International Festival of Authors in Toronto

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!

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Diana Athill

Diana Athill

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.

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Jennifer Cowan

Jennifer Cowan

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.

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Nicola Campbell

Nicola Campbell

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.

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A. L. Kennedy

A. L. Kennedy

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

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Sarah MacLachlan

Sarah MacLachlan

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.

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Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore

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.

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Stuart Berman

Stuart Berman

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.

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See a full list of author events or follow IFOA on Twitter.

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.

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