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IFOA – April 2017
April is filled with exciting interviews, book presentations and launches. Explore the work of award-winning authors and multidisciplinary artists at Harbourfront Centre and across the city.
Do not forget to enter our monthly contest and win tickets to IFOA Weekly events! This month you may have a chance to see Ariel Smith, imagineNative’s Executive Director, interview, author and researcher, Sarah de Leeuw!
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In Conversation with Sarah de Leeuw
April 12, 7:30pm, Brigantine Room
$10, Free for Supporters and students
Join Sarah de Leeuw, award-winning researcher and creative writer, and Ariel Smith, Executive Director of the world’s largest Indigenous media arts festival, imagineNATIVE, for an in-depth conversation about Where It Hurts, a book that shines the spotlight on lost geographies and lost people. Sheniz Janmohamed will host.
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IFOA Weekly presents Danila Botha and Karen Connelly
April 20, 7:30pm, Brigantine Room
$10, Free for Supporters and students
We are delighted to have literary talents Danila Botha and Karen Connelly share the IFOA stage to read from and talk about their new books. Join them as they present their inspiration, how they develop their characters and what they learned from writing their stories. Catherine Graham will host.
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In Conversation with Joel Thomas Hynes
May 3, 7:30pm, Brigantine Room
$10, Free for Supporters and students
Joel Thomas Hynes, award-winning multidisciplinary artist, will sit with Richard Crouse, film and television critic and author, for an one-on-one conversation about his new book We’ll All Be Burnt In Our Beds Some Night.
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Win tickets to In Conversation with Sarah de Leeuw
Answer the following question for a chance to win 2 tickets to our April 12 IFOA Weekly event!
Ariel Smith is the Executive Director of which major film and media arts festival?
Send your answers by Monday, April 10 at 5pm to media@ifoa.org.
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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Toronto Lit Up Toronto Arts Council
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Trevor Cole and The Whisky King
April 11, 6:30pm, The Emmett Ray Bar
924 College St, Toronto
Award-winning journalist and novelist Trevor Cole launches The Whisky King, a rich and fascinating history of Canada’s first celebrity mobster, the King of the Bootleggers, Rocco Perri, and the man who pursued him, “Operative No. 1,” Canada’s first undercover Mountie.
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Joanna Goodman and The Finishing School
April 19, 6pm, Ben McNally Books
366 Bay St, Toronto
Come celebrate the release of The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman. Goodman’s fourth novel was listed by RT Reviews as one of “publishing’s most-anticipated upcoming releases”—one they “cannot wait” to read!
Learn more about the author and her work at this Toronto Lit Up book launch party.
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Claire Cameron and The Last Neanderthal
April 25, 6pm, No One Writes to the Colonel
460 College St. Toronto
IFOA and Penguin Random House Canada invite you to the release of The Last Neanderthal by award-winning and best-selling author Claire Cameron
Where do we come from? How did we get here? What does it mean to be human? This is a book that asks some profound questions about our humanity.
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Barbara Gowdy and Little Sister
April 26, 6:30pm, Boxcar Social
235 Queens Quay West
Author Barbara Gowdy launches her new highly-anticipated book Little Sister, a fictional tour de force. As the author explores the limits of the human mind, the result is an impassioned tale of one woman’s determination to help a woman she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she has always felt responsible.
Join us to celebrate Barbara’s new work.
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Antanas Sileika and Barefoot Bingo Caller
May 2, 6pm, Lithuanian House
1573 Bloor St W, Toronto
Antanas Sileika presents 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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Forest of Reading®
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
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World Stage Redux - 2017 Season - Tickets on sale now!


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