Festival Focus: Brave New Word

Each year, we devote a number of events to authors and books within a particular focus. This year, we’re putting the spotlight on young and emerging authors writing in genres from literary fiction to memoir, poetry to thriller. Join us as we celebrate some of the world’s most exciting new voices with readings, round table discussions and our first-ever, FREE Artist Talks, featuring award-winning international writers talking about the unique challenges and opportunities that writing and publishing present today.

We’re also hosting a Marathon Reading, an event featuring a variety of Festival authors (and a few surprise guests) reading short snippets of their work. And don’t miss a very special Journey Prize celebration with international bestselling author Yann Martel, who will be joined by other short story authors to discuss the award’s significance for emerging writers and to honour the short story form.


Saturday, October 26

12pm    ROUND TABLE Front Lines: Shani Boianjiu, Sahar Delijani, Anthony Marra, Abdellah Taïa. Host/Moderator: David Common. BRG

12pm    READING/INTERVIEW Polarities (co-presented by The Power Plant): Isabel Greenberg. Host/Interviewer: Jacob McArthur Mooney. SDT

4pm      MARATHON READING. Host: Rodge Glass. LST

Sunday, October 27

1pm      READING/INTERVIEW Koffler@IFOA – We Are Not Afraid: Shani Boianjiu. Interviewer: David Bezmozgis. Host: Valentine Moreno. LST

2pm      ROUND TABLE Two Solitudes: Krista Bridge, Perrine Leblanc. Host/Moderator: Marc Côté. SDT

5pm      ARTIST TALK: Rachel Kushner. Host: Rodge Glass. LST

Tuesday, October 29

5pm      ARTIST TALK: Nadeem Aslam. Host: Rodge Glass. SDT

8pm      READING The Avant-Garde: Eleanor Catton, Isabel Greenberg, Xiaolu Guo, Joanna Kavenna, Marisha Pessl. Host: Rodge Glass. LST

Wednesday, October 30

5pm      ARTIST TALK: Kevin Barry. Host: Rodge Glass. SDT

Thursday, October 31

8pm   JOURNEY PRIZE CELEBRATION: Steven Galloway, Elizabeth Hay, Miranda Hill, Alistair MacLeod, Pasha Malla, Lisa Moore, Alissa York. Emcee: Yann Martel. FDT

Saturday, November 2

12pm    ROUND TABLE The New Writing: Tamara Faith Berger, Craig Davidson, Mathew Henderson, D.W. Wilson. Host/Moderator: Rodge Glass. LST

Sunday, November 3

3pm      READING: Krista Bridge, Chris Eaton, Mathew Henderson, Chad Pelley. Host: Rodge Glass. LST