A Warm Reception for CanLit in China

11th Bookworm Literary Festival in Beijing, China. (L to R): Shari Lapena, Ronna Bloom, Christine Saratsiotis, Sylvain Neuvel and Geoffrey E. Taylor. March 2018.

11th Bookworm Literary Festival in Beijing, China. (L to R): Shari Lapena, Ronna Bloom, Christine Saratsiotis (Festival Deputy Director), Sylvain Neuvel and Geoffrey E. Taylor (Festival Director).

Last month Geoffrey E. Taylor (Director) and Christine Saratsiotis (Deputy Director) of the Toronto International Festival of Authors took three Canadian writers—Ronna BloomShari Lapena and Sylvain Neuvel— to the 11th Bookworm Literary Festival in Beijing, China, as part of our international touring programme. We asked the writers what they thought about the the reception of Canadian literature in China and more.

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Did you know? IFOA is Touring Canadian Authors Internationally!

This photo from IFOA Greece 2016, in partnership with the Thessaloniki International Book Fair, shows authors from Israel and Greece in addition to Canadian authors Madeleine Thien and Joseph Kertes discussing borders of language and the universality of ideas. Photo courtesy of the Thessaloniki International Book Fair.

This photo from IFOA Greece 2016, in partnership with the Thessaloniki International Book Fair, shows authors from Israel and Greece in addition to Canadian authors Madeleine Thien and Joseph Kertes discussing borders of language and the universality of ideas. Photo courtesy of the Thessaloniki International Book Fair.

IFOA Director, Geoffrey Taylor, and IFOA Associate Director, Christine Saratsiotis, have been on the road a lot lately.

Many know about IFOA’s mission to present the finest contemporary international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers at our annual 11-day festival at the end of October (October 19 – 29, 2017). Many may also know of the Lit On Tour: IFOA Ontario provincial touring programme, which runs this year from October 3 – November 23, 2017 and will include IFOA pop-up events at 19 locations across the province.

But did you know that IFOA does international touring as well?

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