across cultures and generations.

Poet Summit
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2PM
– LAKESIDE TERRACE
Brecken Hancock, Talya Rubin, Zachariah Wells. Host: Erin Balser

Poetry, Power and Politics – Round Table
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 7:30PM – STUDIO THEATRE
Ellen Bass, Veronica Gaylie, Erín Moure. Moderator: Oana Avasilichioaei

In Conversation with Christian Bök – Reading/Interview
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2PM – BRIGANTINE ROOM
Christian Bök. Interviewer: Peter Watts

At Language’s Edge: Poetry in Translation – Round Table
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2PM – STUDIO THEATRE
Anna Aguilar-Amat, Erín Moure, Martí Sales. Author/Moderator: Oana Avasilichioaei

Reading
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 4PM – PUB HUB
Brecken Hancock, Kate Hargreaves, Jeff Latosik, Andy McGuire, Talya Rubin, Zachariah Wells, Liz Worth. MC: Oana Avasilichioaei

Reading
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 7:30PM – STUDIO THEATRE
Claire Caldwell, Ulrikka S. Gernes, Stevie Howell, Damian Rogers, Deanna Young. Host: Jessica Moore

A Celebration of Bookthug
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 8:30PM – PUB HUB
Kate Hargreaves, Martí Sales, Mike Steeves, Jess Taylor, Liz Worth. Moderator: Emily M. Keeler

More Than You Can Stanza –  Reading
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 8:30PM – PUB HUB
Oana Avasilichioaei, John Burnside, Claire Caldwell, Milan Jesih, Andy McGuire. MC: Evan Munday.

The Best Canadian Poetry Launch
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 7:30PM – LAKESIDE TERRACE
Barry Dempster, Richard Greene, Stevie Howell, Amanda Jernigan, Jeff Latosik, A.F. Moritz, Shane Neilson, Hoa Nguyen, Alexandra Oliver, Karen Solie, Priscilla Uppal. Hosts: Jacob McArthur Mooney, Molly Peacock

In Conversation with Damian Rogers and Karen Solie – Reading/Interview
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2PM – LAKESIDE TERRACE
Damian Rogers, Karen Solie. Interviewer: Ken Babstock

‘Membering: A Celebration of Austin Clarke
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 12PM – BRIGANTINE ROOM
Austin Clarke, George Elliott Clarke, Lawrence Hill, Dane Swan. MC: Garvia Bailey

Poetry Games
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 4PM – LAKESIDE TERRACE

See you there!

 

Found in Translation

October 24–28

“The best way to get to know a country and its people is through its literature.”

– Geoffrey Taylor, Director, International Festival of Authors

For the sixth year, the International Festival of Authors pays tribute to the art of literary translation. This year’s IFOA celebrates the importance of making literature available in multiple languages and platforms and analyzes the effects this has on readers across the globe.

Readings, round tables and interviews comprised of authors from Catalonia, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Singapore and more round out this special and diverse programme.

Reading
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 12PM – BRIGANTINE ROOM
Giuseppe Catozzella, Flavia Company, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Matt Lennox, Jacinto Lucas Pires, Eric Reinhardt. Host: Jessica Moore

Reportage: Turkey
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 12PM – STUDIO THEATRE
Witold Szablowski. Interviewer: Bert Archer

Death in Translation – Round Table
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 4PM – LAKESIDE TERRACE
Sara Blaedel, Marc Pastor, Teresa Solana, Ovidia Yu. Moderator: Susan Glickman.

KOFFLER@IFOA
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 12PM – LAKESIDE TERRACE
Assaf Gavron. Interviewer: Jessica Wyman

Modern Refugee – Round Table
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 4PM – BRIGANTINE ROOM
Giuseppe Catozzella, Assaf Gavron, Witold Szablowski. Moderator: Brendan de Caires.

Reportage: Norway
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 7:30PM – LAKESIDE TERRACE
Åsne Seierstad. Interviewer: Susan G. Cole

See you there!

 

Five Questions with… Mark Raynes Roberts

Crystal artist, designer and photographer Mark Raynes Roberts answered our five questions! His author portraits will be projected at Harbourfront Centre during the International Festival of Authors this fall (October 22 to November 1, 2015). Be sure to check them out, along with his engraved crystal sculptures exhibit, which is on at the Gardiner Museum October 26 through November 11!

IFOA: What first attracted you to glass engraving?

