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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads from Half of a Yellow Sun at the 2006 IFOA. Adichie is also the author of Purple Hibiscus and Americanah.
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.”
Author Miriam Toews discusses her writing process and how she’s always aware of her reader.
Emma Donoghue, author of the bestselling novel Room, reads from her 2008 novel, The Sealed Letter, at IFOA.