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In Conversation: Wayne Johnston & Linda Spalding

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:00 AM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Interview: Festival
Participants: Ian Austen, David Bradford, Wayne Johnston, Linda Spalding

New York Times reporter, Ian Austen, interviews Wayne Johnston and Linda Spalding about their literary career. Hosted by David Bradford.

The New York Times subscribers get a 50% discount to this event with promo code!

Presented in partnership with the New York Times.





Held in Suspense

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 1:00 PM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Roundtable: Festival
Participants: K. J Howe, Joseph Kertes, Shoilee Khan, Grace O'Connell, Andrew Pyper

What do The Freedom Broker, Be Ready For The Lighting and The Only Child have in common? The excitement of uncertainty. K.J Howe, Grace O’Connell and Andrew Pyper discuss the psychology of suspense with Joseph Kertes. Hosted by Shoilee Khan.

Improving Your Writing

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 13:00-16:00
Harbourfront Centre Boardroom
Workshop: Festival
Participants: Brian Francis, Nita Pronovost

Your writing is good, but how do you make it great? In this intensive workshop, bestselling novelist Brian Francis and Simon & Schuster Editorial Director Nita Pronovost give you the insider tips and tools to take your fiction writing to the next level.

The workshop will cover:

  • Beats in fiction
  • Characterization and exposition
  • Finding your voice
  • Avoiding unintentional repetition
  • Points of view
  • Showing, not telling
  • Style and sophistication
  • The role of an editor
  • The acquisition process
  • Book genres
  • The importance of story structure
  • Improving your prose

At the end of the session, you’ll have valuable insight that will not only help you become a better writer, but also help get your writing noticed by industry professionals.

What past participants have said:

“Best investment in my writing this year.”
“Thanks again for such an informative session.”
“Very helpful.”


This workshop is sold out! Thank you for registering.

In Conversation with Carol Off

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Interview: Festival
Participants: Carol Off, Catherine Porter, Ania Szado

CBC’s As It Happens host, Carol Off, has been covering human interest stories worldwide for decades. Her new book All We Leave Behind tells the story of an Afghan man, who exposes the warlords working arm in arm with the American and NATO troops. Once the secrets are out, he and his family are forced to go. Off will share Asad’s story with you in an interview with Catherine Porter. Hosted by Ania Szado.

The New York Times subscribers get a 50% discount to this event with promo code!

Presented in partnership with the New York Times.




A Republic, If You Can Keep It: Humber Liberal Arts @ IFOA Keynote

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 3:30 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre
Keynote: Humber Liberal Arts
Participants: Susan N. Herman

The State of (In)Equality: Social Justice Under Siege is the fourth annual interdisciplinary conference presented by Humber College’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in association with the International Festival of Authors. Some emergent themes to be explored at this year’s conference include: pluralistic identities, peace and justice, social construction of difference, gender inequality, eco-feminism and racialization.

Susan N. Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will present this year’s keynote address titled “A Republic If You Can Keep It” on October 28 at the Fleck Dance Theatre.

For more information on the conference, visit

Presented in partnership with Humber Liberal Arts

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