International Authors to See at #FestofAuthors19

Every year, authors travel to Toronto from all over the world to take part in the Toronto International Festival of Authors. This year, we present a group of internationally acclaimed authors who bring with them different perspectives and techniques.

Here are some names you’ll definitely want to catch while they’re in town!


Tash Aw

As an author with international reach, Tash Aw‘s work has been translated into 23 languages. This year at the Festival, Tash will present his latest work, We the Survivors, a compelling, transformative story that has been published to wide acclaim. His previous works have won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Tash Aw will appear in the following event:

Tash Aw in Conversation 
Sunday, October 27, 2019
 – 2:30pm


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Norwegian poet and novelist Rune Christiansen has been called “one of Norway’s most important literary writers”. This fall, he’ll travel to Toronto to share Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest (translated to English by Kari Dickson), a poetic story of mourning and existentialism through the eyes of a young woman who has lost it all. Rune’s previous work includes The Loneliness in Lydia Erneman’s Life, which won the 2014 Brage Prize.

Rune Christiansen will participate in the following events:

Reading & Conversation: Rune Christiansen, Michael Crummey and Horace Ho  
Thursday, October 31, 2019
 – 7pm

Lit On Tour Thunder Bay: Readings with Rune Christiansen, Ann Hui and Linden MacIntyre
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – 7pm

 This author is supported by NORLA, Norwegian Literature Abroad.


Un-su Kim 

Author Un-su Kim and translator Sora Kim-Russell will both attend this year’s Festival to present the fantastical crime novel, The Plotters. Un-su’s previous works won the Munhakdongne Novel Prize, Korea’s most prestigious literary prize, and was nominated for the 2016 Grand Prix de la Litteraire Policiere, a French prize for the best international crime novel.

Un-su Kim will be participating in the following event:

Thomas King, Un-su Kim, Sora Kim-Russell and Teresa Solana in Conversation
October 28 2019 – 7:30pm

This author is supported by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.


Frido Mann

Frido Mann is a German author and clinical psychologist living in Munich. As a member of the Mann family, who has been described as Germany’s most extraordinary literary family, Frido has been featured in eight different television shows including the miniseries The Manns – Novel of a Century. Frido joins the Festival in conversation about his life, literature and the legacy of being part of the Mann family.

Frido Mann will be participating in the following events:

Frido Mann in Conversation
October 26 2019 – 5pm

Europe On Tour: Reading & Reception
October 27 2019 – 7pm

This author is supported by Goethe-Institut Toronto.


Kyoko Nakajima

Kyoko Nakajima is a Japanese author who used to work in the publishing industry. Since then, her works have attracted acclaim through many prestigious awards, including the Naoki Prize, the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature, the Kawai Hayao Story Prize and Historical Fiction Writers Club Award.

Kyoko Nakajima will be participating in the following events:

The Little House: On Screen
October 27 2019 – 7pm

Reading & Conversation: Kyoko Nakajima, Inês Pedrosa and Zeruya Shalev
October 30 2019 – 8pm

This author is supported by The Japan Foundation, Toronto.


Wilfried N’Sondé

Award-winning French author Wilfried N’Sondé is widely regarded as one of the shining lights of the new generation of African and Afropean writers. His latest work, Concrete Flowers (translated by Karen Lindo), is a beautifully devastating story of a woman barred from the world around her. When he isn’t writing, Wilfried is also a songwriter and musician who tours France and Germany.

Wilfried N’Sondé will be participating in the following events:

Europe On Tour: Reading & Reception
October 27 2019 – 7pm

Reading & Interview: Anthony De Sa and Wilfried N’Sondé
October 30 2019 – 7pm

Lit On Tour Sudbury: In Conversation with Wilfried N’Sondé
November 2 2019 – 5pm

Lit On Tour Sudbury: Wilfried N’Sondé (En Français)
November 3 2019 – 11am

This author is supported by the Toronto Cultural Office of the French Embassy in Canada.


Inês Pedrosa

Inês Pedrosa is a Portuguese author of 22 works that have been published in North America, Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Italy and Spain. Outside of being an author, Inês has many titles: translator, PhD candidate, past magazine editor and museum director and current contributor to public radio and television programs.

Inês Pedrosa will be participating in the following events:

Europe On Tour: Reading & Reception
October 27 2019 – 7pm

Reading & Conversation: Kyoko Nakajima, Inês Pedrosa and Zeruya Shalev
October 30 2019 – 8pm

This author is supported by Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua.


Teodor Reljić

Born in Serbia and raised in Malta, Teodor Reljić is the debut author of Two, which was shortlisted for the National Book Prize of Malta. Teodor also writes feature articles, film reviews and screenplays, including co-writing the short film, Camilla, which won the National Book Council’s Literary Short Film competition.

Teodor Reljić will be participating in the following events:

Reading & Conversation: Karen McBride, Teodor Reljić and Drew Hayden Taylor
October 26 2019 – 4pm

Europe On Tour: Reading & Reception
October 27 2019 – 7pm

This author is supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Malta.


Zeruya Shalev

Israeli author Zeruya Shalev has published four works: The Remains of Love, Love Life, Husband and Wife, a book of poetry called Thera and a children’s book. The award-winning author’s work has been translated into 25 languages. At the Festival, Zeruya will take part in two exciting events where she will read an excerpt from her work alongside other acclaimed authors.

Zeruya Shalev will be participating in the following events:

Reading & Conversation: Kyoko Nakajima, Inês Pedrosa and Zeruya Shalev
October 30 2019 – 8pm

The Swingin’ Moonlight Reading Hour
November 1 2019 – 9pm

This author is supported by the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada.


Ashleigh Young

New Zealand author Ashleigh Young has been writing since she was a small child. At four or five years old she created her own weekly magazine, Frogget, a publication dedicated to her love of frogs. Her newest work, Can You Tolerate This? is an award-winning collection of brilliant essays. Also a poet, Ashleigh’s book of poetry Magnificent Moon earned her international critical acclaim.

Ashleigh Young will be participating in the following event:

Reading & Interview: Doyali Islam and Ashleigh Young
October 25 2019 – 8pm

This author is supported by Creative New Zealand.


Of course, these aren’t the only international authors appearing at #FestofAuthors19! Browse the full 2019 participant listing to see more.