Authors Festival Preview

With 60 authors and close to 100 events, the 22nd International Festival Of Authors remains one of the world's largest and most prestigious events of its kind. NOW highlights some of the literary luminaries making the scene.


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October 18 to October 27

VENUES

Premiere Dance Theatre (207 Queen’s Quay West)

Brigantine Room, Studio Theatre and Lakeside Terrace (York Quay Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay West)

TICKET INFO

Readings and Dialogues $18, Lives & Times $10, tribute $25, youth event $12. 416-973-4000.

Festival Events Listings

Thursday, October 18

Dialogues Etgar Keret speaks with Marni Jackson (5 pm, Brigantine Rm), Richard B Wright with Bill Cameron (5 pm, Lakeside Terr), Sandra Birdsell with Eliza Clark (7 pm, Lakeside Terr).

BARRY CALLAGHAN/BILLY COLLINS/DAVID WEVILL 8 pm. Premiere Dance Theatre.

ETGAR KERET/YANN MARTEL/WILLIAM T VOLLMANN 8 pm. Brigantine Rm.

Friday, October 19

Dialogues Ronald Frame speaks with Shyam Selvadurai (5 pm, Brigantine Rm), Yann Martel with Catherine Bush (5 pm, Lakeside Terr), Hal Niedzvieki with Don McKellar (7 pm, Lakeside Terr), Kate Grenville with Heather Mallick (9 pm, Lakeside Terr).

JM COETZEE/JOHN NICHOLS/RUDY WIEBE 8 pm. Premiere Dance Theatre.

SANDRA BIRDSELL/RICHARD B WRIGHT 8 pm. Brigantine Rm.

Saturday, October 20

dialogues Rudy Wiebe speaks with Peter Kavanagh (noon, Lakeside Terr), Claire Messud with Wayne Johnston (1 pm, Brigantine Rm), William T Vollmann with Noah Richler (1 pm, Studio Theatre), John Nichols with Kevin Connelly (2 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre), Ved Mehta with Martin Levin (2 pm, Lakeside Terr), Diane Schoemperlen with Marilyn Powell (3 pm, Studio Theatre), Jim Crace with Jason Sherman (4 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre), Shashi Tharoor with Richard Gwyn (4 pm, Lakeside Terr), Alberto Manguel with Daniel Richler (5 pm, Brigantine Rm), Joan Barfoot with Erika Ritter (5 pm, Studio Theatre), Flora Brovina with Olivia Ward (7 pm, Lakeside Terr), Billy Collins with Stuart McLean (9 pm, Lakeside Terr).

Lives & times Nancy Milford speaks on Edna St Vincent Millay. 3 pm. Brigantine Rm.

ANN BEATTIE/CLAIRE MESSUD/DIANE SCHOEMPERLEN 8 pm. Brigantine Rm.

JIM CRACE/TIMOTHY FINDLEY/VED MEHTA 8 pm. Premiere Dance Theatre.

Sunday, October 21

authors fest young audiences event Kevin Crossley-Holland reads from his Arthurian series. 1 pm. Brigantine Rm.

dialogues Timothy Findley speaks with Ian Brown (noon, Premiere Dance Theatre), Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni with Karen Mulhallen (noon, Lakeside Terr), Margaret Atwood with Tom Fulton (2 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre), Hanan al-Shaykh with Val Ross (2 pm, Lakeside Terr), Jean-Christophe Rufin with Ray Conlogue (3 pm, Brigantine Rm), David Wevill with CH Gervais (4 pm, Lakeside Terr), Ann Beattie with Elizabeth Hay (5 pm, Brigantine Rm), Roch Carrier with Ken Dryden (7 pm, Lakeside Terr).

Lives & Times Paul Gehl speaks on Object Of Desire: The Book In Medici Florence. 4 pm. Premiere Dance Theatre.

CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI/KATE GRENVILLE/pamela mordecai 8 pm. Brigantine Rm.

ALBERTO MANGUEL/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE RUFIN/ SHASHI THAROOR 8 pm. Premiere Dance Theatre.

Monday, October 22

tribute to timothy findley Margaret Atwood, William Hutt, Marnie Woodrow and others. 8 pm. Premiere Dance Theatre.

Tuesday, October 23

lives & times Roch Carrier lectures on the National Library of Canada. 5 pm. Brigantine Rm.

Dialogues Margaret Drabble speaks with Patricia Rozema (5 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre), Allen Kurzweil with Andrew Pyper (5 pm, Lakeside Terr), Jacquelyn Mitchard with Valerie Pringle (8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre).

PEN Canada holds a special event. 7 pm. Free. Studio Theatre.

MARGARET DRABBLE/HANAN al-SHAYKH/ VOLODYMYR DIBROVA 8 pm. Brigantine Rm.

ROCH CARRIER/KEVIN CROSSLEY-HOLLAND/ RONALD FRAME 8 pm. Lakeside Terr.

Wednesday, October 24

dialogues Kevin Crossley-Holland speaks with Arlene Perly Rae (5 pm, Brigantine Rm), Andrea Goldsmith with Marsha Lederman (5 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre), Volodymyr Dibrova with Marc Glassman (5 pm, Lakeside Terr), Dane Zajc with Barry Callaghan (7 pm, Studio Theatre), Ian Rankin with Alison Gordon (8 pm, Brigantine Rm).

MARGARET ATWOOD/FLORA BROVINA/RUTGER KOPLAND 8 pm. Premiere Dance Theatre.

EDWARD HOAGLAND/NANCY HUSTON/YOKO TAWADA 8 pm. Lakeside Terr.

this week’s festival tips day by day

Thursday, October 18

Yann Martel Essayist and novelist Martel’s wry novel, Life Of Pi, describes the tensions that emerge when secular parents have to deal with a son devoted to not one but three religions. With Etgar Keret and William T. Vollmann. 8 pm, Brigantine Room.

Friday, October 19

J.M. Coetzee Two-time Booker winner (for The Life And Times Of Michael K and Disgrace) hits the festival with his new novel, Stranger Shores. With John Nichols and Rudy Wiebe. 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.

Saturday, October 20

alberto manguel The prolific critic and essayist, author of a new biography on Rudyard Kipling, talks about art and politics with Book Television’s Daniel Richler. 5 pm, Brigantine Room.

Sunday, October 21

ANn Beattie Best known for her spare, elliptical stories, many of them published in The New Yorker, Beattie comes to the festival with her seventh collection, Perfect Recall. She’s interviewed by kindred spirit Elizabeth Hay. 5 pm, Brigantine Room.

Monday, October 22

TIMOTHY FINDLEY TRIBUTE Findley gets the royal treatment courtesy of Margaret Atwood, Martha Henry, WIlliam Hutt and others. 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.

Tuesday, October 23

Margaret Drabble British mainstay who leans toward intellectual characters goes back to her own family story for her new novel, The Peppered Moth. She’s interviewed by equally brainy T.O. filmmaker Patricia Rozema. 5 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.

Wednesday, October 24

ian rankin Edinburgh-based mystery writer revels in the seediness of his city. Local whodunit maven Alison Gordon talks to him about his new book, The Falls. 8 pm, Brigantine Room.

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