Fleck Dance Theatre, formerly Premiere Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West), Lakeside Terrace (235 Queens Quay West), Studio Theatre (235 Queens Quay West), Marilyn Brewer Community Space (235 Queens Quay West). 416-973-4000, readings.org.
$15, students free at door with ID; PEN benefit $35/$125; Governor General's Literary Awards finalists $25; Giller readings $25; Young IFOA students $12, public $5 (author event only); reVERSible Poetry Encounter free.
Online at readings.org; in person at York Quay Centre box office (235 Queens Quay West) Tuesday to Saturday 1 to 6 pm (8 pm on nights with events); by phone at 416-973-4000 Tuesday to Saturday 1 to 6 pm (8 pm on nights with events); e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; by mail to International Readings, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8.
See full schedule at readings.org.
What's new at the festival
FEWER AUTHORS, BETTER SLATE
Writing this year's Authors Fest tipsheet was harder than ever before, thanks to a smartly stripped-down roster and fewer round tables featuring writers whose connections to each other are tenuous at best. This year, onstage interviews feature writers who belong together.
Colm Tóibín's everywhere, including on the Giller jury, and his presence in Toronto has galvanized organizers to focus in on Irish literature. The It's Irish series promises to be this fest's lucky charm.
You don't have to buy a ticket to a show to get face time with an Authors Festival writer. Book lovers are invited to the Marilyn Brewer Community Space at Queens Quay, where authors will be signing for fans whether they've attended an event or not. Info on who's where when is available on the IFOA site at readings.org.
A NEW AWARDS NIGHT
The Authors Fest has featured readings by Giller Prize and Governor General's Award short-listers for years, and now adds another set of readings by authors shortlisted for the Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Good thing, too, because that short list is terrific, including Rivka Galchen, Miriam Toews, Rawi Hage, Lee Henderson, Patrick Lane and Larry C. Murray. Wednesday (October 29), 8 pm, Brigantine Room.