IFOA takes you around the world. For an hour and a half you will be transported to three continents and nine countries with readings by Mireia Calafell, David Coventry, Hideo Furukawa, Norbert Gstrein, Nicola Lagioia, David Machado, Eduard Márquez, Siân Northey, Maja Vidmar and Rohan Wilson. Hosted by Brian Francis.
This event has a Door Prize. You have a chance to win a library valued up to $500, courtesy of Thomas Allen & Son.
Mireia Calafell is the author of Poètiques del cos, Costures and Tantesmudes. In 2015, she was awarded the Lletra d’Or for the best book published in Catalan for Tantesmudes, which has recently been translated into Spanish. Her poetry has been included in anthologies published in Argentina, Brazil, Holand, UK, the United Arab Emirates and Spain. Calafell also works for Artsmoved, where she is involved in the development of cultural and educational projects as well as studies into cultural politics. She has had several articles published in cultural studies research journals and, in 2016, became the co-director of the i+ Poetry festival. She presents Forked Tongues. Supported by the Institut Ramon Llull.
David Coventry’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Invisible Mile, won the 2016 Hubert Church Award for Fiction in his native New Zealand and was a finalist for the prestigious Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Born in 1969, Coventry lives and writes on the side of a hill in Wellington. Supported by Creative New Zealand.
Brian Francis’ most recent novel, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of the year. His first novel, Fruit, was a Canada Reads finalist and was named one of Amazon’s “100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime.” He is a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter and writes a monthly advice column, The Agony Editor, for Quill & Quire magazine. Follow him on Twitter @briantfrancis
Hideo Furukawa was born in 1966 in Fukushima, and is highly regarded for the richness of his storytelling and his willingness to experiment; he changes his style with every new book. His best known novel is the 2008 Holy Family, an epic work of alternate history set in north-eastern Japan. He has received the Mystery Writers of Japan Award, the Japan SF Grand Prize and the Yukio Mishima award. He presents Slow Boat. Supported by the Japan Foundation (Toronto)
Norbert Gstrein was born in 1961 in the Austrian Tyrol, and studied mathematics at Innsbruck and Stanford, California. He is the author of The English Years, which won widespread critical acclaim in Germany and was awarded the coveted Alfred Döblin Prize. Supported by the Goethe-Institute.
Nicola Lagioia, Italy’s most critically acclaimed contemporary novelist, won the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, with Ferocity. His novels have also won the Volponi, Straniero, and Viareggio literary awards. In 2010, he was named one of Italy’s best writers under 40. He is a jury member of the Venice Film Festival and the program director of the 2017 Turin Book Fair. Lagioia is a contributor to Italy’s most prominent culture pages. He was born in Bari, and lives in Rome. Ferocity is his English-language debut. Supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Toronto, San Francisco) and Europa Editions.
David Machado hails from Lisbon, Portugal, and writes fiction for both adults and children. His books have been awarded literary prizes, including the European Union Prize for Literature for the Portuguese version of his novel, Índicemédio de felicidade (The Shelf Life of Happiness), which he adapted into a screenplay in 2016. When he’s not traveling, he lives in Lisbon with his wife and two children. Supported by Consulate General of Portugal (Toronto).
Eduard Márquez lives in Barcelona. He published two books of poetry in Spanish before writing Zugzwang, his first work in Catalan. He has continued writing in Catalan, publishing another collection of short fiction, twelve children's books, and four novels. His work has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish. He presents Brandes’ Decision. Supported by Acción Cultural Española, AC/E.
Siân Northey has published fiction for children and adults, as well as poetry and creative non-fiction. Rhyd y Gro (Gomer, 2016) is her second novel for adults. Her first poetry collection Trwy Ddyddiau Gwydr (Through Glass Days; Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) was shortlisted for the 2013 Wales Book of the Year Award. Spanish translations of eight of her poems will be included in an anthology published in Mexico. She is currently studying part time for a PhD in Creative Writing at the School of Welsh at Bangor University, and was selected to the Writers at Work programme at the 2016 Hay Festival. Supported by the British Council in Canada.
Maja Vidmar (Slovenia) lives and works in Ljubljana as a freelance writer. She is one of the most visible of Slovene poets, having already broken fresh ground with her first collection, Razdalje telesa (Distances of the Body, 1984). She will be presenting The Gift of Delay: Selected Poems. Supported by the Slovenia Book Agency
Rohan Wilson was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelists in 2012. His debut novel, The Roving Party, won the 2011 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award as well as the Margaret Scott and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. To Name Those Lost won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Adelaide Festival Award for Best Novel. Wilson lives in Tasmania. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.