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Tuesday, May 02

Toronto Lit Up: Antanas Sileika

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Lithuanian House
Book Launch: Toronto Lit Up
Participants: Antanas Sileika

IFOA and ECW Press invite you to the release of The Barefoot Bingo Caller by Antanas Sileika as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

cover_barefoot-bingo-caller-2In The Barefoot Bingo Caller, Antanas finds what’s funny and touching in the most unlikely places, from the bingo hall to the collapsing Soviet Union. He shares stories that span his attempts to shake off his suburban, ethnic, folk-dancing childhood to his divided allegiance as a Lithuanian-Canadian father. Antanas has a keen eye for social comedy, bringing to life such memorable characters as ageing beat poets, oblivious college students, the queen of the booze cans, and an obdurate porcupine.

Join us at the Lithuanian House to meet the author, network and celebrate new work!

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Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.

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Wednesday, May 03

In Conversation with Joel Thomas Hynes

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Interview: IFOA Weekly
Participants: Richard Crouse, Lewis DeSoto, Joel Thomas Hynes

Join film and television critic and author, Richard Crouse, as he interviews award-winning multidisciplinary artist Joel Thomas Hynes about his new book We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night. Do not miss the opportunity to see them both on the IFOA stage!

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We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night is the story of one man’s kicking-and-screaming attempt to recuperate from a life of petty crime and shattered relationships, and somehow accept and maybe even like the new man emerging from within, the one he so desperately needs to become.

Wednesday, May 10

In Conversation with Kerry Clare and Rebecca Rosenblum

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Interview: IFOA Weekly
Participants: Kerry Clare, Sheniz Janmohamed, Amy Jones, Rebecca Rosenblum

Kerry Clare and Rebecca Rosenblum talk about love, loss and what it means to bear witness. Join them as they discuss the lives of women looking for the truth with Amy Jones. Sheniz Janmohamed will host.

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“Entertaining, engaging and timely, Mitzi Bytes is a pleasure to read from start to finish. It heralds the arrival of a fantastic, fun new novelist on the Canadian scene.” —Toronto Star

“Compelling and superbly crafted from start to finish, So Much Love is a thoughtful and disturbing look into the deep layers of a crime and its aftermath.” – Diane Schoemperlen, author of This Is Not My Life

Thursday, May 11

Toronto Lit Up: Julia Cooper

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM
St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church
Book Launch: Toronto Lit Up
Participants: Julia Cooper

IFOA and Coach House Books invite you to the release of The Last Word: Reviving The Dying Art of Eulogy by Julia Cooper as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

cooper-last-wordIn turning a critical eye toward the act of eulogy, Julia Cooper manages to perceptively, even playfully, create a new space for the bleak act of mourning. Examining fictional eulogies in The Big Lebowski and Love Acutally alongside teary speeches at celebrity funerals and reflections on mourning from Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida, The Last Word is a light in the dark. Braiding her delightful, lively cultural analysis with her own personal experiences of loss, Cooper makes a stunning and compelling case for a more compassionate approach to grief.

Join us at St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church and meet the author, network and celebrate new work!

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Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities.

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Tuesday, May 16

Forest of Reading® and the Festival of Trees™ Day 1

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Harbourfront Centre
Author appearance, Courses & workshops, Special Event: Author Appearance | Special Event | Young Readers
Participants:

May 16–18, 2017,  10am–2pm

The Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Forest of Reading® and the Festival of Trees occupy places of prominence in Canada’s literary landscape. The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading programme of its kind. Every year, more than 270,000 Ontario children read and vote for their favourite book in eight age-specific award categories.

16-festival-of-trees-englishThe Forest of Reading® culminates in the Festival of Trees, a three-day awards celebration where the winners of each category are announced and celebrated alongside young readers. The festival is Canada’s largest literary event for children, with more than 10,000 attending the event here at Harbourfront Centre. Each day has energetic ceremonies with live entertainment, as well as workshops with the nominated authors and illustrators.

Students across Ontario read 100 nominated works and cast votes for their favourite titles in late April. For a full list of 2017 nominees, please click here.

The event is open to the Public. Tickets are $15.50 each!

Information about each award can be found here.

Tuesday award ceremonies:

White Pine™ Award
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 10am
Concert Stage
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Red Maple Fiction Award
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 11:30am
Concert Stage
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Red Maple Non-Fiction Award
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 12:45am
Brigantine Room
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Blue Spruce Award
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 1pm
Concert Stage
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For award ceremonies happening on May 17, please click here. For award ceremonies happening on May 18, please click here.

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