Mark Raynes RobertsMark Raynes Robert: I grew up in England, always wanting to be an artist, and so, for practical reasons, I initially trained as a goldsmith at the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery & Silversmithing. It was during this time that I was taught engraving by Ronald Pennell, who is considered one of the world’s top glass engravers, and so my love affair with the medium of crystal began. It’s an art and skill that requires many years of training. I was enraptured from the very beginning by the way the images I created could reflect, reveal or distort depending on the angle you viewed the crystal from. Unlike painting or bronze sculpture, working with prismatic optical crystal creates a fifth dimension that no other medium does. The two ancient engraving techniques I employ (intaglio and stippling) create the potential for both a carved three-dimensional impression, as well as a delicate stippled “mezzotint” effect upon the surface. The narrative messages of all my engraved art combine and reflect the dark and light, which is why black-and-white photography has also played an important role in my creative art.

IFOA: How has your style and technique changed over the years?

Raynes Roberts: I had a traditional training in England in which drawing was an integral part of learning to design, and I know this helped me in building a strong foundation for my craft. Over the past 33 years, I have experimented with various styles in my work and feel this has been an important evolution as an artist. In my view, it has only been in the last few years that I feel I have truly found my own voice as an artist, which is very exciting, as I still have a lot of passion for my work. I think this has come from my willingness to experiment, which in turn has built confidence when working with material that’s very expensive.

IFOA: On your website, you describe the refractive qualities of crystal as “dreamscapes of our collective conscience.” Can you elaborate on this?

Raynes Roberts: Not many people are aware, but it is crystal, a man-made material (invented in 1675) that continues to change our technological world through the use of prismatic light and fibre optics. So, in many ways, it is the perfect canvas for me to interpret the human condition through my narrative engravings. As I alluded to earlier, the refractive properties of the material provide a unique way to convey an alchemy that no other material can. With my ILLUMINATION project, there is also an obvious connection to early photography where photographic slides were made of glass. The ILLUMINATION crystal art sculptures reverse this process by visually presenting an interpretation of the authors’ words of beauty written about light and illumination.

IFOA: What inspired the ILLUMINATION: Portraits of Canadian Literature + Authors? Can we expect to see another artist series (musicians, dancers) in the future?

Raynes Roberts: In the fall of 2013, my wife Sarah Hampson and I traveled to London, England, as I had been invited to exhibit my crystal art in a gallery in Mayfair. During our stay, I was asked by The Globe and Mail if I would like to photograph the British authors, to accompany Sarah’s interview columns. This enjoyable experience of photographing each author in their home environments appealed to me, and so I began to think about photographing Canadian authors when I returned home. I had no idea how long the ILLUMINATION project would take, or how many authors I would end up photographing. But the basis of the idea was to celebrate the literary treasury and to be as “inclusive” as possible of both emerging and established writers. I would like to thank the Writers Trust of Canada, and the many publishers, agents and publicists who helped me reach out to the literary community. Charles Foran, who had won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-fiction, which I create, was the first author I photographed for ILLUMINATION, and Michael Ondaatje was the last author. The project has been a “labour of love” and in a way is my gift to Canada, which will turn 150 in 2017. I greatly appreciate all of the warm support I have received from the participating authors and hope the exhibition resonates with Canadians across the country, because we do have an amazing wealth of writers who I felt needed to be illuminated. Somehow, I managed to travel over 20,000 kilometres and take over 22,500 photographs in the process, and as you can probably imagine, I have no plans for a similar project in the near future.

IFOA: When you are not working on your art, how do you like to spend your time?

Raynes Roberts: Together with my wife as we search for beauty in some form or another.

Mark Raynes Roberts is a multimedia artist who celebrates the literary treasury of Canada through glass engraving and the photographic lens. You can view Mark’s work at both Harbourfront Centre and the Gardiner Museum this October.

Book(re)marks: John Ralston Saul

On April 1st, IFOA and the Couchiching Institute presented the inaugural event in Book(re)marks, a free public event series featuring authors of non-fiction whose works are of social, political or cultural importance. Canadian author and essayist John Ralston Saul discussed his latest book, The Comeback, with interviewer Pam Palmater. The event was a great success! Check out a few photos below.

 

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Photos by Tendisai Cromwell

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Creative Catalysts

From the IFOA vaults, a round table from 2007 with Giller Prize-winning author Will Ferguson, bestselling crime writer Peter Robinson, 2015 RBC Taylor Prize nominee M.G. Vassanji and Governor General Award-winning author Richard B. Wright. They discuss what they’re reading in a panel entitled “Creative Catalysts.” Canadian writer Randy Boyagoda moderates.

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