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100 Queen St. West (Nathan Phillips Square), Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N3 Canada
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130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario Canada
220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H1 Canada
425 University Ave, Suite 401, Toronto, ON M5G 1T6 Canada
Ben McNally Books (0.2 miles)
366 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5H 4B2 Canada
10 Edward Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G1C9 Canada
505 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 2P2 Canada
Britnell Books (0.3 miles)
908-100 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H1S3 Canada
The Silver Snail (0.3 miles)
329 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario M5B 1R7 Canada
555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8 Canada
354 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1S5 Canada
17 Gould St., Toronto, ON M5B 2L1 Canada
Lit City (0.3 miles)
Various locations, Toronto, Canada
1 First Canadian Place (Unit SM18), Toronto, ON M5X 1B5 Canada
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3 Canada
600 University Ave. Main Lobby, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5 Canada
BMV Express (0.4 miles)
244 Queen St. W, Toronto, Ontario Canada
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4 Canada
Violet Fire Books (0.4 miles)
50 Stephanie Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1B3 Canada
199 Bay Street, P.O. Box 159, Toronto, Ontario M5L 1E7 Canada
200 Elizabeth St., Toronto, ON M5G 2C4 Canada
25 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2R1 Canada
100 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5J 1V6 Canada

Local events

Oct
25
Improving Your Writing
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 10am
Your writing is good, but how do you make it great? In this intensive one-day workshop, bestselling novelist Brian Francis and Doubleday Canada senior editor Nita Pronovost give you the insider tips and tools to take your fiction writing to the next level. The workshop will cover:
• Beats in fiction
Characterization and exposition
• Finding your voice
• Avoiding unintentional repetition
• Points of view
• Showing, not telling
• Style and sophistication
• The role of an editor
• The acquisition process
• Book genres
• The importance of story structure
• Improving your prose

At the end of the session, you’ll have valuable insight that will not only help you become a better writer, but also help you get your writing noticed by industry professionals.

About instructor Brian Francis:

Brian Francis’ most recent novel, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of 2011. His first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist.

About instructor Nita Pronovost:

Nita Pronovost is a senior editor at Doubleday Canada, an imprint of Random House of Canada. She works on a range of fiction and non-fiction that includes celebrity memoirs, thrillers and mysteries, historical fiction and women’s commercial novels. Her bestselling author list includes Roberta Rich, Eva Stachniak, Joy Fielding, Linwood Barclay, Kevin O’Leary and Russell Peters.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $113 (Jenni_Canuck)
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Oct
25
ROUND TABLE – Globalization + Literature: Breaking Down Barriers
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 11am
Three international authors discuss how the translation of their work into English has unlocked a universal audience that was unattainable in their native language. Martin Solotruk will host.

This event is part of Found in Translation, a yearly Festival focus on the art of literary translation with the goal of increasing Canadian awareness of international talent.

Jonas T. Bengtsson was born in 1976. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and prize-winning debut Amina’s Letters, which won the BG Bank First Book Award and was a finalist for the Weekendavisens Litterature Prize. His second novel, Submarino, was awarded the PO Enquist Literary Prize and was adapted into a film by Thomas Vinterberg. Bengtsson presents his third novel, A Fairy Tale, an unforgettable story about the profound love between a father and son. It was a finalist for the Danish Radio Literature Prize for Best Novel of the Year.

Andrej Blatnik is a writer of both fiction and criticism. He has also worked as a translator, translating the work of Paul Bowes, among others. Blatnik presents Law of Desire, an expansive collection of 16 stories about “urban nomads” lost in a labyrinth of pop culture.

Drago Jančar is one of Slovenia’s best-known writers at home and abroad. He is the recipient of Slovenia’s highest literary honour, the Prešeren Award, and was awarded the European Prize for Literature. Jančar presents his latest novel, The Tree with No Name. Shifting between Slovenia’s post-communist present and its wartime occupation by the Axis, it is a compelling and universally significant story of an individual confronting the constraints on truth set by his—and every—culture.

Martin Solotruk was born in Bratislava in 1970. He graduated from Comenius University, where he now teaches. Solotruk's first book of poetry, Tichévojny, won a Slovak Literary Fund award. His poems have appeared in numerous international anthologies, and he has read at festivals and events around the world. He also translates poetry from English, for which he has won several awards. Solotruk is Director of ArsPoetica International, a poetry festival and publishing house.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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Oct
25
In Conversation with Roch Carrier
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 11am
Roch Carrier, one of Canada’s most beloved storytellers and the author of the well-known classic The Hockey Sweater, discusses Montcalm and Wolfe, his new dual biography of the two generals and their famous battle on the Plains of Abraham. He will be interviewed by historical fiction writer C.C. Humphreys.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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Event location: Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8
Oct
25
ARTIST TALK: John Boyne
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 12pm
Author John Boyne discusses his creative process and some of the unique challenges and opportunities that writing and publishing present today. Steven W. Beattie hosts.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:00 PM
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
25
IFOA Windsor: Louise Welsh
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 1pm
Scottish thriller writer Louise Welsh will be presenting her latest literary suspense fiction and first “outbreak” in the Plague Times trilogy, A Lovely Way to Burn, on October 25, 2014 at 1pm at the Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre. Ted Shaw, arts and entertainment columnist for the Windsor Star, will host and interview.

Tickets for this event, in partnership with BookFest Windsor, are $20 ($5 for students) for a day pass, which includes an Alistair MacLeod tribute, as well as writing workshops and panels.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre, 121 University West, Windsor, Ontario N9A 5P4

Cost: $20/$5 students (Jenni_Canuck)
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Event location: Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre, 121 University West, Windsor, Ontario N9A 5P4
Oct
25
ROUND TABLE: Core of Meaning
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 1pm
What’s lost when a novel is translated? Does the essence of the story remain the same? Four international authors discuss. Valerie Miles hosts and moderates.

This event is part of Found in Translation, a yearly Festival focus on the art of literary translation with the goal of increasing Canadian awareness of international talent.

Andrés Barba is a novelist, essayist, translator, scriptwriter and photographer. He is the author of a total of 12 books of literary fiction, non-fiction, photography, arts and children’s literature. He has been awarded the Premio Torrente Ballester de Narrativa, the Premio Anagrama de Ensayo and the Premio Juan March de Narrativa. In 2010, he was named one of Granta’s 22 best young Spanish-language writers. Barba’s works have been translated into 10 languages. He presents Rain Over Madrid, a book comprised of four novellas that tackle death, the inability to communicate feelings, the sudden eruption of love and the fear of happiness.

Nicolás Casariego (Spain) has written fiction, essays, children’s books and travel articles, and is the co-scriptwriter of several feature films. Cazadores de luz, his second novel, was a finalist for the Premio Nadal Award. He is also the author of Carahueca, a movie tie-in of the screenplay he co-wrote for Intruders. In 2008 he was awarded the Writers Omi residence fellowship for international writers at Ledig House, New York. Casariego presents Antón Mallick Wants to Be Happy, a refreshing and funny novel about a man who wants to end his woeful days and have a more positive outlook on life.

Valerie Miles is a writer, translator, editor and co–founder of Granta en español. She worked first as publishing director at Emecé Editores (Planeta) before moving to Alfaguara (Santillana), where she founded The New York Review of Books classics collection in Spanish. In 2013, the Buenos Aires Book Fair voted her one of the “Most Influential Professionals in Publishing.” Miles presents A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, perhaps the greatest cross-section of contemporary Spanish-language literature to be anthologized. She brings to this collection original interviews with every author, along with biographic prefaces before each, in order to best introduce the reader to the author’s entire oeuvre and his or her literary impact.

Fuminori Nakamura is a graduate of Fukushima University. He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including the Oe Prize, Japan’s largest literary award, and the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. The Thief, his first novel to be translated into English, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell, Nakamura presents Last Winter We Parted, winner of the 2014 David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction. Nakamura’s novel is a dark and twisting house of mirrors that philosophically explores the violence of aesthetics and the horrors of identity.

Gonçalo M. Tavares was born in Luanda, Angola. He has published numerous books since 2001 and has been awarded an impressive number of literary prizes, including the José Saramago Literary Prize in 2005. He was also awarded the Prêmio Portugal Telecom de Literatura em Língua Portuguesa 2007 for Jerusalém. Tavares presents the final installment in the “Kingdom” cycle, A Man: Klaus Klamp, a harrowing portrait of a man without values, making his way through a world almost as immoral.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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Oct
25
ROUND TABLE: Translate Yourself?
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 1pm
Two French authors and one translator explore the process of translation and the merits of translating your own work versus having it translated. Martha Baillie hosts and moderates.

This event is part of Found in Translation, a yearly Festival focus on the art of literary translation with the goal of increasing Canadian awareness of international talent.

Martha Baillie is the author of four novels. Her most recent, The Incident Report, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was included in The Globe and Mail’s list of Best Books for 2009. She has written about contemporary visual art for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Koffler Gallery and Brick magazine. Her poetry has appeared in several Canadian journals. Baillie presents The Search for Heinrich Schlögel. Her hypnotic new novel follows the titular character from Germany to Canada, where he sets out on a two-week hike into the isolated interior of Baffin Island.

Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French, including Je marche sous un ciel de traîne and Réparer les vivants, which won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire. She has also published a collection of short stories, Ni fleurs ni couronnes, and a novella, Tangente vers l’est. She presents her first novel to be translated into English, Birth of a Bridge (Naissance d’un pont). The winner of the Prix Franz Hessel and Prix Medicis in 2010, it is a literary saga of a dozen men and women who are charged with building a bridge somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

Nancy Huston is the author of 12 novels, including Fault Lines, winner of the Prix Femina and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year; Plainsong, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for French-Language Fiction; Slow Emergencies, winner of the Prix Louis-Hémon, and The Mark of An Angel, which was awarded the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle. She presents Black Dance. A rich portrait of one man’s life and death, it is a novel packed with humour and pathos, and written with Huston’s signature vivacity.

Jessica Moore is an author and translator. She is a former Lannan writer in residence and winner of a PEN Translation Fund Grant for her translation of Turkana Boy, a poetic novel by Jean-François Beauchemin. Moore’s first collection of poems, Everything, now, was published in 2012. She is also a songwriter: her debut album, Beautiful in Red, was released in 2013. Moore is the English translator of French author Maylis de Kerangal’s Birth of a Bridge. She presents the book alongside its author.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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Oct
25
POET SUMMIT: Gary Geddes, Catherine Graham, Julie Joosten, David Martin, Jacob Scheier and Adam Sol
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 2pm
Join poets Gary Geddes, Catherine Graham, Julie Joosten, Jacob Scheier, Adam Sol and this year’s CBC Poetry Prize winner, David Martin, as they read from their latest works. Hosted by the CBC’s Mary Ito.

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and criticism. Geddes has won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile. Geddes presents his latest poetry collection, What Does a House Want?, a polished and cinematographic take on numerous ideas from Israeli-Palestinian violence to the reputation of Ezra Pound.

Catherine Graham is the author of four previous poetry collections: The Watch, and acclaimed trilogy Pupa, The Red Element and Winterkill. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Graham’s poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies around the world. She presents her newest collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects. Paying homage to two late literary voices—Irish poet Dorothy Molloy and renowned Canadian poet P.K. Page—Graham has crafted an ocean-spanning book of deep feeling, good humour and hard-won solace.

Mary Ito has had a long history of broadcasting, most recently as host of CBC's Living in Toronto. She worked at TVOntario for five years as host of a daily talk show called More to Life, which covered an eclectic range of topics in health, education, arts and culture, business and family issues. She also worked at Global TV as the anchor of a daily health report called Health Matters.

Julie Joosten is originally from Georgia. She has an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD from Cornell University. Her poems and reviews can be found in Jacket 2, Tarpaulin Sky, The Fiddlehead and The Malahat Review. She presents her first book of poetry, Light Light, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. It explores the way language captures the undulation of a mind’s working, how that rhythm becomes the embodiment of thought and how that embodiment forms a politics engaged with the environment and its increasing alterations.

David Martin is this year’s recipient of the CBC Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in journals and magazines such as The Malahat Review, Grain, Event, The Fiddlehead, filling Station, CV2 and Alberta Views. He is a board member for the Single Onion, Calgary's longest-running poetry reading series. He lives in Calgary.

Jacob Scheier is a poet and journalist from Toronto. His debut collection, More To Keep Us Warm, won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry. Scheier’s poems have been published in literary journals and magazines across North America, including Descant, Geist and Rattle, and have been heard on CBC Radio. He presents his latest collection, Letter from Brooklyn, in which he explores themes of love, loss, history, identity, protest and popular culture. He moves from the inner worlds of grief and love to form a poetic dialect between the familial and the historical.

Adam Sol is the author of three previous books, including Jeremiah, Ohio, a novel in poems that was shortlisted for Ontario's Trillium Award for Poetry, and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He has published fiction, scholarly essays and reviews for The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and many others. He is an Associate Professor of English at Laurentian University's campus in Barrie, Ontario. Sol presents Complicity, an intimate, experimental and outlandish collection that focuses on the inescapable troubling structures that determine our lives.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
25
In Conversation with Roxane Gay
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 2pm
Roxane Gay, debut novelist and “bad feminist,” sits down to talk to The Globe and Mail‘s Siri Agrell about her stunning first novel, An Untamed State, about a woman kidnapped for ransom in Haiti and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Event location: Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Oct
25
READING: Ted Barris, Adam Foulds, Robert Glancy and David Macfarlane
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 4pm
Writers Ted Barris, Adam Foulds, Robert Glancy and David Macfarlane read from their latest works with host Nathan Whitlock.

Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to The Globe and Mail, the National Post and various national magazines, Barris is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto. He has authored 17 non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy and Juno. He presents The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, which chronicles one of the most astonishing prison breaks in WWII from the viewpoint of those who experienced it.

Adam Foulds completed his MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and now lives in South London. Foulds is the recipient of the 2008 Costa Poetry Award for The Broken Word, and his novel The Quickening Maze was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Foulds presents In the Wolf’s Mouth, a novel set mostly in Sicily during WWII. With great lyrical intensity, it explores war and the Mafia, innocence and corruption, and history as an accumulation of the irrevocable.

Robert Glancy was born in Zambia in 1975 and raised in Malawi. At 14, he moved from Africa to Edinburgh, and then went on to study history at Cambridge. By day he works in PR and by night he writes. Glancy currently lives in New Zealand with his wife and children. He presents his riotously funny and slyly insightful debut novel, Terms & Conditions, about a contracts lawyer who thinks and lives in the fine print.

David Macfarlane has won numerous National Magazine and National Newspaper Awards. His novel Summer Gone was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. His most recent novel, The Figures of Beauty, was met with great acclaim. He currently writes a weekly column in the Toronto Star. Macfarlane presents his memoir, The Danger Tree: Memory, War, and the Search for a Family's Past, which won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Non-Fiction. Weaving together the major events of the 20th century in Newfoundland, Macfarlane brings this storied region to life with wit, insight and affection.

Nathan Whitlock is the author of A Week of This: A Novel in Seven Days and is associate editor of Toronto Life magazine. His writing and reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Maisonneuve, Fashion and elsewhere.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 4:00 PM
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
25
READING: John Boyne, Peter Robinson, Matthew Thomas and Tim Winton
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 4pm
Writers John Boyne, Peter Robinson, Matthew Thomas and Tim Winton read from their latest works. Grace O’Connell hosts.

