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Forest of Reading® and the Festival of Trees™ Day 3

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Harbourfront Centre
Author appearance, Courses & workshops, Meet and Greet, Special Event: Young Readers

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-frenchThe 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.

Thursday award ceremonies:

Le Prix Tamarac
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 10am
Concert Stage

Le Prix Tamarac Express
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 11:30am
Concert Stage

Le Prix Peuplier
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 1pm
Concert Stage

For award ceremonies happening on May 16, please click here. For award ceremonies happening on May 17, please click here.

Toronto Lit Up: Any Other Way

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Buddies In Bad Times
Book Launch
Participants: Stephanie Chambers, Jane Farrow, Maureen FitzGerald, Ed Jackson, John Lorinc, Tim McCaskell, Rebecka Sheffield, Tatum Taylor, Rahim Thawer

IFOA and Coach House Books invite you to the release of Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

Toronto is home to multiple and thriving queer communities that reflect the dynamism of a global city. Any Other Way is an eclectic and richly illustrated local history that reveals how these individuals and community networks have transformed Toronto from a place of churches and conservative mores into a city that has consistently led the way in queer activism, not just in Canada but internationally. From the earliest pioneers to the parades, pride and politics of the contemporary era, Any Other Way draws on a range of voices to explore how the residents of queer Toronto have shaped and reshaped one of the world’s most diverse cities.

Join us at Buddies In Bad Times and celebrate new work!



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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