Heather O’Neill reads from The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

We were so excited to see the longlist for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction! Nominee Heather O’Neill was on our stage last spring to present her longlisted novel, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. Listen to Heather read from this unforgettable coming-of-age tale below.

Augusten Burroughs on This Is How

Critically acclaimed American author Augusten Burroughs discussed This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike at IFOA in 2012. He was interviewed by Bert Archer. Check out the conversation below!  

Russell Banks on The Darling

At the 2004 International Festival of Authors, award-winning American author Russell Banks discussed his novel The Darling with Canadian playwright David Young. Hear their fascinating conversation about place, point of view, politics and more below.

J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As part of the International Festival of Author‘s YoungIFOA programming in October 2007, we hosted the author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, at a sold-out event at the Winter Garden Theatre. For those of you not lucky enough to be in attendance, you can hear her reading from the seventh book in the […]

Roxane Gay on An Untamed State

This past weekend, “bad feminist” Roxane Gay read from and discussed her debut novel, An Untamed State, to a packed crowd in the Brigantine Room. The energy in the room was electric and the audience was very engaged. If you missed this sold-out event, listen to the full audio below!

Joan Didion on Blue Nights

In November 2011, the incomparable Joan Didion graced our stage to discuss her memoir Blue Nights. The book is a work of stunning frankness about losing her daughter. You can listen to Joan’s full conversation with author Margaret MacMIllan below.

Irvine Welsh on Crime

In October 2008, bestselling Scottish author Irvine Welsh graced our stage to read from and discuss his novel Crime, which had recently been released in Canada. The book offers a shocking account of one man’s encounter with a dangerous pedophile ring. It is a remarkable story about the corruption and abuse of the human soul […]

Anna Hope and Sarah Waters at IFOA 35

During #IFOA35, Carol Off of CBC’s As it Happens conducted a double interview with debut novelist Anna Hope and acclaimed writer Sarah Waters. Listen to the audio below, where Hope and Waters discuss their WWI-set novels.

How We Live Now

At #IFOA35, Canadian storytellers Dionne Brand, Joseph Kertes, Carrie Snyder and Michael Winter took the stage to discuss how we’re shaped not only by our contemporary lives, but by the past of our country. Listen to their entire conversation, moderated by Brian Francis, below.

James Ellroy on Blood’s a Rover

We were lucky enough to have the “demon dog” of literature, American author James Ellroy, on our stage during #IFOA35 this fall. In 2009, he joined us for a special reading and discussion of Blood’s a Rover, the wild conclusion to his popular Underworld USA trilogy. Listen to the interview in its entirety below.

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