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What’s On Calendar
October 27–29, 2017

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

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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