Critics pick the best of this year’s IFOA

Thursday, October 22 History takes centre stage when.

Thursday, October 22

History takes centre stage when Carolyn Harris, author of Magna Carta And Its Gifts To Canada, appears at Fort York to talk about the 13th-century document that transformed British law. 8 pm.

Friday, October 23

IFOA puts the focus on Catalan writers with readings from Anna Aguilar-Amat, Flavia Company, Marc Pastor, Jordi Puntí, Toni Sala, Martí Sales, Francesc Serés and Teresa Solana, traditional Catalan food, drink and music. 8:30 pm. Pub Hub.

Saturday, October 24

Graphic novelists Dylan Horrocks, Jillian Tamaki and Adrian Tomine spark Drawing Graphic Conclusions, a discussion about one of the fastest growing literary genres. 8:30 pm. Lakeside Terrace.

Sunday, October 25

Refugees are, unfortunately, top of mind lately. Giuseppe Catozzella, Brendan de Caires, Assaf Gavron and Witold Szabłowski – who’ve all written on the subject – join the Modern Refugee panel. 4 pm. Brigantine Room.


Governor General’s Award fiction finalists Kate Cayley.

Monday, October 26

GG Books Live! Governor General’s Award fiction finalists Kate Cayley, Helen Humphreys, Clifford Jackman and Guy Vanderhaeghe talk with Carol Off. 8 pm. Fleck Dance Theatre.

Tuesday, October 27

A high-powered session of readings features Catherine Graham, Lauren Groff, Kirstin Innes, Audrey Niffenegger, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Neil Smith. 7:30 pm. Fleck Dance Theatre. 

Wednesday, October 28

Aleksandar Hemon, Caryl Phillips and Zadie Smith help Eleanor Wachtel celebrate the 25th anniversary of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company. 7:30 pm. Fleck Dance Theatre. 

Thursday, October 29

Richard Crouse does an onstage interview with the great conversationalist Lawrence Hill, author of The Illegal and The Book Of Negroes. 7:30 pm. Fleck Dance Theatre. 

Friday, October 30

Brian Francis hosts the Scream panel, featuring thriller writers Edgar Cantero, Nick Cutter, James Grainger, Alexandra Grigorescu, Hannah Kent, Matt Lennox and Robert J. Wiersema. 7:30 pm. Brigantine Room.

Saturday, October 31

Big-buzz author Garth Risk Hallberg talks to Jared Bland about his genre-busting novel City On Fire. 4 pm. Brigantine Room.

Sunday, November 1

Austin Clarke, Rabindranath Maharaj, John Sewell and others celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards. 2 pm. Brigantine Room.

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust non-fiction prizewinner Rosemary Sullivan (Stalin’s Daughter) talks with Anne Michaels. Noon. Fleck Dance Theatre.

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