A Tribute to Jane Jacobs

Robert Kanigel, Nathan Storring, and Samuel Zipp discuss Jane Jacobs’ legacy and how she changed our perception of the neighborhood and the city with David Miller.

PEN Canada Benefit: By Word and Deed

Writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis in conversation with Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost, To End All Wars, and, most recently, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, about the lessons we learn from writers and activists battling fascism, racism, and other forms of injustice.  

Five Artists, Five Ways

Learn more about the complex work of contemporary graphic novelists, combining words and images. Meet cartoonists Michael DeForge, Nick Drnaso, Jon McNaught, and Chris Oliveros as they discuss the art of the graphic novel, from inspiration to the story strip, with Seth.  

Pushing the Boundaries

Amy Jones, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Suzana Tratnik and Charlotte Wood talks about female character portrayals in literature and the consequences of women pushing social boundaries with NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole.  

Michael Ondaatje interviews Sunila Galappatti

Award-winning author Michael Ondaatje interviews Sunila Galappatti about working with a ranking prisoner in Sri Lanka’s civil war to write A Long Watch, a memoir of his captivity.  

In Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen

2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen interviewed by Giller winner, Dr. Vincent Lam. “Nguyen, born in Vietnam but raised in the United States, brings a distinct perspective to the war and its aftermath. His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look […]

Creative Catalysts

From the IFOA vaults, a round table from 2007 with Giller Prize-winning author Will Ferguson, bestselling crime writer Peter Robinson, 2015 RBC Taylor Prize nominee M.G. Vassanji and Governor General Award-winning author Richard B. Wright. They discuss what they’re reading in a panel entitled “Creative Catalysts.” Canadian writer Randy Boyagoda moderates.

Kim Thúy reads from Mãn

Last week, Kim Thúy‘s novel Ru won Canada Reads 2015: One Book To Break Barriers! We were lucky enough to have this delightful author at the International Festival of Authors last fall, where she presented her latest novel, Mãn. You can listen to a reading of this beautiful book below. And, if you missed any of […]

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