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Saturday, October 21

Toronto Lit Up Launch of Launches

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 5:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Reception: IFOA

Celebrate with the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA the first year of the Toronto Lit Up programme. Meet authors Diana Biacora, David Bradford, Claire Cameron, Domenico Capilongo, Nicole Chin, Dalton Derkson, Jane Farrow, Maureen FitzGerald, Joanna Goodman, Barbara Gowdy, Catherine Graham, Laurie D. Graham,  Irene Guilford, Doyali Islam, Ian Kamau, R. Kolewe, Kateri Lanthier, Deb Loughead, Jennifer LoveGrove, Canisia Lubrin, Pasha Malla, Tim McCaskell, Sofia Mostaghimi, Mary Jennifer Payne, Rahim Thawer, Catriona Wright and many more at this free reception!

RSVP here!

This event is part of Ontario Day.


Ontario Day has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.



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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Mystery: Quest for the Truth

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Reading/ Interview: IFOA
Participants: Sara Blaedel, James Grainger, Peter Robinson, Dan Wakin

Detective Louise Rick meets Inspector Alan Banks. The New York Times editor, Dan Wakin, interviews crime writers Sara Blaedel and Peter Robinson. Hosted by James Grainger.

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

Presented in partnership with the New York Times.





Come Rhyme with Me

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Main Loft, Harbourfront Centre
Special Event: IFOA
Participants: Dean Atta, Deanna Rodger

Enjoy a night of rhyming and rice and peas with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger alongside a menu of performers chosen for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you. For all lingual lovers, slammers, singers and rappers, this spoken word explosion is presented as a dining experience – with a set menu of performers. The evening will have an open mic at the start and a distinctly relaxed Caribbean feel with a delicious meal.

This event is co-presented by Toronto Poetry Project, IFOA and the British Council Canada.







IFOA Windsor

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Daniel Patrick Kelly Theatre, Capitol Theatre
Reading/ Interview: Litontour
Participants: Kia Corthron

Kia Corthron and Christopher Paul Curtis talk about Corthron’s debut novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter. Do not miss the opportunity to hear her read live!



“Kia Corthron’s first novel is a stunning achievement by any measure…” – Angela Davis


Tickets can be purchased through BookFest Windsor.

This event is presented in partnership with:


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In Conversation with Roddy Doyle

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre
Reading/ Interview: IFOA
Participants: Roddy Doyle, Deborah Dundas

Toronto Star‘s editor Deborah Dundas interviews Man Booker Prize winner and distinguished author Roddy Doyle about his new novel Smile. With his sharp humor and dialogue, Doyle explores memory, trauma and our connection to the past.

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






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