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.”

Roch Carrier reads from The Hockey Sweater

Roch Carrier reads from his immensely popular story The Hockey Sweater. Considered an iconic work of Canadian literature, a line from the story even appeared on the Canadian five-dollar bill for a period.  

John Pearce on manuscripts

John Pearce is currently a literary agent with Westwood Creative Artists. He previously served as editor-in-chief at Doubleday Canada and executive editor at Random House of Canada. John has had a long and distinguished career in publishing. In the clip below, he discusses what he looks for when a manuscript first comes across his desk. […]

Elyse Friedman reads from Long Story Short

Talented Canadian writer and IFOA 2014 participant Elyse Friedman reads from the beginning of “Truth,” part of her collection of short stories, Long Story Short.  

Lewis DeSoto on Emily Carr

Lewis DeSoto is both a writer and artist whose paintings have been exhibited across Canada. A former editor of the Literary Review of Canada, DeSoto has published essays and short stories in numerous journals, and his novel A Blade of Grass was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. In this clip, DeSoto talks about his […]

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