THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
Here's one of the more glittery literary slates, featuring Daniel Handler , Janette Turner Hospital , Gina B. Nahai and M.G. Vassanji . Trillium Award-winning poet Ken Babstock starts things off. 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
If you haven't heard Michael Ondaatje read from his Giller-shortlisted Divisadero , now's your chance. Also on the slate: Margaret Christakos , Céline Curiol , Halfdan W. Freihow and Marina Lewycka . 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
Two of the fest's most interesting female participants, Marina Lewycka (A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian, Strawberry Fields) and Vendela Vida (see interview, page 82), talk together with Sandra Martin . 1 pm, Studio Theatre. Later, Vida joins Jewish rebel Shalom Auslander and others for a series of readings. 8 pm, Brigantine Room.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
Drop in to the Studio Theatre from 3 to 5 pm and watch films inspired by the poets who read onstage. Programmed with IFOA by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT).
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
Governor General's Award short-listers David Chariandy , Barbara Gowdy , Michael Ondaatje , Heather O'Neill and M.G. Vassanji read from their fiction. 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
The fest isn't teeming with legends this year, but David Leavitt could be one soon. He reads with Booker shortlister Mohsin Hamid , Ian Holding , Aryn Kyle and Griffin Prize-shortlisted poet Priscila Uppal . 8 pm, Lakeside Terrace.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
Literary icon Isabel Allende joins Ken Babstock , Will Ferguson , Elizabeth Hay and Richard B. Wright for a series of readings. Ferguson tries something new by getting guitarist Tom Phillips to accompany him. 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
Cult-read UK author Will Self and UK actor/novelist David Thewlis , author of a surprisingly good first novel, The Late Hector Kipling, are interviewed by Toronto bookseller Ben McNally . 8 pm, Lakeside Terrace.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
The festival puts the spotlight on the Charles Taylor Prize with readings by literary non-fiction writers Larry Gaudet , David Gilmour and 2007 winner Rudy Wiebe . 8 pm, Brigantine Room.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
NOW's Susan G. Cole hosts a round table on War, Trauma And The New Novel with Mohsin Hamid , Alessandro Piperno and Eric Wright . 2 pm Lakeside Terrace.
At night, hear the six Giller Prize short-listers, including Elizabeth Hay , Michael Ondaatje , Daniel Poliquin , M.G. Vassanji and Alissa York . 8 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre.