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IFOA – September 16, 2017
Festival tickets on sale at 10am today!
Select your events and buy online or call the Box Office at 416 973 4000
Tickets for Toronto’s International Festival of Authors are now available for purchase! Visit ifoa.org to browse and pick the readings, one-on-one interviews, thought-provoking panel discussions and special events that you would like to attend. From poetry readings, crime and thriller writing discussions, to celebrations of authors’ literary achievements, the Festival offers a curated selection of events for every taste.
You can find our Festival Guide with more information at our IFOA booth during The Word On The Street on September 24 at Harbourfront Centre. Come by and learn more about what we have programmed for the 38th edition of Toronto’s Festival of words and ideas.
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
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Art and Politics in the Age of Resistance
October 19, 7–8pm
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West
$18 / $15 for IFOA Supporters
Free for students & youth
Join award-winning author André Alexis on our opening night as he discusses art and politics in the age of resistance with Kia Corthron and Eileen Myles.
Find more info and tickets here.
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Toronto Poetry Slam @ IFOA
October 20, 7–9pm
Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay West
Free
Toronto Poetry Project is partnering with the IFOA to launch the Festival’s first poetry slam! Like Toronto Poetry Project’s usual events at the Drake Hotel, anyone can perform on the mic in this two-round slam. This high-energy poetry concert will showcase some of the city’s most engaging spoken word artists, and will entertain and enlighten the audience. Featuring Deanna Rodger and Dean Atta from London (UK).
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In Conversation with Roddy Doyle
October 21, 7–8pm
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West
$18 / $15 for IFOA Supporters
Free for students & youth
Toronto Star editor Deborah Dundas interviews Man Booker Prize winner and distinguished author Roddy Doyle about his new novel Smile. With his sharp humour and witty dialogue, Doyle explores memory, trauma and our connection to the past.
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The Basement Revue @ IFOA
October 21, 8:30–10:30pm
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West
$30
Founded by songwriter Jason Collett at the Dakota Tavern, the Basement Revue has been a showcase and incubator for Canadian music and literature for more than 10 years and has featured performances by many of Canada’s leading musicians and writers. Co-curated and co-hosted by the writer Damian Rogers, the program and participants are kept secret until the performance begins.
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EUNIC @ IFOA: New Literature from Europe
October 22, 6–7pm
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West
$18 / $15 for IFOA Supporters
Free for students & youth
Encounter Italian author Nicola Lagioia, David Machado from Portugal, Immanuel Mifsud from Malta and French novelist Sylvain Prudhomme, and discover today’s European literature’s rising generation. The discussion will be moderated by Toronto-based author Martha Baillie.
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John Irving Interviews John Boyne
October 25, 7–8pm
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West
$18 / $15 for IFOA Supporters
Free for students & youth
John Irving, American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, and John Boyne, author of the New York Times no.1 bestseller The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, will delve into Boyne’s new book, The Heart’s Invisible Furies. They will attempt to dissect the human spirit and discuss how the book’s characters deal with identity struggles.
Find more info and tickets here.
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In Conversation: Lee Maracle & Eden Robinson
October 26, 6–7pm
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West
$18 / $15 for IFOA Supporters
Free for students & youth
Award-winning journalist and host of CBC Radio One Cross Country Checkup, Duncan McCue, interviews Lee Maracle and Eden Robinson about their latest works, Conversations with Canadians and Son of a Trickster.
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Writers & Company @ IFOA
October 28, 7–9pm
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West
$18 / $15 for IFOA Supporters
Free for students & youth
Irish novelist and essayist Colm Tóibín is known for award-winning, wide-ranging fiction. In his latest novel, House of Names, he turns to Greek tragedy, drawing on memories of the conflict in Northern Ireland in a brilliant retelling of the story of Clytemnestra. Always engaging, Tóibín will speak with Eleanor Wachtel about his new novel and his critical study, On Elizabeth Bishop.
Find more info and tickets here.
IFOA WEEKLY
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In Conversation: Michelle Alfano & Anne Hines
September 27, 7:30–8:30pm
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West
$10 / Free for IFOA Supporters & students
IFOA is proud to open the 44th edition of IFOA Weekly with Michelle Alfano’s new book, The Unfinished Dollhouse: A Memoir of Gender and Identity. Join Michelle Alfano and Rev. Anne Hines as they discuss familial relationships in this thought-provoking and touching story.
Find more info and tickets here.
TORONTO LIT UP
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Shawn Hitchins: A Brief History of Oversharing
September 16, 8–10pm
Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
Free
IFOA and ECW Press invite you to the release of A Brief History of Oversharing by Shawn Hitchins as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.
Find more info here.
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Book Launch: Martha Baillie & Camila Grudova
September 19, 7–9pm
Burdock, 1184 Bloor Street West
Free
IFOA and Coach House Books invite you to the release of If Clara by Martha Baillie, and The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series. Meet the authors, network and celebrate their new works!
Find more info here.
COMING UP
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The Word On The Street
September 24, 11am–6pm
Harbourfront Centre
FREE
This year marks the 28th edition of The Word On The Street Toronto, Canada’s largest outdoor book and magazine festival. Be sure to check out the newest additions to the festival lineup, the Francophone Literature Stage, where they will be celebrating the very best in French-language writing, and the Indigenous Literature Stage, where they will be highlighting today’s most important Indigenous authors.
Find more info here.
CONTEST
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Win an IFOA 2017 Flex Pass
Can you name two Irish authors coming to the Festival in October? Email your answer to media@ifoa.org for a chance to win an IFOA 2017 Flex Pass (6 regular-priced tickets).
Flex Pass winners will be announced next month!
See you at the Festival!
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