Top Festival Picks from the 2018 Delegates

The 2018 Delegates have given us their top picks for Festival events they'd like to attend and the authors they're excited to see!

Andrea Scott

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

I'm excited to see Kelley Armstrong! I've been a huge fan of hers since Dime Store Magic came out.

What are the top three Festival events that you plan on attending?

I can't wait to check out Toronto Lit Up: Launch of Launches, Panel: Kelley Armstrong, Michael Robotham & Amy Stuart, as well as Keynote Address: Other People’s Property: Exchange & Appropriation in Hip-Hop in the Era of Resegregation and Racial Violence by Jeff Chang.

Emily Saso

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

Esi Edugyan!

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Jason Loo

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

Buffy Sainte-Marie

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Morgan Achtermeier

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

Wow, there are so many, how can I even pick! I would have to say Emma Donoghue would be the author I look forward to seeing the most!

What are the top three Festival events that you plan on attending?

The top three festival events that I plan to attend this year would for sure have to be:

I mean that’s just the three among many because there are a ton of amazing events happening here!

David Bradford

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

I'm very much looking forward to seeing Sachiko Murakami read and Dionne Brand speak about her new novel, Theory. But I'm most looking forward to Marlon James' outspokenness in action live.

What are the top three Festival events that you plan on attending?

I will definitely be checking out Storytelling in Different Forms event, focusing on experiments in form undertaken by an international array of writers of colour. Also, I always look forward to the Best Canadian Poetry event but I'm really excited about the 2018 edition which features Hoa Nguyen's editorship.

Finally, the poetry-related event I'm most eager to attend: Jeff Chang's keynote address, Other People's Property. It's all about the culture of necessary exchange in hip hop, as well as its longstanding issues with appropriation—also big issues in the literary world, and important intersections of concern, for me, in black poetry.

Danielle Bourgon

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

The author I'm most excited about is Buffy Sainte-Marie. She spoke at my commencement in university and at the time, I didn't truly appreciate what a giant I was in the presence of. I've heard nothing but incredible things about her upcoming biography and I am so excited to get to hear about it from the artist herself.

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Whitney French

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

I’m really looking forward to seeing Carrianne Leung and Eden Robinson.

What are the top three Festival events that you plan on attending?

I’m looking forward to attending the Kegedonce Anniversary, Eden Robinson’s conversation with Cherie Dimaline and Man Booker Prize 50th Anniversary event.

Alexandra Grigorescu

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

Just one? Hard bargain. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Miriam Toews (to start)

What are the top three Festival events that you plan on attending?

It’s hard to narrow down which events I’m most excited for (kid, candy store) but the Man Booker Prize 50th Anniversary featuring Marlon James, the inimitable Emma Donoghue and Roddy Doyle, and the Best Canadian Poetry of 2018 are front and centre.

Kevin Hardcastle

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

That’s tough to call, so I’ll name three. Two of the authors I’m most looking forward to seeing, Eden Robinson and Cherie Dimaline, are sharing an event at the Fest. And the other author is Waubgeshig Rice, author of the excellent new novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow.

What are the top three Festival events that you plan on attending?

Those would be the aforementioned In Conversation with Eden Robinson and Cherie Dimaline and the Man Booker anniversary event featuring Marlon James.*

*Ed. Note: Kevin also mentioned an event that featured James Bartleman and Waubgeshig Rice being interviewed on stage together but that was ultimately cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. You can still see both authors at two different events: James Bartleman will be onstage with Wayne Grady and Waubgeshig Rice will be doing a Facebook Live with Kevin as the interviewer!

Steven W. Beattie

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of my favourite novels from the last several years, so I'm especially hyped to see Marlon James at the Man Booker Prize 50th Anniversary event.

What are the top three Festival events that you plan on attending?

There are numerous events at this year's festival that look interesting, but three that stand out for me are Ian Rankin and Linwood Barclay in conversation; the Storytelling in Different Forms panel with Dionne Brand, Isa Kamari, Pierre J. Mejlak, and Ondjaki, and the double interview with Randy Boyagoda and Rawi Hage.

Khalida Hassan

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

I had the opportunity to hear Marlon James speak at the Toronto Reference Library a couple of years ago. I was totally charmed and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t consider him an engaging and entertaining speaker.

What are the top three Festival events that you plan on attending?

My interest in Festival events corresponds to my concerns as a writer. I’d like to hear Dionne Brand and Pierre Meljak speak to innovative forms, or playing with the conventions of their forms (Storytelling in Different Forms). I’d love to hear Esi Edugyan and Meg Wolitzer in conversation about fictional relationships as a propelling force in narrative plot.

*Ed. Note: Khalida also mentioned the cancelled James Bartleman and Waubgeshig Rice event. Please see Kevin Hardcastle's section for more details.

Téa Mutonji

Which author are you looking forward to seeing the most at the Festival?

I’m most excited to see Vivek Shraya. We’ve worked closely together this past year on the writing of my first book. A lot of our relationship has been her watching me grow and develop in my writing. I’m so excited to get to see her on stage and to experience her work for a change.

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