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Sunday, November 01

‘Membering: A Celebration of Austin Clarke

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 12:00 PM
Brigantine Room
Author appearance, Reading, Special Event: IFOA
Participants: Garvia Bailey, George Elliott Clarke, Lawrence Hill, Dane Swan

Austin Clarke is one of the country’s foremost authors and a Member of the Order of Canada, whose work includes 10 novels, six short story collections, three memoirs and two collections of poetry. He is a recipient of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the W.O. Mitchell Prize and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Excellence in Writing, among others.

This fall, the IFOA hosts some of the country’s top literary talent, including George Elliott Clarke and Lawrence Hill, as they reflect on Austin Clarke’s influence and present readings from his new memoir, ’Membering, and his latest poetry collection, In Your Crib. Garvia Bailey hosts.


This event is presented in partnership with

15 Dundurn                15 Guernica


In Conversation with Rosemary Sullivan

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 12:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre
Author appearance, Interview, Reading, Special Event: IFOA
Participants: Chrese Evans, Anne Michaels, Grace O'Connell, Rosemary Sullivan

Don’t miss award-winning writer and Officer of the Order of Canada Rosemary Sullivan in conversation with celebrated Canadian author Anne Michaels. Sullivan’s most recent non-fiction work, Stalin’s Daughter, tells the incredible story of Svetlana Alliluyeva, who was fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators. Sullivan and Michaels will be joined onstage by Svetlana’s daughter, Chrese, in a rare public appearance. Author Grace O’Connell hosts.

Blurred Lines

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 1:00 PM
Studio Theatre
Author appearance, Round table: IFOA
Participants: Edgar Cantero, James Grainger, Alexandra Grigorescu, Andrew Pyper, Robert J. Wiersema

Can horror be literary? Join novelists Edgar CanteroAlexandra GrigorescuAndrew Pyper and Robert J. Wiersema as they discuss blurring the lines between commercial horror and literary fiction in their latest works. Author James Grainger will moderate and participate.

READING: Gale, Johnston, Motion, Nikolaidou and Toltz

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 2:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace
Author appearance, Reading: IFOA
Participants: Patrick Gale, Sheniz Janmohamed, Sharon Johnston, Andrew Motion, Sophia Nikolaidou, Steve Toltz

Writers Patrick Gale, Sharon Johnston, Andrew Motion, Sophia Nikolaidou and Steve Toltz read from their latest works. Sheniz Janmohamed hosts.

Toronto Book Awards Celebration

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 2:00 PM
Brigantine Room
Author appearance, Round table, Special Event: IFOA
Participants: Austin Clarke, Charlotte Gray, Helen Humphreys, Rabindranath Maharaj, John Sewell, Rosemary Sullivan, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Richard B. Wright

In 2014, Toronto City Council commemorated the 40th anniversary of the City of Toronto Book Awards with a plan to establish the Toronto Book Garden at Harbourfront Centre. The Garden will feature the names of authors and winning book titles engraved in paving stones. New stones will be added each year in ongoing recognition of the Awards and the city that provides inspiration to so many writers. To  celebrate the Garden’s establishment, past Toronto Book Award winners Austin Clarke (2009), Charlotte Gray (2014), Helen Humphreys (1998), Rabindranath Maharaj (2011), Rosemary Sullivan (1996), Guy Vanderhaeghe (1990) and Richard B. Wright (1974) will discuss their winning books. The moderator of the panel will be former mayor John Sewell, who presented the proposal to City Council in 1974 to create the City of Toronto Book Awards.

The panel discussion will be followed by a ground-breaking ceremony at 3pm in front of the Queen’s Quay Terminal.

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