It’s a booklover’s dream! The International Festival of Authors is bringing some of the best contemporary authors of world literature to Toronto from October 21st-31st. There will be readings, interviews and lectures as well as book signings. But you have to get on this fast, because some lectures are already selling out!
Confirmed 2009 authors include beloved Canadians Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, as well as appearances by Nobel-Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, John Irving and–Broken Social Scene?
Here’s a brief guide to some IFOA highlights. Tickets can be purchased on the IFOA website.
Thursday, October 22:
Orhan Pamuk: Interview with the author at the Fleck Dance Theatre, 8pm.
Friday, October 23:
The Peep Show: Toronto writer Hal Niedzviecki has become an expert on peep culture, and engages the audience in a live, interactive, online event exploring the phenomenon of self-broadcasting on the internet, to go with his new novel The Peep Diaries: How we’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and our Neighbors.. 10pm, the Brigantine Room.
Saturday, October 24:
Margaret Atwood, Paul Durcan, Richard Holloway, Audrey Niffenegger, David Wroblewski: Readings by all of these big-name authors. 8pm, Fleck Dance Theatre.
Sunday, October 25:
Michael Ignatieff: The Liberal leader reads from his new non-fiction work True Patriot Love and is interviewed by Walrus editor John Macfarlane. 2pm, Fleck Dance Theatre.
John Irving: The author of A Prayer for Owen Meany and The World According to Garp reads from his latest novel, Last Night in Twisted River. Fleck Dance Theatre, 5pm.
Monday, October 26:
Governor General’s Literary Award Finalists: All five finalists for fiction read from their nominated works. The Fleck Dance Theatre, 8pm.
Friday, October 30:
This Book Is Broken: Pop culture, music columnist and author of This Book is Broken Stuart Berman talks to Broken Social Scene members and Arts&Craft founder Jeff Remedios about the indie-rock collective. Lakeside Terrace, 8pm.
Saturday, October 31:
Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists: Shortlisted authors read from their nominated works. Fleck Dance Theatre, 8pm.