Less is more
It's hard to imagine that the words "too much of a good thing" could apply to one of the world's most important literary festivals. But that's what organizers of the International Festival Of Authors discovered last year.
There were too many events, and the result was too many middling houses.
This year there are fewer authors and fewer apparently randomly put-together panels, which should result in more focused and coherent events.
Poets r us
Poets, formerly a neglected species at the Authors Fest, finally get their due this year. Each series of readings by prose writers will begin with a reading by a local poet.
Also on tap is a fascinating event coordinated in conjunction with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) that brings local poets together with local filmmakers. Writers read from their works as silent films inspired by their poetry are projected in the background.
Look for pairings like Shana MacDonald with Margaret Christakos , Carl Brown with John Barlow , Madi Piller with Priscila Uppal and more.
This program runs at the Studio Theatre Sunday (October 21) from 3 to 5 pm. Bonus: it's the kind of event you can drop into and leave. Extra bonus: you can meet and drink with the artists at an after-show reception. Bigger and better bonus: this event is free.
J.K. Rowling makes her only Canadian appearance this fall at the festival Tuesday (October 23) at 10 am - take note that this is a morning event - at the Winter Garden Theatre (189 Yonge). She reads, takes questions from the fans and signs books. Tickets only available through a random draw at www.raincoast.com/harrypotter/index.html.