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.

Forms of Fiction

A novel, a short story collection, an encyclopedic collage. Canadian authors Emma Donoghue, Aislinn Hunter, Eliza Robertson and Diane Schoemperlen had a riveting discussion about the myriad forms a story can take at this year’s IFOA with moderator Catherine Bush. In case you missed it, hear the entire conversation below.  

Anthony De Sa reads fom Barnacle Love

Anthony De Sa reads from his 2008 novel, Barnacle Love, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is a set of interlinked stories brimming with life, the innocent dreams and bitter disappointments of the immigrant experience. De Sa was a participant in this year’s Delegate Programme at #IFOA35, where he and other […]

Joseph Boyden reads from Through Black Spruce

Joseph Boyden reads the first chapter from his 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel, Through Black Spruce, a story of contemporary aboriginal life, full of danger and the harsh beauty of both forest and city. Boyden appeared at #IFOA35 in a special event to celebrate Penguin’s 40th anniversary.

RBC Taylor Prize Spotlight: We Were Here First

During the 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors, four talented Aboriginal authors (Thomas King, Lee Maracle, Ellen van Neerven and Samuel Wagan Watson) discussed Indigenous writing traditions and contemporary Indigenous literature, as part of the RBC Taylor Prize Spotlight. CBC’s Waubgeshig Rice moderated. Hear this fascinating discussion (in full) below.

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