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What’s On Calendar
October 23–29, 2017

Harbourfront Centre strictly adheres to Ontario Public Health guidelines, ensuring a safe return for our audiences and artists.

IV Award Presentation, Keynote & Panel

Monday, October 23, 2017
3:30pm – 4:30pm

As part of the International Visitors (IV) Programme, industry guests from around the world come together to share international perspectives on the publishing industry.This year will feature a keynote address by Jeremy Trevathan, the Publisher responsible for the shape, direction and profitability of the adult publishing lists at Pan Macmillan in the UK.

GGBooks @ IFOA

Monday, October 23, 2017
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Do not miss the authors shortlisted for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction in conversation with Carol Off.

The Children’s Book Bank Book Club @ IFOA

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm

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.

Around the World

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:00pm – 7:30pm

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.

Keep It Short

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

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.

A Celebration of 45 Years of Dundurn Press

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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.

In Conversation with Heather O’Neill

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
8:00pm – 9:00pm

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.

Futile Fates

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

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.

In Search of Ithaca

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

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

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Finalists In Conversation

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:30pm – 7:30pm

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.

John Irving Interviews John Boyne

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:00pm – 8:00pm

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.

The Lives of Underdogs

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
8:00pm – 9:00pm

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

And the Winner Is … The Creative Writing Awards Presentation

Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

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.

Borderless Mountains: The Alps Meet the Rockies

Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

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

In Conversation with Lee Maracle

Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Award-winning journalist Duncan McCue interviews Lee Maracle about her latest work, My Conversations with Canadians.

In Conversation with Barbara Gowdy

Thursday, October 26, 2017
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Do not miss a deeply intimate interview with Barbara Gowdy and Jane Urquhart about Gowdy’s literary career and latest novel Little Sister. Hosted by James Grainger.

In Conversation: John Boyne & Emma Donoghue

Thursday, October 26, 2017
8:00pm – 9:00pm

John Boyne and Emma Donoghue have both seen their literary works adapted for the screen. They talk to film critic and author Richard Crouse about their experience and success.

We All Begin in a Little Magazine: A Celebration of 10 Years of The Puritan Magazine

Thursday, October 26, 2017
9:00pm –10:30pm

At this panel discussion, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the magazine’s founding, Puritan editors and staff will discuss the trends they are seeing in new Canadian writing and what they think the future of Canadian literature looks like.

Looking Back: History in Fiction

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

David Coventry, Alison Pick, Emily Schultz and Rohan Wilson discuss how time and place inspire and inform their fiction. This panel is moderated by Joseph Kertes.

The Nature of Fear

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

From uneasiness to terror, horror and panic, thrillers can evoke strong negative emotions to the reader. Sarah Bailey, Nick Cutter and Grace O’Connell examine the power and nature of this evolutionary emotion with Ania Szado.

Uncovering the Past

Friday, October 27, 2017
7:00pm – 8:00pm

John Boyne, Terry Fallis and Frances Itani discuss familial relationships and the secrets found in their novels The Heart’s Invisible Furies, One Brother Shy and That’s My Baby.

In Conversation: Wayne Johnston & Linda Spalding

Saturday, October 28, 2017
11:00am –12:00pm

New York Times reporter, Ian Austen, interviews Wayne Johnston and Linda Spalding about their literary career.

IFOA Academy: Improving Your Writing

Saturday, October 28, 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Your writing is good, but how do you make it great? In this intensive workshop, bestselling novelist Brian Francis and Simon & Schuster Editorial Director Nita Pronovost give you the insider tips and tools to take your fiction writing to the next level.

Held in Suspense

Saturday, October 28, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm

K.J Howe, Grace O’Connell and Andrew Pyper discuss the psychology of suspense with Joseph Kertes.

In Conversation with Carol Off

Saturday, October 28, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm

CBC’s As It Happens host, Carol Off, has been covering human interest stories worldwide for decades. Her new book All We Leave Behind tells the story of an Afghan man, who exposes the warlords working arm in arm with the American and NATO troops. Once the secrets are out, he and his family are forced to go. Off will share Asad’s story with you in an interview with Catherine Porter.

A Republic, If You Can Keep It: Humber Liberal Arts @ IFOA Keynote

Saturday, October 28, 2017
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Susan N. Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will present this year’s keynote address titled “A Republic, If You Can Keep It” at the Humber Liberal Arts @ IFOA interdisciplinary conference.

In Conversation: Kyo Maclear & Antanas Sileika

Saturday, October 28, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Place and geography play a major role in Kyo Maclear’s Birds Art Life and Antanas Sileika’s Barefoot Bingo Caller. They discuss how the cityscapes influence their writing with Sheniz Janmohamed. Hosted by Matthew Blackett.

In Conversation: Catherine Chidgey & David Layton

Saturday, October 28, 2017
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Catherine Chidgey, winner of the New Zealand Book Awards Fiction prize and David Layton, bestselling author of The Bird Factory, discuss childhood struggles and familial relationships with Bert Archer. Hosted by Canisia Lubrin.

In Conversation: Marie Darrieussecq & Carol Off

Saturday, October 28, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Wendy O’ Brien interviews Marie Darrieussecq and Carol Off on the extensive body of their work, their career and who/what has influenced them as writers. Hosted by Jessica Wyman.

True North: Stories of Canada

Saturday, October 28, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Ania Szado moderates a discussion with Carol Bruneau, Terry Fallis and Jesse Ruddock about the state of Canadian literature. Hosted by Shoilee Khan.

Writers & Company @ IFOA

Saturday, October 28, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Colm Tóibín will speak with Eleanor Wachtel about his new novel and other recent work, including his critical study, On Elizabeth Bishop.

Women of the Hour: Writing Female Characters

Sunday, October 29, 2017
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Janie Chang, Marie Darrieussecq, Kyo Maclear and Roberta Rich share the stories of women taking their lives into their own hands with Kate Taylor.

Let’s Talk Genre

Sunday, October 29, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Sarah Bailey, Nicholas Eames, Alison Pick and Nicholas Power write in different genres. What makes thriller, nonfiction and poetry their favourite form of expression? Moderated by Sue Carter and hosted by Amy Jones.

Walking Cities

Sunday, October 29, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Walking Cities brings together two authors, Dionne Brand and Vahni Capildeo, to exchange ideas related to identities, places and territories. This panel event will allow the audience to join the conversation and reflect on the relationship between thinking and the places and spaces we live in. Hosted by Shawn Micallef.

A Celebration of 10 Years of The Best Canadian Poetry

Sunday, October 29, 2017
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Join series editors Molly Peacock and Anita Lahey, previous guest editors, and a constellation of Canada’s twice-tested poet-contributors for a special tribute to ten stellar years of this landmark series.

Writing an Informed Story

Sunday, October 29, 2017
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Toronto Star editor Deborah Dundas moderates a panel discussion featuring Claire Cameron, Helen Humphreys and Roberta Rich. The authors of The Last Neanderthal, The Ghost Orchard and A Trial In Venice discuss how science and history informed their fiction.

The Missing Piece

Sunday, October 29, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

A puzzle is never solved when a piece is missing. Nicholas Eames, K.J. Howe, and Emily Schultz talk about characters in search of the lost and unaccounted for with Wendy O’Brien. Hosted by David Bradford.

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