John Boyne is the author of nine novels for adults and four for younger readers. His novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas sold more than six million copies worldwide and was made into a Miramax feature film. His books have been published in more than 45 languages. Boyne presents his latest novel for young readers, Stay Where You Are and Then Leave, a moving and uplifting WWI story about a young boy, his father and a secret.

Grace O'Connell holds an MFA in creative writing. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, Quill & Quire and EYE Weekly. She has taught creative writing at George Brown College and now works as a freelance writer and editor in Toronto. She is the author of the national bestseller Magnified World.

Peter Robinson is the author of the hugely successful Inspector Banks series, two short story collections and three standalone novels, the most recent of which, the bestselling Before the Poison, won the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada, Sweden's Golden Crowbar Award and the 2013 Dilys Award. Robinson's novels have been published in translation worldwide, and several Inspector Banks novels have been adapted for television. He presents the 22nd book in the DCI Banks series, Abattoir Blues, which sees Banks heading an investigation into the bizarre disappearance of two local boys.

Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. Thomas presents his riveting debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, which charts the story of the American Century through one Irish-American family, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII.

Tim Winton is the bestselling author of Cloudstreet, The Riders and Dirt Music, among many other books. He has won the Miles Franklin Award four times and has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Winton presents Eyrie, a thrilling and vertigo-inducing morality tale about a man struggling to accomplish good in a fallen world.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 4:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Event location: Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Oct
25
ROUND TABLE: So Long, Marianne
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 4pm
The author, translator and subject of So Long, Marianne discuss this fascinating book. Marianne Ihlen was Canadian poet Leonard Cohen’s muse and lover. Richard Crouse moderates.

Richard Crouse is a regular film critic for CTV’s Canada AM. He is also the author of six books on pop culture history and writes two weekly columns for Metro newspaper.

Helle V. Goldman spent her childhood on the Greek island of Hydra and in Providence, Rhode Island. She resides with her husband and daughter on yet another island, this time in Norway—above the Arctic Circle—where she is the chief editor of an international scientific journal. She presents So Long, Marianne, which she translated into English from author Kari Hesthamar’s Norwegian. The book chronicles the story of Leonard Cohen’s lover and muse, Marianne Ihlen.

Journalist Kari Hesthamar heads the radio features department of Norway’s National Broadcasting Company. Creating radio documentaries that are “films” for listeners’ ears, she has been awarded the Prix Italia and thrice the Prix Europa. Hesthamar presents So Long, Marianne, which, with never before seen photos, facsimiles and letters, documents the story of the woman who inspired and was immortalized in so many of Leonard Cohen’s songs and poems. The radio documentary that acted as the basis for this book won the Prix Europa in 2006.

At 22, Marianne Ihlen travelled to the Greek island of Hydra with Norwegian writer Axel Jensen. While Axel wrote, Marianne kept house. One day while Marianne was shopping in a grocery store, a man asked her to join him and some friends at their table. He introduced himself as Leonard Cohen, then a little-known Canadian poet. When the erratic and explosive Axel abandoned Marianne and their newborn son for another woman, Leonard stepped in and a new, tender love affair began. Ihlen discusses So Long, Marianne by Kari Hesthamar, which documents her story.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 4:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
25
In Conversation with Karl Ove Knausgård
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm
Norwegian literary sensation Karl Ove Knausgård discusses the third book in his acclaimed My Struggle cycle, Boyhood Island, with Canadian author Sheila Heti. Siri Agrell hosts.

Siri Agrell is a Toronto-based writer and communications strategist. She served as Deputy Director of Communications to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne after working for more than a decade as a reporter for publications like The Globe and Mail, National Post and Ottawa Citizen. She is the co-founder of TypeFace, a literary portrait project that benefits the Toronto Public Library Foundation. Her first book, Bad Bridesmaid, was published in 2007.

Sheila Heti is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, The Middle Stories, which was published in Germany, France, the Netherlands, the United States, and Spain. Her most recent book is the novel Ticknor. She is a regular interviewer for the journal The Believer and is the creator of the popular lecture series Trampoline Hall.

Karl Ove Knausgård’s novel Out of the World was the first-ever debut to win the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature. He is the author of the breathtaking My Struggle cycle, which includes six novels that can be read independently or as one hugely ambitious project. Knausgård presents the third installment of the My Struggle cycle, Boyhood Island, an autobiographical story of family, memory and how we never become quite what we set out to be.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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Oct
26
READING: Martha Baillie, Nick Cutter, Roxane Gay and Gary Geddes
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 11am
Writers Martha Baillie, Nick Cutter, Roxane Gay and Gary Geddes read from their latest works. Farzana Doctor hosts.

Martha Baillie is the author of four novels. Her most recent, The Incident Report, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was included in The Globe and Mail’s list of Best Books for 2009. She has written about contemporary visual art for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Koffler Gallery and Brick magazine. Her poetry has appeared in several Canadian journals. Baillie presents The Search for Heinrich Schlögel. Her hypnotic new novel follows the titular character from Germany to Canada, where he sets out on a two-week hike into the isolated interior of Baffin Island.

