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Thursday, October 12

Toronto Lit Up: Ronna Bloom

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 18:30 - 20:30
Ben McNally Books
Book Launch: Toronto Lit Up
Participants: Ronna Bloom

IFOA and Pedlar Press invite you to the release of The More by Ronna Bloom as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

ronna“When my last book came out in 2012, I was just starting my job as Poet in Residence at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and was beginning to bring poetry to other unexpected places. I didn’t know that this book would be about health, care, mortality, meditation, vulnerability, compassion, loss, subversion, and spontaneity until it began to coalesce. On an airplane, I wrote the essay “Walking the Hospital,” the centre of the book, a space that contemplates the activity of walking within an institution while trying to see what’s needed and what can be offered in moments of need, when nothing seems enough.” – Ronna Bloom







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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Saturday, October 14

IFOA Orillia

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Stephen Leacock Museum & National Historic Site
Reading: Litontour
Participants: Ted Barris, Liona Boyd, Steve Burrows

IFOA Orillia  welcomes award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster Ted Barris, Queen of Guitar Liona Boyd and writer of the Birder Murder Mysteries Steve Burrows. Do not miss the opportunity to hear them read live from their latest work!

Tickets go on sale on September 16th.

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Tuesday, October 17

IFOA Etobicoke

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Assembly Hall
Reading/ Interview: Litontour
Participants: Sylvain Prudhomme

The IFOA joins its Etobicoke partners to bring Sylvain Prudhomme, one of the most exciting contemporary novelists in France, to the By the Lake Book Club! He will discuss his most recently translated book The Greats with Wendy O’Brien. In this work, Sylvain Prudhomme revisits the famous 70s music group Super Mama Djombo, as seen through the eyes of Couto, the laconic guitarist.



In language that is strong, poetic, and understated, Prudhomme tells the story of a population who knew hope and independence but now live under the oppressive rule of an army dictatorship. The Greats is a novel and of mourning, love, and thirst for justice.



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Thursday, October 19

Art and Politics in the Age of Resistance

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre
Opening Night Special Event: IFOA
Participants: André Alexis, Kia Corthron, Eileen Myles

Join award winning author André Alexis on our opening night as he discusses art and politics in the age of resistance with Kia Corthron and Eileen Myles.

Tickets go on sale on September 16th.

This event has a Door Prize. You have a chance to win a library valued up to $500, courtesy of Coach House Books.




IFOA Midland

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Midland Cultural Centre
Reading: Litontour
Participants: Siân Northey, Vivek Shraya

IFOA Midland is delighted to welcome Vivek Shraya, an artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. She will be joined by poet Siân Northey hailing from Wales. Do not miss the opportunity to hear them read live!

Tickets can be purchased through Midland Cultural Centre.


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