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IFOA – May 2017
IFOA Weekly is in full swing in May featuring authors including Joel Thomas Hynes, Kerry Clare and Rebecca Rosenblum. Do not miss their exciting interviews about literary works that expand our imagination and sense of belonging.
Join IFOA and the Toronto Arts Council as they launch the work of local authors. Celebrate the new books of Antanas Sileika, Julia Cooper, Pasha Malla and Catherine Graham.
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IFOA WEEKLY
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In Conversation with Joel Thomas Hynes
May 3, 7:30pm, Brigantine Room
$10, Free for Supporters and Students
Richard Crouse interviews Joel Thomas Hynes, award-winning multidisciplinary artist, about his new book We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night. Do not miss the opportunity to see them both on the IFOA stage!
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In Conversation with Kerry Clare and Rebecca Rosenblum
May 10, 7:30pm, Brigantine Room
$10, Free for Supporters and Students
Kerry Clare and Rebecca Rosenblum talk about love, loss and what it means to bear witness. Join them as they discuss the lives of women looking for the truth with Amy Jones.
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Win Tickets to In Conversation with Kerry Clare and Rebecca Rosenblum
Answer the following question for a chance to win 2 tickets to our May 10 IFOA Weekly event!
Kerry Clare teaches blogging at which university?
Send your answers by Wednesday May 3rd at 5pm to media@ifoa.org.
TORONTO LIT UP
The Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) have partnered on Toronto Lit Up, a three-year initiative designed to spotlight Toronto writers. The IFOA will host book launch parties throughout the year at different venues across the city. The goal of this program is to provide Toronto authors with significant presentation opportunities and to allow the public to access more of the work of its local writing community.
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Antanas Sileika and Barefoot Bingo Caller
May 2, 6pm, Lithuanian House
FREE
Antanas Sileika launches Barefoot Bingo Caller, a rollicking memoir through the shifting zeitgeist of the last five decades. Sileika has a keen eye for social comedy, bringing to life such memorable characters as ageing beat poets, oblivious college students, the queen of the booze cans and an obdurate porcupine.
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Julia Cooper and The Last Word
May 11, 8pm, St. Stephen-In-The-Fields Church
FREE
Julia Cooper launches The Last Word: Reviving The Dying Art of Eulogy. Braiding her delightful, lively cultural analysis with her own personal experiences of loss, Cooper makes a stunning and compelling case for a more compassionate approach to grief.
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Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer
May 18, 8pm, Buddies In Bad Times
FREE
Stephanie Chambers, Jane Farrow, Maureen FitzGerald, Ed Jackson, John Lorinc, Tim McCaskell, Rebecka Sheffield, Tatum Taylor and Rahim Thawer launch Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer. From the earliest pioneers to the parades, pride and politics of the contemporary era, Any Other Way draws on a range of voices to explore how the residents of queer Toronto have shaped and reshaped one of the world’s most diverse cities.
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Pasha Malla and Fugue States
May 25, time TBC, The Steady Cafe
FREE
Award-winning author Pasha Malla launches Fugue States, the wild and poignant story of two young men who embark on a Don Quixote-like quest from Canada to Kashmir, India.
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Catherine Graham and Quarry
June 1, 7pm, Transac Club
FREE
Catherine Graham launches Quarry. Lyrically charged, jeweled with images and at times darkly comic, Graham’s prose weaves a mysterious and hypnotic tale of loss, secrets, family shame and the courage to swim the depths of life alone.
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FOREST OF READING
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Forest of Reading®
May 16–18
Harbourfront Centre
Get your tickets today for the annual Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ and enjoy energetic ceremonies with live entertainment, as well as workshops with the nominated authors and illustrators.
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Festival of Trees Ontario Library Association
BOOK SUMMIT
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Publish Well and Prosper
June 15, 8:30am – 5:30pm
Harbourfront Centre
Book Summit 2017, titled Publish Well and Prosper, will explore the ways the publishing industry can do just that: be socially aware and thrive economically.
Presented by the Book and Periodical Council and Humber College, in association with IFOA.
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