Nick Cutter is one of the pen names that acclaimed author Craig Davidson has published both novels and short stories under. His novel Cataract City was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Under the name Nick Cutter, Davidson presents The Troop, the story of a group of boys who set out into the Canadian wilderness on a three-day camping trip that quickly takes a terrifying turn.

Farzana Doctor’s first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and was nominated for Masala!Mehndi!Masti! People’s Choice Award. She has also written on social work and diversity-related topics, and in her spare time she provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services. Doctor's most recent novel, Six Metres of Pavement, is about a man who struggles to continue living after his daughter’s tragic death. Things begin to change, however, when he befriends two very different women: a young queer activist and his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour.

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, The Rumpus, Salon and numerous anthologies. Her first book, Ayiti, was a collection of poetry and short stories. She is the co-editor of PANK and she teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. Gay presents her stunning debut novel, An Untamed State, about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and criticism. Geddes has won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile. Geddes presents his latest poetry collection, What Does a House Want?, a polished and cinematographic take on numerous ideas from Israeli-Palestinian violence to the reputation of Ezra Pound.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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Oct
26
READING: Ann Eriksson, Damon Galgut, Julie Joosten and Lois Leveen
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 11am
Writers Ann Eriksson, Damon Galgut, Julie Joosten and Lois Leveen read from their latest works. Grace O’Connell hosts.

Ann Eriksson is the author of three previous novels: Decomposing Maggie, In the Hands of Anubis and Falling from Grace, which was awarded a Silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Eriksson is a biologist and a founding director of the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy. She presents her fourth novel, High Clear Bell of Morning, about a family dealing with schizophrenia and the frustrations that come with this tragic disease.

Damon Galgut is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. His novel The Good Doctor was a regional winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Galgut presents Arctic Summer, an intimate portrait of E.M. Forster, his life, his struggles with homosexuality and the writing of his universally loved novel A Passage to India.

Julie Joosten is originally from Georgia. She has an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD from Cornell University. Her poems and reviews can be found in Jacket 2, Tarpaulin Sky, The Fiddlehead and The Malahat Review. She presents her first book of poetry, Light Light, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. It explores the way language captures the undulation of a mind’s working, how that rhythm becomes the embodiment of thought and how that embodiment forms a politics engaged with the environment and its increasing alterations.

Lois Leveen is a novelist, poet, educator and historian. Her work has appeared in numerous literary and scholarly journals, such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Bitch magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and on NPR. Leveen gives talks about writing and history at universities, museums and libraries around the United States. She presents Juliet’s Nurse, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of the nurse.

Grace O'Connell holds an MFA in creative writing. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The Walrus, Taddle Creek, Quill & Quire and EYE Weekly. She has taught creative writing at George Brown College and now works as a freelance writer and editor in Toronto. She is the author of the national bestseller Magnified World.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
26
ROUND TABLE: Boys to Men
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 12pm
Three critically acclaimed authors discuss right and wrong, the loss of innocence and the journey to manhood in the lives of their male characters. Mark Medley will host.

Adam Foulds completed his MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and now lives in South London. Foulds is the recipient of the 2008 Costa Poetry Award for The Broken Word, and his novel The Quickening Maze was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Foulds presents In the Wolf’s Mouth, a novel set mostly in Sicily during WWII. With great lyrical intensity, it explores war and the Mafia, innocence and corruption, and history as an accumulation of the irrevocable.

Karl Ove Knausgård’s novel Out of the World was the first-ever debut to win the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature. He is the author of the breathtaking My Struggle cycle, which includes six novels that can be read independently or as one hugely ambitious project. Knausgård presents the third installment of the My Struggle cycle, Boyhood Island, an autobiographical story of family, memory and how we never become quite what we set out to be.

Mark Medley is The Globe and Mail's books editor. Before that he spent more than seven years with the National Post, where he served as an arts reporter, books editor and managed the paper's books blog, The Afterword. His work has appeared in publications across North America, including The Walrus and Toronto Life. He currently sits on PEN Canada's Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Committee of Humber's School for Writers.

Tim Winton is the bestselling author of Cloudstreet, The Riders and Dirt Music, among many other books. He has won the Miles Franklin Award four times and has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Winton presents Eyrie, a thrilling and vertigo-inducing morality tale about a man struggling to accomplish good in a fallen world.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 12:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
26
ROUND TABLE: Outer Influences
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 12pm
Where does a story come from? A poet and two novelists share their influences and inspirations. Steven W. Beattie will moderate.

Toronto writer and critic Steven W. Beattie is the review editor for Quill & Quire. His writing has appeared in the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canadian Notes & Queries and elsewhere. He maintains the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.

Adam Sol is the author of three previous books, including Jeremiah, Ohio, a novel in poems that was shortlisted for Ontario's Trillium Award for Poetry, and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He has published fiction, scholarly essays and reviews for The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and many others. He is an Associate Professor of English at Laurentian University's campus in Barrie, Ontario. Sol presents Complicity, an intimate, experimental and outlandish collection that focuses on the inescapable troubling structures that determine our lives.

Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. Thomas presents his riveting debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, which charts the story of the American Century through one Irish-American family, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII.

Russell Wangersky is a writer, editor and columnist. He has written five books, including Whirl Away, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself, a winner of the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He works at the St. John’s Telegram as the editorial page editor. Wangersky presents Walt, a dark, psychological thriller about a grocery store cleaner who is pursued by police detectives unsatisfied with the answers he’s given about his wife’s disappearance.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 12:00 PM
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
26
China@IFOA
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 1pm
The IFOA is delighted to present the first-ever CHINA@IFOA. This discussion between prominent Chinese authors Tashi Dawa, Yucheng Jin and Yan Li, and literary critic Zhanjun Shi is made possible by the generous support of the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo. Jonathan Campbell hosts and moderates.

Jonathan Campbell is the author of Red Rock: The Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll and a former resident of Beijing, where he was a writer, promoter, producer, manager and drummer. He lives in Toronto, where he works in the arts and culture industry.

Tashi Dawa is a member of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, as well as the chairman of both the Tibetan Writers’ Association and the Tibet Autonomous Region Federation of Literature. He is the author of Unrest in Shambhala, Tibet: The Mysterious Years and Tibet: The Cord Tied to the Soul. He has received many awards, including the Golden Rooster Award, the Chinese Television Flying Apsaras Award and the Fine Horse Prize for ethnic minority writing.

Yucheng Jin is the author of multiple short stories and novels, including Floating in the Red Ocean, City Map and Abundant Flowers. He currently works as the deputy editor of Shanghai Literature. Jin’s resourceful knowledge of tradition and local dialect, along with his understanding of modern living, has become a great asset to him. Through Jin’s words, the monotony of daily life becomes full of meaning and delight.

Yan Li was born in Beijing, where she worked as a teacher, translator and journalist before coming to Canada in 1987. She is the director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo and the coordinator of the Chinese language programme at Renison University College. She is also a bilingual author. Li presents her latest novel, Lily in the Snow, which provides a unique perspective on the universal tale of intergenerational conflict, and explores the Chinese immigrant experience in Canada with humour and insight.

Zhangjun Shi holds a PhD in Literature and was a professor and Vice Dean of the Literature department at Shandong University. He has also served as the Vice Dean for Lu Xun Literature of the Chinese Writers Association, Vice Chair for the Chinese Novels Association and is a board member of the Chinese Contemporary Literary Research Association. His publications include Soul of Literature, Shattered Time and Late Night Notes Before the End of the Century. Shi currently works as the chief editor for People’s Literature and the English editor for Pathlight.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
26
Koffler@IFOA presents Dualities: Tales of Two
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 2pm
Koffler Centre of the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts organization and an independent not-for-profit based in Jewish culture. They engage in dialogue through contemporary arts that have local, national and international resonance. Koffler joins with the IFOA again this year to host an event featuring authors Shelly Oria and Alison Pick, who will discuss their most recent works, which explore the navigation of multiple cultures and faiths. They will be interviewed by Cynthia Good.

Cynthia Good has been in the publishing industry for almost 35 years. She was the first Editorial Director of Penguin Group (Canada) before becoming President and Publisher. When she resigned, she joined Humber College, where she developed the Creative Book Publishing Program. Recently, she stepped down from that position to take on the newly created role of Director, Student & Industry Initiatives. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Humber Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for outstanding volunteer service.

Shelly Oria is an award-winning debut author who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. A MacDowell Fellow in 2012, Oria curates the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers in the East Village and teaches fiction at Pratt Institute. She is presenting her short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, with stories about existential strangeness, otherworldliness and the search for belonging.

Alison Pick is the author of Far to Go, which was longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction and was named a Top 10 of 2010 Book by NOW Magazine and the Toronto Star. She is also a noted poet. Pick presents her moving and unforgettable memoir, Between Gods, which explores family secrets and the rediscovered past.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
26
Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Finalists
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 2pm
For the third time, the IFOA is delighted to present a panel discussion between the writers nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, Canada’s richest prize for a work of non-fiction, which celebrates personal or journalistic essays, history, biography, memoirs, commentary and criticism, both social and political. Rachel Giese hosts and moderates.

The winner of the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction will be announced on October 14, 2014.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2:00 PM
The Brigantine Room-Bill Boyle Artport, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
26
ROUND TABLE: You Write Funny
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 3pm
What tickles your funny bone? Join three hilarious wordsmiths for a riotous discussion about how they write laughter into their books. Andrew Kaufman hosts and moderates.

Elyse Friedman is the author of the novels Then Again and Waking Beauty, Long Story Short: A Novella and Stories and the poetry collection Know Your Monkey. Her work has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award and the ReLit Award, and has won a Gold National Magazine Award for fiction. She presents the gleefully scathing, surprisingly touching The Answer to Everything. The novel, about a gifted artist (and even more gifted freeloader) who decides to start his own cult, explores the gap between reason and faith, and the human need for connection, fulfillment and transcendence.

Robert Glancy was born in Zambia in 1975 and raised in Malawi. At 14, he moved from Africa to Edinburgh, and then went on to study history at Cambridge. By day he works in PR and by night he writes. Glancy currently lives in New Zealand with his wife and children. He presents his riotously funny and slyly insightful debut novel, Terms & Conditions, about a contracts lawyer who thinks and lives in the fine print.

