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Shakespeare Lives in Poetry

Friday, October 21, 2016 - All Day
Main Loft, Harbourfront Centre
Workshop: Festival
Participants: Deanna Rodger

To celebrate the international influence of Shakespeare, during the year of the 400th anniversary of his death, the British Council is bringing international poet and facilitator, Deanna Rodger to IFOA to work with emerging spoken word poets. Taking Shakespeare’s sonnets as inspiration, this Spoken Word Workshop will explore how sonnets can be utilized by contemporary voices in fresh and unexpected ways to talk about their lives today. The workshop will culminate in a performance by the participants hosted by Sheniz Janmohamed.

The workshop is free and open to all spoken word poets, from beginners to seasoned performers. To participate in the workshop, download the Sign up form, and email

Spoken Word Workshop

9:00am to 4:00pm

Spoken Word Performance

6:00pm to 7:00pm


This event is part of Shakespeare Lives, an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. #ShakespeareLives. It is presented in partnership with the Toronto Poetry Project.

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In Conversation with Hisham Matar

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 6:30 PM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Reading/ Interview: Festival
Participants: Alexandra Grigorescu, Hisham Matar, Marivel Taruc

Acclaimed author and professor Hisham Matar presents The Return, a memoir of his journey to find his father and rediscover his country. Following the reading, Matar will be interviewed by CBC’s Marivel Taruc. This event is hosted by Alexandra Grigorescu.



IFOA Woodstock

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Knox Presbyterian Church
Reading: Lit On Tour
Participants: Lisa de Nikolits, John Jantunen, Jacob Wren

Join Lisa de Nikolits, John Jantunen and Jacob Wren for a live reading in Woodstock.

In partnership with

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The Last Line with Heike Steinweg

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace
Interview: Festival
Participants: Sara Knelman, Heike Steinweg

German portrait photographer Heike Steinweg has photographed authors from around the world for several years. It was her love of literature that inspired The Last Line, in which Steinweg asked international authors living in Berlin to meditate on the last lines of their books. Alongside stirring anecdotes, their responses offer a compelling glimpse into an artist’s creative process. Steinweg will be interviewed by Sara Knelman.

Visit the free exhibition at Harbourfront Centre throughout Festival. Authors featured in the exhibition include Jonathan Safran Foer, Nathan Englander, Nicole Krauss, lê thi diem thúy, Jonathan Lethem, Aris Fioretos, Marie NDiaye, Ben Marcus, Janne Teller, Assaf Gavron, Ilija Trojanow, Ingo Schulze and Madeleine Thien among others.



Bright Precious Days with Jay Mclnerney

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Reading/ Interview: Festival
Participants: Linda Barnard, Emily M. Keeler, Jay McInerney

Novelist and wine connoisseur, Jay McInerney, presents the final book in a trilogy following the lives of Corrine and Russell Calloway. Bright Precious Days is a sexy, vibrant, cross-generational New York story–a literary and commercial triumph. The reading will be followed by an interview with Toronto Star’s Linda Barnard. This event is hosted by Emily M. Keeler.

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