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The first season has been cancelled. Click here for our full COVID-19 response.

The official Toronto International Festival of Authors Book Club returns with award-winning poet and novelist Catherine Graham (Quarry and The Celery Forest). Graham will lead two thought-provoking seasons featuring a total of 9 titles by Canadian and international authors, and the book club will attend a 2020 Festival event.

I’m Interested! What’s Required?

Book Club is open to anyone who loves books and friendly discussion. It’s a positive space to discuss literary themes, ideas, societal parallels, and to support and encourage one another’s joy of reading. Members are expected to acquire and read the books on the reading list by the required meeting dates, attend each meeting session and contribute to group discussion. You can read Catherine's guest post on the ten reasons why you should join!

Season 1 | $65
Starts February 26 March 4

Canada is the Guest of Honour at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair. The book club is celebrating by reading works by Canadians!

Season 2 | $65
Starts September 2

This reading list will include authors appearing on the 2020 Festival stage. Stay tuned for the titles announcement this summer.

Seasons 1 & 2 | $100
Double up and save

Interested in securing a spot for both seasons? You have until February 21 to take advantage of this deal of 2 sessions for $100!

Season 1 Theme: Be Our Guest (Focus on Canada)

Wednesday, February 26 Rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4Days by Moonlight by André Alexis
Wednesday, March 25 - Eye by Marianne Micros
Wednesday, April 29 - I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya
Wednesday, May 27 - Cluster by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Wednesday, June 24 - Crow Winter by Karen McBride

Season 2 Theme: Selections from the 41st Toronto International Festival of Authors
Titles to be announced this August!

Wednesday, September 2 
Wednesday, October 7 
Wednesday, October (TBA) - Attend a Festival Event
Wednesday, November 25
Wednesday, December 16 

Book Club meetings will take place in person at Harbourfront Centre at 6pm.

Buy your books at the University of Toronto Book Store, the official bookseller of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, where Book Clubbers save 15% on general book purchases.

Catherine Graham is the author of the novel Quarry and six poetry collections including The Celery Forest, a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry. She received an Excellence In Teaching Award at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing. She was also the winner of Poetry NOW 2014.