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2016 IV Keynote Address

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 3:30 PM
Studio Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Keynote: Festival
Participants: Elisabeth Schmitz

As part of the International Visitors (IV) Programme, industry guests from around the world come together to share international perspectives on the publishing industry. This year will feature a keynote address by Elisabeth Schmitz, the Vice President and Editorial Director of Grove Atlantic.

The (IV) Programme was established to offer a cultural exchange between Canada’s finest talent and some of the most influential publishing figures from around the world, providing Canadian authors, publishers and agents a competitive advantage in securing international rights and distribution deals. The Programme offers the Canadian publishing industry the opportunity to host a small group of key international publishing professionals over a six-day period against the prestigious backdrop of the IFOA, exposing them to the Canadian book world at its celebratory best, when our nation’s top talent gathers in one city.




Monday, October 24, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre
Special Event: Festival
Participants: Gary Barwin, Anosh Irani, Carol Off, Kerry-Lee Powell, Miriam Toews

Don’t miss stimulating round table discussion with authors shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction. Unfortunately Madeleine Thien and Katherena Vermette will not be in attendance. Anosh Irani will read for Thien and Lee Maracle will read for Vermette. The CBC’s Carol Off moderates.

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Prior to the round table, Miriam Toews will accept the 2016 Harbourfront Festival Prize.


This event is organised in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to mark the 80th Anniversary of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.


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Interpreting the Past

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Reading/Round Table: Festival
Participants: Hugh Brewster, Catherine Graham, Adam Hochschild, Guy Gavriel Kay, Lola Lafon, Daniel Scott Tysdal

Join Adam Hochschild, Guy Gavriel Kay, Lola Lafon and Daniel Scott Tysdal as they explore the theme of writing about history. This event will be moderated by Hugh Brewster and hosted by Catherine Graham.


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