10 Authors to Read This Black History Month (and Beyond)

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The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is proud to take part in Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba 2018: the longest-running Black History Month celebration in Toronto. On Wednesday, February 7 we’ll host a thought-provoking discussion about writing and authorship, and opportunities and impediments to success in the book industry. The conversation will include authors Simone DaltonRinaldo Walcott and Whitney French, and will be moderated by CBC Toronto journalist Dwight Drummond, and hosted by David Bradford.

Be sure to explore the work of our featured authors before this special event:

Simone Dalton‘s short story “Undersigned” in The Unpublished City

Rinaldo Walcott‘s Queer Returns: Essays On Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies and Black Like Who? Writing Black Canada

Whitney French‘s short story “Glass” in Black Notes: Young Black Voices before

The IFOA has had the pleasure of featuring numerous voices that honour the heritage, traditions and culture of Black communities here in Canada and across the globe. In honour of Black History Month, we’ve selected ten Black authors from the IFOA archives whose work we invite you to read this February, and all year round.

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The Walking Cities Panel at IFOA 2017

Walking Cities is a literary program connecting writers from Canada and the UK in 4 cities—Toronto, Winnipeg, Montréal and Vancouver—to exchange ideas related to identities, places and territories. The project is present by the British Council Canada and you can watch the short films here. In partnership with the British Council Canada, IFOA 2017 hosted a panel […]

Toronto’s International Festival of Authors Returns with a Stellar Lineup of Celebrated and Emerging Authors!

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Toronto’s International Festival of Authors is proud to announce the authors participating in the 2017 festival!  The  IFOA takes place from October 19 to the 29th at the Harbourfront Center.  These eleven days are packed with readings, one-on-one interviews, thought-provoking panel discussions, special events and free book signings. Tickets go on sale on September 16th!

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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.