Toronto’s International Festival of Authors Returns October 2017

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Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is proud to announce the presenting lineup of authors for the 38th edition of the Festival. Taking place October 19 to October 29 at the Harbourfront Centre, the festival will welcome the world’s best writers for readings, one-on-one interviews, thought-provoking panel discussions, special events and free book signings. During the 11 day event, book lovers will have the opportunity to engage with their favorite celebrated authors and discover emerging literary voices from near and far.

IFOA is delighted to welcome award-winning and best-selling Canadian authors André Alexis,Dionne Brand, Liona Boyd, Claire Cameron, George Elliott Clarke, Emma Donoghue, Barbara Gowdy, Helen Humphreys, Frances Itani, Pasha Malla, Lee Maracle, Anne Michaels, Heather O’Neill, Carol Off, Eden Robinson, Seth, David Silcox, Linda Spaldingand Kathleen Winter.

Visiting Toronto to present their works are international authors: Chantel Acevedo (USA), Sarah Bailey (Australia), Mark Billingham (UK), Sara Blaedel (Denmark), John Boyne (Ireland), Chris Brookmyre (UK), Mireia Calafell (Catalonia, Spain), Vahni Capildeo (UK), Catherine Chidgey(New Zealand), Setz J. Clemens (Austria), Kia Corthron (USA), David Coventry (New Zealand), Marie Darrieussecq (France), Roddy Doyle (Ireland), Hideo Furukawa (Japan), Mary Gaitskill (USA), Norbert Gstrein (Germany), Nicola Lagioia (Italy), David Machado (Portugal),Eduard Márquez (Spain), Maja Vidmar (Slovenia), Immanuel Mifsud (Malta), Sylvain Prudhomme (France), Colm Tóibín (Ireland), Adrian Tomine (USA), and Rohan Wilson(Australia). Spoken word artists Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger (UK) will join local slam poets to offer an immersive experience to all present.

For all those who admire the art of poesy, these Canadian poets will awe the imagination: Gwen BenawayRonna BloomRoo BorsonAmanda EarlMichael FraserJulie Cameron Gray Jennifer LoveGroveJohn NymanNicholas PowerStuart RossDane Swan and Catriona Wright.

Among this year’s slate of attending authors are a number of exciting debut novelists including David BouchetNicholas EamesK.J HoweRachel ManleyJean E. PendziwolJesse Ruddock and Mary Walsh, as well as emerging writer, Toronto’s Grace O’Connell.


Audiences will also have the opportunity to discover the power of the short story with Michelle BerryCarol BruneauBill GastonDiane Schoemperlen and Drew Hayden Taylor, and dive into the many worlds of historical fiction with Janie ChangDavid LaytonBianca Marais,Alison PickRoberta Rich, and Emily Schultz.

In just over a year, IFOA and the Toronto Arts Council have hosted 25 book launch events, providing support to approximately 60 local authors with career-building presentation opportunities. Join us as we celebrate the literary accomplishments of Diana BiacoraDavid BradfordClaire CameronDomenico CapilongoNicole ChinDalton DerksonJane FarrowMaureen FitzGeraldJoanna GoodmanBarbara GowdyCatherine GrahamIrene GuilfordDoyali IslamIan KamauRaplph KoleweKateri LanthierDeb LougheadJennifer LoveGroveCanisia LubrinPasha MallaTim McCaskellSofia MostaghimiMary Jennifer PayneRahim ThawerCatriona Wright and many more!

For more information about IFOA and this year’s programming and presenting authors, please visit Stay tuned for the full Festival schedule announcement on September 19. Tickets go on-sale the same day.

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