This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Festival of Authors here in Toronto. Our authors wouldn’t dream of missing this exciting literary festival — just look at all the events they have lined up over the next week and a half!
Diana Athill, author of Life Class
Wed. Oct. 21, at 8 pm: Too Much Happiness
Veteran publisher and writer Diana Athill in conversation with the great Alice Munro.
Jennifer Cowan, author of earthgirl
Fri. Oct. 23, at 10 pm: The Peep Show
Jennifer Cowan talks “Peep Culture” with Hal Niedzviecki, Dani Couture, and Lauren Kirshner.
Nicola I. Campbell, author of Shin-chi’s Canoe
Sat. Oct. 24, at 4 pm: All Play and No Work? The Art of Creating Books for Children and Young Adults
Nicola I. Campbell, Alma Fullerton, Cary Fagan, Kim LaFave, Susin Nielsen, and Shane Peacock talk about children’s literature in the 21st century.
A.L. Kennedy, author of Day
Sat. Oct. 24, at 4 pm: WORDS with A.L. Kennedy, a one-woman stand-up show
Sun. Oct. 25, at 1 pm: Interview: A.L. Kennedy, Audrey Niffenegger, Miriam Toews. Int. Siri Agrell
Moderated by House of Anansi President, Sarah MacLachlan
Mon. Oct. 26, at 4.30 pm: “Good Day at the Office?”
A panel of experienced and influential publishers from around the world answer them the simple, or perhaps deceptively simple, question: “What, for you, is a good day at the office?” Featuring Nick Davies, Aram Fox, Peter Robinson, Claire Wachtel, and David Young.
Lisa Moore, author of February
Wed. Oct. 28, at 8 pm: Reading: Debra Adelaide, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Barry Dempster, Lisa Moore
Life’s most common experiences are articulated in these four new books about love, loss, conflict and resolution. Ania Szado hosts.
Fri. Oct. 30, at 8 pm: On Getting it Done
NOW’s Entertainment and Books Editor Susan G. Cole moderates this discussion featuring Anne DeGrace, Elina Hirvonen, Tessa McWatt and Lisa Moore.
Stuart Berman, author of This Book is Broken
Fri. Oct. 30, at 10 pm: This Book is Broken
Stuart Berman talks to Broken Social Scene members Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew, and Arts&Crafts co-founder Jeff Remedios.
Post-Festival debriefing: we’d love to hear your thoughts! Be sure to come back and post a comment about what you saw, heard, and experienced.