Andrew Kaufman was born in the town of Wingham, Ontario. This is the same town that Alice Munro was born in, which makes him the second best writer from a town of three thousand. He attended F.E. Madill High School. His is the author of Born Weird, All My Friends are Superheros, The Waterproof Bible and the short story collection Selected Business Correspondence. He, for now, lives in Toronto with his awesome wife and two kids, Phoenix and Frida.

Simon Rich is the author of three short story collections, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Ant Farm, and Free-Range Chickens. He has also written two novels, Elliot Allagash and What in God’s Name. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and he was one of the youngest writers ever hired on Saturday Night Live. Rich presents his latest, Spoiled Brats, a surreal, shrewd and hilarious collection of stories culled from the front lines of the millennial culture wars.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
26
READING: Around the World in 60 Minutes
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 4pm
International authors Andrés Barba, Jonas T. Bengtsson, Andrej Blatnik, Nicolás Casariego, Maylis de Kerangal, Drago Jančar, Yan Li, Valerie Miles, Fuminori Nakamura and Martin Solotruk present selections from their most recent works. Evan Munday hosts.

This event is part of Found in Translation, a yearly Festival focus on the art of literary translation with the goal of increasing Canadian awareness of international talent.

Andrés Barba is a novelist, essayist, translator, scriptwriter and photographer. He is the author of a total of 12 books of literary fiction, non-fiction, photography, arts and children’s literature. He has been awarded the Premio Torrente Ballester de Narrativa, the Premio Anagrama de Ensayo and the Premio Juan March de Narrativa. In 2010, he was named one of Granta’s 22 best young Spanish-language writers. Barba’s works have been translated into 10 languages. He presents Rain Over Madrid, a book comprised of four novellas that tackle death, the inability to communicate feelings, the sudden eruption of love and the fear of happiness.

Jonas T. Bengtsson was born in 1976. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and prize-winning debut Amina’s Letters, which won the BG Bank First Book Award and was a finalist for the Weekendavisens Litterature Prize. His second novel, Submarino, was awarded the PO Enquist Literary Prize and was adapted into a film by Thomas Vinterberg. Bengtsson presents his third novel, A Fairy Tale, an unforgettable story about the profound love between a father and son. It was a finalist for the Danish Radio Literature Prize for Best Novel of the Year.

Andrej Blatnik is a writer of both fiction and criticism. He has also worked as a translator, translating the work of Paul Bowes, among others. Blatnik presents Law of Desire, an expansive collection of 16 stories about “urban nomads” lost in a labyrinth of pop culture.

Nicolás Casariego (Spain) has written fiction, essays, children’s books and travel articles, and is the co-scriptwriter of several feature films. Cazadores de luz, his second novel, was a finalist for the Premio Nadal Award. He is also the author of Carahueca, a movie tie-in of the screenplay he co-wrote for Intruders. In 2008 he was awarded the Writers Omi residence fellowship for international writers at Ledig House, New York. Casariego presents Antón Mallick Wants to Be Happy, a refreshing and funny novel about a man who wants to end his woeful days and have a more positive outlook on life.

Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French, including Je marche sous un ciel de traîne and Réparer les vivants, which won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire. She has also published a collection of short stories, Ni fleurs ni couronnes, and a novella, Tangente vers l’est. She presents her first novel to be translated into English, Birth of a Bridge (Naissance d’un pont). The winner of the Prix Franz Hessel and Prix Medicis in 2010, it is a literary saga of a dozen men and women who are charged with building a bridge somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

Drago Jančar is one of Slovenia’s best-known writers at home and abroad. He is the recipient of Slovenia’s highest literary honour, the Prešeren Award, and was awarded the European Prize for Literature. Jančar presents his latest novel, The Tree with No Name. Shifting between Slovenia’s post-communist present and its wartime occupation by the Axis, it is a compelling and universally significant story of an individual confronting the constraints on truth set by his—and every—culture.

Yan Li was born in Beijing, where she worked as a teacher, translator and journalist before coming to Canada in 1987. She is the director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Waterloo and the coordinator of the Chinese language programme at Renison University College. She is also a bilingual author. Li presents her latest novel, Lily in the Snow, which provides a unique perspective on the universal tale of intergenerational conflict, and explores the Chinese immigrant experience in Canada with humour and insight.

Valerie Miles is a writer, translator, editor and co–founder of Granta en español. She worked first as publishing director at Emecé Editores (Planeta) before moving to Alfaguara (Santillana), where she founded The New York Review of Books classics collection in Spanish. In 2013, the Buenos Aires Book Fair voted her one of the “Most Influential Professionals in Publishing.” Miles presents A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, perhaps the greatest cross-section of contemporary Spanish-language literature to be anthologized. She brings to this collection original interviews with every author, along with biographic prefaces before each, in order to best introduce the reader to the author’s entire oeuvre and his or her literary impact.

Evan Munday is the author and illustrator of the Forest of Reading® Silver Birch®-nominated series of novels for young adults The Dead Kid Detective Agency. The second book in the series, Dial M for Morna, was released in late 2013. He works as a bookseller and does freelance work in publishing in Toronto.

