A day-by-day guide to the events that make IFOA the best book bash in the world
Friday, October 24
The hot roster of Joan Barfoot, Emma Donoghue, Amara Lakhous, Francine Prose and Anita Shreve tell stories of family strife and small-town murder and mayhem when they read from their new novels. 8 pm, Lakeside Terrace.
Saturday, October 25
The festival kicks off its special focus on Irish literary traditions with a round table on the country's history featuring Irish historians Diarmaid Ferriter and R.F. Foster and guest curator Colm Tóibín. Noon, Brigantine Room. Then get lucky when Dermot Bolger, Emma Donoghue, Hugo Hamilton and David Park read. 2 pm, Brigantine Room.
Mia Kirshner (yes, the L Word actor - she obviously has many lives) launches I Live Here, her "paper documentary" about the lives of refugees and displaced persons, with contributors Karen Connelly and Lauren Kirshner, 1 pm, Studio Theatre.
Sunday, October 26
Bill Douglas talks to graphic artists Chip Kidd and Lynda Barry about book cover jackets and whether you really should judge a book.... 1 pm, Brigantine Room.
Rivka Galchen, Hugo Hamilton, Mohammed Hanif, Maggie Helwig and Andrew Pyper make up one of the cooler rosters of readings. 5
pm, Lakeside Terrace.
Monday, October 27
Hear readings from the books shortlisted for this year's Governor General's Literary Award, English-language fiction category. Don Domanski, winner of the 2007 GG Award for poetry, kicks off the evening with a reading. 8 pm, Fleck Dance Theatre.
Tuesday, October 28
"How did you get started?" is the question most frequently put to authors. Find out how Richard Price, Peter Robinson, Meg Wolitzer and Ronald Wright got their big break. 8 pm, Studio Theatre.
Wednesday, October 29
Rivka Galchen, Rawi Hage, Lee Henderson, Patrick Lane and Miriam Toews make the short list for the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize one of the best we've seen in years - for any prize. Hear them read at 8 pm in the Brigantine Room.
Thursday, October 30
Hotshot debut novelist Patrick Lane joins Giller short-lister Joseph Boyden, Damon Galgut, Lorna Crozier and Nathaniel Rich for readings in the Brigantine Room at 8 pm.
Friday, October 31
The festival has cut back its non-fiction component - a bummer, some of us think - so be thankful for Real Stories Of True Lives, IFOA's one non-fiction night, and an all-Canadian one, featuring Christopher Dewdney, Charlotte Gray, Richard Gwyn, Adam Sol and M.G. Vassanji. 8 pm, Brigantine Room.
Saturday, November 1
Check out the writers in the running for this year's Giller and choose your fave for Canada's richest literary prize. Will it be Joseph Boyden, Anthony De Sa, Marina Endicott, Rawi Hage or Mary Swan? 8 pm, Fleck Dance Theatre.