Festival Focus: Brave New Word

Each year, we devote a number of events to authors and books within a particular focus. This year, we’re putting the spotlight on young and emerging authors writing in genres from literary fiction to memoir, poetry to thriller. Join us as we celebrate some of the world’s most exciting new voices with readings, round table discussions and our first-ever, FREE Artist Talks, featuring award-winning international writers talking about the unique challenges and opportunities that writing and publishing present today.

We’re also hosting a Marathon Reading, an event featuring a variety of Festival authors (and a few surprise guests) reading short snippets of their work. And don’t miss a very special Journey Prize celebration with international bestselling author Yann Martel, who will be joined by other short story authors to discuss the award’s significance for emerging writers and to honour the short story form.


Saturday, October 26

12pm    ROUND TABLE Front Lines: Shani Boianjiu, Sahar Delijani, Anthony Marra, Abdellah Taïa. Host/Moderator: David Common. BRG

12pm    READING/INTERVIEW Polarities (co-presented by The Power Plant): Isabel Greenberg. Host/Interviewer: Jacob McArthur Mooney. SDT

4pm      MARATHON READING. Host: Rodge Glass. LST

Sunday, October 27

1pm      READING/INTERVIEW Koffler@IFOA – We Are Not Afraid: Shani Boianjiu. Interviewer: David Bezmozgis. Host: Valentine Moreno. LST

2pm      ROUND TABLE Two Solitudes: Krista Bridge, Perrine Leblanc. Host/Moderator: Marc Côté. SDT

5pm      ARTIST TALK: Rachel Kushner. Host: Rodge Glass. LST

Tuesday, October 29

5pm      ARTIST TALK: Nadeem Aslam. Host: Rodge Glass. SDT

8pm      READING The Avant-Garde: Eleanor Catton, Isabel Greenberg, Xiaolu Guo, Joanna Kavenna, Marisha Pessl. Host: Rodge Glass. LST

Wednesday, October 30

5pm      ARTIST TALK: Kevin Barry. Host: Rodge Glass. SDT

Thursday, October 31

8pm   JOURNEY PRIZE CELEBRATION: Steven Galloway, Elizabeth Hay, Miranda Hill, Alistair MacLeod, Pasha Malla, Lisa Moore, Alissa York. Emcee: Yann Martel. FDT

Saturday, November 2

12pm    ROUND TABLE The New Writing: Tamara Faith Berger, Craig Davidson, Mathew Henderson, D.W. Wilson. Host/Moderator: Rodge Glass. LST

Sunday, November 3

3pm      READING: Krista Bridge, Chris Eaton, Mathew Henderson, Chad Pelley. Host: Rodge Glass. LST


Tickets to the 34th annual International Festival of Authors are available now! All Festival events are $18/$15 supporters, EXCEPT:

Don’t miss out—buy your tickets early!


IFOA 2013 Preliminary Line-up Announced

Mark your calendars and crack those books! We are thrilled to announce our preliminary line-up for the 34th annual International Festival of Authors. From established literary heavyweights to emerging young authors, this year’s line-up features an incredible array of talent.

Over 60 authors—writing in categories from literary fiction to memoir, poetry to thriller—have been confirmed for the 34th annual IFOA. Among those confirmed are Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Anne Carson, Douglas Coupland, Stephen King, Sam Lipsyte and Lisa Moore.

For a full list of confirmed authors, please click here.

We are also pleased to announce that tickets have now gone on sale to three IFOA special events: readings by the authors nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Tickets can be purchased at the links above or by phone at 416-973-4000.

The 34th annual International Festival of Authors takes place October 24 to November 3, 2013.

34th IFOA Opening Night Authors Announced

Stephen King

(c) Shane Leonard

Get your tickets! The 34th annual International Festival of Authors and PEN Canada are delighted to announce that Stephen King and Owen King will appear in conversation with Louise Penny at this year’s benefit event.

Stephen King and his son Owen will discuss the writing life as part of the annual event with all proceeds going to PEN Canada.

Owen King

(c) Danielle Lurie

The event takes place Thursday, October 24 at 8pm in the Fleck Dance Theater at Harbourfront Centre. Tickets are $100. Advance tickets go on sale to official Authors at Harbourfront Centre Patrons and PEN Canada Patrons at 1pm Tuesday, April 16. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 1pm on Thursday, April 18. Those interested in becoming a Patron of Authors at Harbourfront Centre can call 416-973-4760. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000 or visiting readings.org.

For more information click here.

The 34th annual International Festival of Authors takes place October 24 to November 3, 2013.

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