Fuminori Nakamura is a graduate of Fukushima University. He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including the Oe Prize, Japan’s largest literary award, and the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. The Thief, his first novel to be translated into English, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Translated from the Japanese by Allison Markin Powell, Nakamura presents Last Winter We Parted, winner of the 2014 David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction. Nakamura’s novel is a dark and twisting house of mirrors that philosophically explores the violence of aesthetics and the horrors of identity.

Martin Solotruk was born in Bratislava in 1970. He graduated from Comenius University, where he now teaches. Solotruk's first book of poetry, Tichévojny, won a Slovak Literary Fund award. His poems have appeared in numerous international anthologies, and he has read at festivals and events around the world. He also translates poetry from English, for which he has won several awards. Solotruk is Director of ArsPoetica International, a poetry festival and publishing house.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00 PM
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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26
ROUND TABLE: Time for Crime
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 4pm
Three crime novelists discuss how they create suspense and develop their characters in this thrilling genre. James Grainger hosts and moderates.

James Grainger is the author of The Long Slide, which won the ReLit Award for short fiction. His reviews and articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail, Elle Canada, Men's Fashion, Sharp and Rue Morgue. His debut novel, Harmless, will be published in May by McClelland & Stewart.

John McFetridge is the author of Dirty Sweet, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Swap. He became fascinated with crime while attending a murder trial at age 12 with his police officer brother. McFetridge has also co-written a short story collection, Below the Line, and wrote for the CBS/CTV television series The Bridge. He lives in Toronto with his family. He presents Black Rock, an artfully told police procedural set in Montreal in 1970. Set against actual historical events, it is both a compelling page-turner and an accomplished novel.

Peter Robinson is the author of the hugely successful Inspector Banks series, two short story collections and three standalone novels, the most recent of which, the bestselling Before the Poison, won the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada, Sweden's Golden Crowbar Award and the 2013 Dilys Award. Robinson's novels have been published in translation worldwide, and several Inspector Banks novels have been adapted for television. He presents the 22nd book in the DCI Banks series, Abattoir Blues, which sees Banks heading an investigation into the bizarre disappearance of two local boys.

Michael Robotham started his career as a journalist, but then became a ghostwriter, writing many bestselling autobiographies in collaboration with politicians, pop stars, psychologists and adventurers. His novels have been translated into 23 languages. He is a two-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s Crime Novel of the Year and has twice been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger and once for the CWA’s acclaimed Gold Dagger award. Robotham presents Life or Death, the heart-stopping story of one man’s escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00 PM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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Oct
26
ROUND TABLE – Plotting Along: The Construction of the Novel
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 4pm
Do you plan stories or do they plan you? Three novelists share their creative processes. Ania Szado hosts and moderates.

Ann Eriksson is the author of three previous novels: Decomposing Maggie, In the Hands of Anubis and Falling from Grace, which was awarded a Silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Eriksson is a biologist and a founding director of the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy. She presents her fourth novel, High Clear Bell of Morning, about a family dealing with schizophrenia and the frustrations that come with this tragic disease.

Damon Galgut is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. His novel The Good Doctor was a regional winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Galgut presents Arctic Summer, an intimate portrait of E.M. Forster, his life, his struggles with homosexuality and the writing of his universally loved novel A Passage to India.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the author of the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, as well as the story collection Way Up, which won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. She is also an award-winning instructor with the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, The Walrus, Numéro Cinq, Joyland and Storyville. Kuitenbrouwer presents All the Broken Things, a spellbinding novel of exceptional heart and imagination about the ties that bind us to each other.

In 2014, CBC called Ania Szado one of "Ten Canadian Women You Need to Read." Her short fiction has been nominated for the Journey Prize and the National Magazine Awards, and her bestselling novel Studio Saint-Ex has received international acclaim. Szado's debut novel, Beginning of Was, was regionally shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00 PM
Lakeside Terrace. 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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27
KEYNOTE – The State of the Industry: What Matters for Writers
International Festival of Authors, Monday, October 27 at 3:30pm
American literary agent Andrew Wylie, whose eponymous agency boasts clients like Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie, discusses his experiences in international publishing. Following the keynote address will be a short Q&A with interviewer Carol Off.

This event is part of the annual International Visitors (IV) Programme.

Carol Off has been a host of CBC Radio’s As It Happens since 2006. Previously a documentary reporter for The National, she has extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs. Off is the author of several bestselling books of non-fiction, including The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada’s Secret War, which won the prestigious Dafoe Foundation Award. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for her television and radio work, among them a Gemini and two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television.

Andrew Wylie was born in 1947 in New York City and raised in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College in 1970, and in 1980, established The Wylie Agency in New York. He merged with Aitken & Stone in London in 1986, then demerged in 1996 and established The Wylie Agency UK Ltd. The agency now operates globally from offices in New York and London without the use of subagents on behalf of its 1,000 clients. In 2014, he established Balcells & Wylie with Carmen Balcells, an agency operating from Barcelona and London to represent rights previously represented by The Balcells Agency.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 3:30 PM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

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