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IFOA – October 2016
IFOA Weekly Events
Do not miss the opportunity to see your favourite authors read on the IFOA stage. Join distinguished guests as they discuss their craft in Artist Talks and debate themes and genre in round table discussions. Tickets and Flex Passes are available for purchase.
Meet contemporary Irish authors, learn more about the art of the graphic novel and get inspired by ideas discussed in our Stranger Than Fiction series. Also, celebrate the immense and influential work of William Shakespeare with IFOA and British Council Canada special programming.
IFOA Weekly presents Nathan Hill on October 6th! He will be interviewed by award-winning author John Irving.
Keep checking our website and blog for participant interviews, event schedule, and more unique content!
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In conversation with Nathan Hill
Thursday, October 6, 7:30pm
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
$10/FREE supporters, students & youth 25 and under
Debut novelist, Nathan Hill, is interviewed by award-winning author John Irving about the book that is making headlines: The Nix.
The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America...Nathan Hill is a maestro.”
— John Irving
Tickets and info here!
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Ireland @ IFOA
Immerse yourself in the words and ideas of Ireland! Enjoy new work of award-winning novelist Emma Donoghue and poet Paul B. Muldoon. Discover the new generation of Irish poets in Julie Morrissy and Ciáran O’Rourke’s work. Learn more about Ireland’s violent revolution from Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland!
Look for Ireland @ IFOA events here!
Culture Ireland PoetryIreland
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Five Artists, Five Ways: The Modern Graphic Novel
Saturday, October 22, 8pm
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre
Meet cartoonists Michael DeForge, Nick Drnaso, Jon McNaught and Chris Oliveros as they discuss the art of the graphic novel, from inspiration to the story strip, with Seth. Learn more here.
Five Ways Visual Arts Exhibition
September 24 – December 22
Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre.
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Stranger than Fiction
Sunday, October 30, 12–6pm
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Spend an afternoon with writers Deborah Campbell, Alexandra Risen, Laurence Scott, Jeff VanderMeer and visiting Irish non-fiction writer Catriona Crowe. Get inspired by new ideas about our humanity and our relationship with the world around us.
Tickets and info here!
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Shakespeare Lives @ IFOA
Come celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare with unique events and activities throughout the Festival!
Graphic novelists John McNaught and John Martz create their own interpretation of a Shakespeare’s sonnet in the graphic novel form.
Circa69 presents the Canadian premiere of the Slave to Mortal Rage VR installation.
More Shakespreare Lives @ IFOA events here.
British Council
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Found in Translation
Join authors from Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka and many more countries as they present their work on our Canadian stage!
Wednesday, October 26, 6pm
EUNIC: Christopher Kloeble, Lola Lafon, Francesca Melandri
Thursday, October 27, 6pm
Found in Translation: Luisgé Martin, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
More events here.
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Tickets & Flex Passes On Sale NOW!
General Admission
$18/ $15 Supporters, Free for students & youth (under 25)
Festival Flex Pass
Buy a bundle of 6 tickets for $90 (plus a service charge). Available until October 19. Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 to purchase.
Learn more here.
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Download our free Festival app!
Stay up to date with all things IFOA by downloading our new Festival app, available on iOS and Android platforms. Browse participants, add favourite events to your calendar and stay connected to all things IFOA.
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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 workshops or writing courses led by Brian Francis.
Learn more here.
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Win ONE Festival Flex Pass
To win a Flex Pass to IFOA 2016, name two graphic novel focused IFOA events.
Send your answer to media@ifoa.org.
Please write "FLEX CONTEST" in the subject line. Deadline for entries: October 7 at 11:59pm.
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Visit IFOA and stay at The Westin
The Westin Harbour Castle is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, steps away from the Downtown Core via the PATH, Toronto’s underground covered walkway. Take a walk along the revitalized waterfront, explore Toronto’s theatre and entertainment districts and discover delight in all the seasonal fun our neighbourhood has to offer.
Learn more here.
Westin Harbour Castle Toronto
NextSteps – Canada's Dance Series, October 2016 – May 2017
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