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Thursday, March 02

An Evening with the Taylor Prize Award finalists

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
Author appearance, Special Event: IFOA Weekly

RBC Taylor Prize 2013Don’t miss an evening with the five finalists of the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. A lively discussion, moderated by The Globe and Mail‘s Mark Medley, will be followed by an audience Q&A.

The 2017 RBC Taylor Prize finalists are:

You can find more information about the RBC Taylor Prize shortlist here.

Thursday, March 16

Toronto Lit Up: Kerry Clare

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Ben McNally Books
Book Launch: Toronto Lit Up
Participants: Kerry Clare

IFOA and HarperCollins invite you to the release of Mitzi Bytes by Kerry Clare as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

“In Mitzi Bytes, Kerry Clare melds a stew of motherhood, modernity and mounting, with a sly combo of raucous humour, dollops of humanity and lively congenial truths. This is a delightful novel where a woman finds self-acceptance amid the unfortunate ramifications of her snappy social observations.” —Anakana Schofield, Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Martin John

A grown-up Harriet the Spy for the digital age, Mitzi Bytes examines the bonds of family and friendship, and the truths we dare tell about ourselves—and others.

Please RSVP to if you will be joining us at Ben McNally Books for this free event!



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, March 22

IFOA Weekly presents Steve Burrows and Steven Heighton

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Reading & Book Presentation: IFOA Weekly
Participants: Steve Burrows, Steven Heighton, Ania Szado

Steve Burrows and Steven Heighton share the IFOA stage to read from and talk about their new books. Join them as they share their creative process, character development and themes they explore in A Shimmer of Hummingbirds and The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep. Ania Szado will host the event.


In the fourth book in the acclaimed Birder Murder Mystery Series, Chief Inspector Jejeune— our lovable and complex protagonist —finds himself in the jungles of Colombia looking for both hummingbirds and answers in his fugitive brother’s manslaughter case.

“It’s clear where Burrows is taking this series — more birds, and more murder. That’s a good thing.”

Globe and Mail

Elias Trifannis is desperate to belong somewhere. To make his dying ex-cop father happy, he joins the military – but in Afghanistan, by the time he realizes his last-minute bid for connection was a terrible mistake, it’s too late and a tragedy has occurred. In the aftermath, exhausted by nightmares, Elias is sent to Cyprus to recover, where he attempts to find comfort in the arms of Eylul, a beautiful Turkish journalist.

“This book won’t let the reader sleep… a rich and disturbing literary thriller.” – Annie Proulx, author of Barkskins




Wednesday, March 29

Poetry NOW: 9th Annual Battle of the Bards

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Brigantine Room
Poetry NOW: IFOA Weekly
Participants: Majlinda Bashllari, Susie Berg, Ronna Bloom, Glen Downie, Amanda Earl, David B. Goldstein, Julie Cameron Gray, Jill Jorgenson, Patricia Keeney, Jennifer LoveGrove… (10 others)

1 stage. 20 poets. 1 winner.11 Poetry NOW logo

Our popular poetry competition returns in 2017 to feature readings by 20 of Canada’s emerging and established poets.

IFOA Director Geoffrey E. Taylor, Juno award winning recording artist and dub poet Lillian Allen and 2016 Poetry NOW winner Chris Chambers will select the night’s winner. NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole will host.

Winner will receive an automatic invitation to read at the 38th edition of the International Festival of Authors AND an ad for their book and IFOA event in NOW Magazine!

Poetry NOW is presented in partnership with NOW Magazine.

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