The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) Announces a Winter/Spring Programme Line-up for All Ages
TORONTO, ON - The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is thrilled to announce a winter and spring season of literary programming for all ages and interests. The season includes intimate conversations with authors, book launches, professional summits, an award celebration, poetry competition, youth improvisational story-telling competition, and a festival for young readers.
“We look to a season that brings local authors to the forefront of the Canadian literary scene and exposes Toronto audiences to young literary gems and distinct voices,” says Geoffrey E. Taylor, Artistic Director of the IFOA. “IFOA continues its commitment to making its programmes accessible to students and youth by offering free tickets to most events.”
Several events will be offered to the public free of charge. The IFOA will continue offering complimentary tickets to most events for students and youth aged 25 and under.
Season highlights include:
AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION:
IFOA Celebrates Black History Month
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:30pm | FREE
Join writers Simone Dalton (“Undersigned", The Unpublished City), Rinaldo Walcott (Associate Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto) and Whitney French (founder and co-editor of From the Root Zine) for a discussion on issues faced by Black writers in today’s literary world, including opportunities and impediments to success in the book industry. Moderated by CBC Toronto journalist Dwight Drummond and hosted by David Bradford (Nell Zink is Damn Free). This event is part of Kuumba 2018, an annual Black History festival organized by Harbourfront Centre.
What’s Life Got to Do with It?
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7:30pm | $10 / FREE for IFOA Members, Students & Youth
Explore the world of writing through the eyes of award-winning and debut novelists and poets. Lisa de Nikolits (No Fury Like That) will guide Mayank Bhatt (short stories, TOK 5: Writing the New Toronto and Canadian Voices II), Terri Favro (Sputnik’s Children), Catherine Graham (The Celery Forest), Kevin Hardcastle (In the Cage) and Grace O'Connell (Magnified World) through a thought-provoking discussion on how the world today inspires their writing.
The above events will take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario.
LITERARY COMPETITIONS: Lit Jam 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 7:30pm | FREE
Get ready for an interactive night of storytelling with the return of Toronto’s favourite student storytelling contest. Teams of emerging writers from several creative writing programs will put their talents to the test by improvising stories on stage. The audience will play a role by contributing story starters and scenarios. The judges are award-winning authors Joseph Kertes (The Afterlife of Stars), Nino Ricci (Lives of the Saints trilogy) and Karen Connelly (The Change Room). Hosted by CBC’s Gill Deacon. Participating schools are Humber College, Ryerson University, the University of Guelph, University of Toronto and York University. The winning team will receive a cash prize and their story will be published.
10th Annual Battle of the Bards
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:30pm | $10 / FREE for Students & Youth, IFOA Members and Members of the League of Canadian Poets
Toronto’s favourite poetry competition celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new round of poets staged head-to-head for the Battle of the Bards. Twenty poets will read their work on stage and one will be declared the winner. The submission period is open until February 28. Those randomly selected to compete will be announced on March 8. Presented with media partner NOW Magazine.
The above events will take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario. BOOK LAUNCHES:
The spotlight will shine on new works by numerous local authors this season, as Toronto Lit Up enters its second year of empowering Toronto artists with career-building opportunities. Audiences will get acquainted with the new work of authors Nathan Ripley (Find You in the Dark), Sarah Henstra (The Red Word), Jeffrey Round (The God Game), Andrea Bain (Single Girl Problems), Dennis Lee (Goodnight, Goodnight!), and many more.
Toronto Lit Up events are held at various locations throughout Toronto. They are open to the public and free to attend. Visit IFOA.org for the full event schedule, locations, and to RSVP.
Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™
May 15-17, 2018
IFOA has partnered with the Ontario Library Association (OLA) once again to bring the annual Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ to Harbourfront Centre. The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest literary event for young readers, attracting 10,000 participants annually. This three-day awards celebration is programmed with live entertainment and educational workshops that bring school-aged children and youth together with some of Canada’s most popular authors and illustrators. Events are open to the public. Visit IFOA.org to purchase tickets.
Canadian Writers Summit (CWS)
Thursday June 14 – Sunday, June 17, 2018
The Canadian Writers’ Summit (#CWS2018) is a bi-annual super-conference jointly hosted by twelve Canadian writer organizations, including IFOA, at Harbourfront Centre. Comprised of four days of programming, CWS offers multiple events geared to industry professionals and others interested in the world of writing and publishing. Tickets will go on sale March 1, 2018.
Book Summit 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
An annual event, Book Summit focuses on sales and marketing in the writing industry. This year’s edition at Harbourfront Centre will focus on innovative approaches and the role of the writer, bookstore and library in today’s digital age. This year’s Book Summit will kick-off the Canadian Writers Summit weekend. Book Summit is presented by the Book and Periodical Council and Humber College in association with IFOA. Tickets will go on sale this spring.
RBC Taylor Prize
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00pm | FREE
The IFOA and the Toronto Public Library present the RBC Taylor Prize finalists in a panel discussion at the Lillian H. Smith Library, hosted by Toronto Star Books Editor Deborah Dundas.
The 17th annual prize, celebrating excellence in literary non-fiction, will be awarded at a separate ceremony on February 26, 2018.
Box Office Tickets to the above events and festivals can be purchased at IFOA.org, in person at the Harbourfront Centre Box Office, or by phone at 416-973-4000. To register for free events visit IFOA.org.
All programming and scheduling are subject to change.
SAVE THE DATE
International Festival of Authors: 39th edition
October 18 – 28, 2018
The International Festival of Authors, Toronto’s festival of words and ideas, returns this October with a new slate of authors in conversation, readings, book signings, and special events.
About Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA)
Since its inception in 1974, Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA) has hosted over 9,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 22 Nobel Laureates. Mandated to cultivate and advance the cause of literature, the IFOA presents the finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers, while providing Canadian writers a global forum in which to present their work. The IFOA’s event season runs from September to June at Harbourfront Centre, and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (October 18-28, 2018), IFOA Ontario, Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, and Toronto Lit Up. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, or visit us at IFOA.org.