40th Edition

October 24 – November 3, 2019

Meet, hear and learn from the world’s leading thinkers and storytellers at the 40th Anniversary edition of the Festival. Tickets on sale September 2019.


As Canada’s largest and longest-running celebration of words and ideas, we connect writers and curious readers of every kind. Join us all year round!

What's On Now

  • PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards

    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:30 PM

    Toronto’s popular poetry competition, Battle of the Bards, is back for its 11th year and will feature readings from 20 dynamic poets.

  • Toronto Lit Up: How to Become an Accidental Genius

    Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 2:00 PM

    Join Orca Book Publishers and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky’s How to Become an Accidental Genius through Toronto Lit Up!

  • Toronto Lit Up: Alexandra Kimball

    Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 7:00 PM

    Alexandra Kimball is releasing The Seed: How the Feminist Movement Fails Infertile Women and will be celebrating its publication with a Toronto Lit Up book launch!

  • Toronto Lit Up: Mike Barnes

    Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

    Join Biblioasis and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Mike Barnes’ Braille Rainbow: Poems through Toronto Lit Up!

  • Spring Debut: Fragmented Narratives

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:30 PM

    This spring, celebrate the budding voices of three Canadian debut authors: Tea Mutonji (Shut Up You’re Pretty), Derek Mascarenhas (Coconut Dreams) and Bindu Suresh (26 Knots).

  • Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (Day 1)

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10am to 2pm

    The Festival of Trees™ is a three-day awards celebration where the winners of each category are announced and celebrated alongside young readers.

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