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IFOA – February 2017
February is the month of love and we want to share what we love most: authors, books, reading! If you feel the same, we invite you to take part in our upcoming programming. If you vowed to read more this new year, it is not too late to recommit to your resolutions by joining our Book Club or sending in your submission for Poetry NOW.
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#XOIFOA: Letters From Writers
February 14, 12–1pm
Live Twitter Chat
Need help writing to your Valentine? IFOA has you covered. We have asked 3 authors to help you write your love notes. Join us for a live Twitter Chat on Valentine’s Day.
Learn more about #XOIFOA here
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Submissions Open for Poetry NOW
Deadline: Friday, February 24 at 5pm
IFOA is calling for entries for the 9th annual Battle of the Bards. This popular poetry competition showcases 20 poets in a night of readings on Wednesday, March 29. The winner receives an invitation to read at the 38th edition of the International Festival of Authors (October 19–29) and an ad for their book and IFOA event in NOW Magazine!
Learn more about submitting here
Poetry NOW
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A Night with the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize Finalists
March 2, 7pm, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
Free, RSVP required
IFOA Weekly in partnership with the Toronto Public Library present the five RBC Taylor Prize finalists for literary non-fiction. Max Eisen, Matti Friedman, Ross King, Marc Raboy, and Diane Schoemperlen will sit down with The Globe and Mail’s Mark Medley for a lively discussion.
Learn more about this event here
Toronto Public Library RBC Taylor Prize
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IFOA’s Book Club is Back!
In celebration of Canada 150, IFOA’s Book Club brings Canadian authors and Canadian literature to the forefront. Eight local authors choose their favourite CanLit title and lead one IFOA Book Club meeting. Read along with your favourite authors and then join them for an intimate discussion at the end of the month. Come prepared to engage in conversation with Toronto’s literati.
Learn more about IFOA’S Book Club here.
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Forest of Reading® On Sale Now!
Tickets for the annual Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ went on sale January 24. Popular award ceremonies, such as Red Maple, are selling fast. Get your ticket today!
Learn more about the Forest of Reading® here.
Festival of Trees Ontario Library Association
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Classical Pursuits
Classical Pursuits offers culture lovers the opportunity to travel through space and time to destinations like Elena Ferrante’s Naples, Belle Epoque Paris, or Gabriel García Márquez’s Colombia. Adults from all over North America travel with Cultural Pursuits not just to visit a new or familiar place, but also to share their ideas about great works of literature, art, and music in a relaxed and informal setting.
Learn more here.
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Kuumba - Toronto's longest-running celebration of Black History Month - February 3-4 & 10-11
HarbourKIDS North - Join us for Family Day, February 20, Free
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IFOA Ontario, the Festival’s touring programme, visits several locations across the province.


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