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What’s On Calendar
October 20–22, 2017

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

Toronto Poetry Slam featuring Dean Atta & Deanna Rodger @ IFOA

Friday, October 20, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Toronto Poetry Project is partnering with the International Festival of Authors and the British Council in Canada to launch the Festival’s first Poetry Slam! Featuring Deanna Rodgers and Dean Atta from London (UK). Hosted by David Silverberg, the artistic director, founder and frequent host of Toronto Poetry Slam.

DanceWorks: Dreamwalker Dance – Dual Light

Friday, October 20, 2017
8:00pm

Dual Light is a collection of visual poems featuring eight exceptional artists – Brendan Wyatt, Yuichiro Inoue, Kristy Kennedy, Joshua Van Tassel, Simon Rossiter, Cheryl Lalonde, AJ Morra and Andrea Nann.

Kobzar @ IFOA

Saturday, October 21, 2017
11:00am –12:00pm

Join the Kobzar Literary Biennial Award finalists for readings from their nominated works. Hosted by Joseph Kertes.

The Creative Genius of Tom Thomson

Saturday, October 21, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm

David Silcox, art historian and cultural administrator, will present the story and work of Tom Thomson. Hosted by Lewis DeSoto.

Ode to Poetry

Saturday, October 21, 2017
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lead Ontario poets, Roo Borson, Anne Michaels and Stuart Ross, discuss process, inspiration and the state of poetry today with Steven Beattie.

In Conversation: Chantel Acevedo & Amanda Earl

Saturday, October 21, 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Chantel Acevedo and Amanda Earl discuss the stories of resilient and free-spirited women with Susan G. Cole. Hosted by Alexandra Grigorescu.

Twists & Turns: The Art of Thriller Writing

Saturday, October 21, 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre, the UK’s leading crime and thriller writers, sit down with Joy Fielding to discuss the art of their trade.

Poetic New Worlds

Saturday, October 21, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Enjoy readings by Roo Borson, Mireia Calafell, Amanda Earl, David Goldstein, Jennifer LoveGrove, John Nyman, Nicholas Power, Stuart Ross and Dane Swan. This event will feature 2016 CBC Poetry Prize winner Michael Fraser. Hosted by Phoebe Wang.

Toronto Lit Up Launch of Launches

Saturday, October 21, 2017
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Celebrate with the Toronto Arts Council and IFOA the first year of the Toronto Lit Up programme. Meet authors Diana Biacora, David Bradford, Claire Cameron, Domenico Capilongo, Nicole Chin, Dalton Derkson, Jane Farrow and many more at this free reception!

Mystery: Quest for the Truth

Saturday, October 21, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

The New York Times editor, Dan Wakin, interviews crime writers Sara Blaedel and Peter Robinson. Hosted by James Grainger.

Come Rhyme with Me

Saturday, October 21, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Enjoy a night of rhyming and rice and peas with Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger alongside a menu of performers chosen for their wit, wisdom and ability to move you.The evening will have an open mic at the start and a distinctly relaxed Caribbean feel with a delicious meal.

DanceWorks: Dreamwalker Dance – Dual Light

Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:00pm

Dual Light is a collection of visual poems featuring eight exceptional artists – Brendan Wyatt, Yuichiro Inoue, Kristy Kennedy, Joshua Van Tassel, Simon Rossiter, Cheryl Lalonde, AJ Morra and Andrea Nann.

The Basement Revue @ IFOA

Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:30pm –10:30pm

Founded by songwriter Jason Collett, the Basement Revue has been a showcase and incubator for Canadian music and literature for more than 10 years. Co-curated and co-hosted by the writer Damian Rogers, the program and participants are kept secret until the performance begins.

The Koffler & The Vine Awards @ IFOA

Sunday, October 22, 2017
11:00am –12:00pm

Join Nick Hutcheson in conversation with Eric Beck Rubin and Danila Botha, about their shortlisted books. Hosted by Koffler’s Mary Anderson.

In Conversation: Seth & Adrian Tomine

Sunday, October 22, 2017
11:00am –12:00pm

Join Seth and Adrian Tomine as they talk about cartooning using the backdrop of their own practice and experience. Hosted by Nina Bunjevac.

Poetry & Process

Sunday, October 22, 2017
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Poets Gwen Benaway, Ronna Bloom, Julie Cameron Gray and Anne Michaels talk about their creative process and the themes that inspire and inform their work with Meaghan Strimas.

Dissecting the Villain

Sunday, October 22, 2017
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Thriller writers, Sarah Blaedel, Chris Brookmyre, Nick Cutter and Andrew Pyper, discuss their process creating their antiheroes with Andy McGuire. Hosted by Canisia Lubrin.

In Conversation: Antanas Sileika & Drew Hayden Taylor

Sunday, October 22, 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Antanas Sileika, author of The Barefoot Bingo Caller, and Drew Hayden Taylor, author of Take Us To Your Chief, discuss the role of cynicism, sarcasm and humour in literature with Lewis DeSoto.

Of Fathers and Sons

Sunday, October 22, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Bert Archer explores father-son relationships with David Bouchet, David Layton and Pasha Malla.

Relate and Reflect

Sunday, October 22, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Join Nicola Lagioia, Rachel Manley, Eduard Márquez and Jean E. Pendziwol as they read from their latest works. Hosted by Danila Botha.

EUNIC @ IFOA New Literature from Europe

Sunday, October 22, 2017
6:00pm – 7:00pm

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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