Choy, Wayson (c) M.J. Morris

Wayson Choy reads from All That Matters

Wayson Choy’s bestselling debut novel, The Jade Peony, shared the Trillium Book Award for best book in 1995 and won the 1996 City of Vancouver Book Award. Its companion novel, All That Matters, also won a Trillium Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2005 Giller Prize. In this clip, Choy reads a selection from […]

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Margaret MacMillan named Harbourfront Festival Prize recipient

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, Margaret MacMillan! With many accolades to her name, including the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award, Margaret MacMillan was selected for the annual Harbourfront Festival Prize based on the merits of her published work and her contributions to fostering the next […]

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Nino Ricci discusses The Origin of Species

Nino Ricci’s first novel, Lives of the Saints, garnered international acclaim and won a host of awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. He won the same prize again in 2008 for his novel The Origin of Species. In this clip, Ricci talks about narrative voice and his reluctance to use the first […]

Humphreys, Helen (c) Ayelet Tsabari

Helen Humphreys reads from The Frozen Thames

Helen Humphreys is the award-winning, bestselling author of four books of poetry, six novels and two works of creative non-fiction. In this clip, Humphreys reads from her 2007 book, The Frozen Thames.

Valerie Martin reads from Trespass

Valerie Martin is the author of nine novels, including Property, which won the 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction. In this clip, Martin reads from her 2008 novel, Trespass. Martin will appear at this year’s Festival alongside her other faculty members from the Humber School for Writers.

Charlotte Gray discusses and reads from Extraordinary Canadians: Nellie McClung

Charlotte Gray is a historian and author. The Winnipeg Free Press described her as “one of Canada’s best-loved writers of popular history and literary biography.” In this clip, Gray talks about Nellie McClung, regarded by many as the foremost leader of the women’s suffrage movement in Canada. She shares an anecdote and a passage from […]

Caroline Adderson reads from Pleased to Meet You

Caroline Adderson, author of Ellen in Pieces and an #IFOA35 participant, reads from her 2006 collection, Pleased to Meet You, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She reads the first story in the collection, entitled “Falling.”

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