Literary Arts

Events listing

The Children’s Book Bank Book Club @ IFOA

October 24, 2017

The Children’s Book Bank provides free books and literacy support to children living in low-income neighborhoods across Toronto. The Book Club attracts kids ages 9-12 to a monthly meeting where kids engage in lively conversation.October’s meeting takes place live on stage, with Dwight Drummond moderating a conversation between the kids and the author of October’s featured read.

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Around the World

October 24, 2017

IFOA takes you around the world. For an hour and a half you will be transported to three continents and nine countries with readings by Mireia Calafell, David Coventry, Hideo Furukawa, Norbert Gstrein, Nicola Lagioia, David Machado, Eduard Márquez, Clemens J. Setz, Maja Vidmar and Rohan Wilson.

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Keep It Short

October 24, 2017

What makes or breaks a short story? Bill Gaston, Diane Schoemperlen and Drew Hayden Taylor share their thoughts with literary journalist Steven Beattie on why they write in this challenging form.

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A Celebration of 45 Years of Dundurn Press

October 24, 2017

Join Dundurn Press and IFOA in celebration of Dundurn’s 45 years in CanLit, helping Canadians write about themselves. Ted Barris, Liona Boyd, Patrick Boyer, Steve Burrows, Farzana Doctor, Barbara Fradkin, Steve Paikin and Leslie-Anne Scorgie will celebrate with us.

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In Conversation with Heather O’Neill

October 24, 2017

Siri Agrell sits with bestselling, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted author, Heather O’Neill, for an intimate interview about O’Neill’s fourth novel, The Lonely Hearts Hotel.

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Futile Fates

October 25, 2017

Wendy O’Brien converses with authors Michelle Berry, Bill Gaston, Immanuel Mifsud and Kathleen Winter about guilt, failure, hopelessness, the power of the human spirit and second chances.

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In Search of Ithaca

October 25, 2017

David Bouchet and Carol Bruneau talk with Vincent Lam about their characters’ personal odysseys in search of ‘home.’

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Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Finalists In Conversation

October 25, 2017

The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes the best Canadian novel or short story collection with a $25,000 award. Meet the shortlisted authors for this prestigious award at this exclusive event. Hosted and moderated by Becky Toyne.

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John Irving Interviews John Boyne

October 25, 2017

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.

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The Lives of Underdogs

October 25, 2017

Bianca Marais, Heather O’Neill and Jesse Ruddock discuss love, loss and otherness with Cordelia Strube.Hosted by Simone Dalton.

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And the Winner Is … The Creative Writing Awards Presentation

October 26, 2017

Celebrate emerging writers from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies’ Creative Writing Program. A total of $7500 will be presented to winners of The Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction, The Janice Colbert Poetry Award and The Marina Nemat Award.

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Borderless Mountains: The Alps Meet the Rockies

October 26, 2017

Join authors Clemens J. Setz and Norbert Gstrein as they discuss how region and home define their writing with Deborah Dundas.

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