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IFOA – September 2016
IFOA Weekly Events
September is here, which means IFOA Weekly is back and the Festival is just one month away! Scroll down for our lineup of authors, a list of special events that are on sale now, an exciting pre-festival event with John Irving and Nathan Hill and much more! There is so much to look forward to, so keep checking our website and blog for updates!
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The Word On The Street’s Full Schedule is Live!
Sunday, September 25 at 11am
Harbourfront Centre, Free
Start planning your day at The Word On The Street! This Festival is set to thrill all you book lovers with a jam-packed schedule. With Canada’s newest and most celebrated authors and poets, you can discover new offerings for fan girls and fan boys, magazine enthusiasts, and word nerds.
The Word on the Street
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Torn from the Pages starring Ian McEwan
Friday, September 23 at 8:00pm
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
One of the most acclaimed writers of our time makes a rare visit to Toronto for his new work Nutshell, a gloriously entertaining, wonderfully imagined thriller that will delight all readers.
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IFOA Weekly presents John Irving in conversation with Nathan Hill
Thursday, October 6 at 7:30pm
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
$10/FREE supporters, students & youth 25 and under
Want to know what the IFOA is all about? Attend this pre-Festival teaser! Bestselling author John Irving interviews debut novelist Nathan Hill.
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IFOA Academy is back!
Calling all writers new and established! Do you want to improve your writing? Do you have a manuscript you would like to publish?
Sign up for one of our IFOA Academy writing courses and workshops lead by Brian Francis.
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IFOA 2016 Lineup
We are thrilled to unveil the names of the first-rate authors attending IFOA 2016. Start planning who you will meet this year!
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IFOA’s Annual PEN Canada Benefit
Saturday, October 22, 7:30 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre
This year PEN Canada presents By Word and Deed: Resistance in Times of Turmoil where writer and filmmaker David Bezmosgis talks to author Adam Hochschild about the lessons we learn from writers and activists battling fascism, racism, and other forms of injustice.
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Special IFOA Event Tickets
Tickets to a number of special IFOA events are now on sale! Attend a celebration of this year’s shortlisted authors for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Buy your tickets today!
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Festival Flex Pass
Buy a Festival Flex Pass and get a bundle of 6 tickets for one low price of $90 (plus service charge)!
To get yours, call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000. Available until October 19th.
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The Humber School for Writers Fall Workshop in Creative Writing
Sunday, October 23 – Friday, October 28
Harbourfront Centre
The workshop consists of a Sunday afternoon reception, five weekday classes and afternoon lectures, amidst the exciting IFOA. Expect a surprise guest lecture from a visiting international author.
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Humber Liberal Arts Conference Keynote Address
Friday, October 28 at 9:00am
Fleck Dance Theatre
Cost: $53.60
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer Chris Hedges will present this year’s keynote address: The Price of Truth in Journalism in a Post-Fact World.
Word on the Street – Toronto Book and Magazine Festival
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Book Bash: Canadian Children's Literature Festival
Saturday, October 22, 12pm–4pm
Harbourfront Centre
IFOA welcomes Toronto Public Library’s Book Bash to Harbourfront Centre! Families are invited to join us for a free, fun-filled afternoon of storytelling, music, writing and illustrating workshops and demos, tech fun, puppet shows, theatre, magic, and author signings.
Toronto Public Library
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Win ONE Flex Pass
To win a Flex Pass to IFOA 2016, name one of John Irving’s professions, besides writing.
Send your answer to media@ifoa.org.
Please write "FLEX CONTEST" in the subject line. Deadline for entries: September 6, 2016 at 11:59pm.
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Summer Music in the Garden, presented by TD, Generously supported by City of Toronto, Most Thursdays and Sunday, June 30 – September 18, 2016 – Free
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