Free Events at #FestofAuthors19

A man and woman smile and talk in a crowded room of book lovers

In addition to offering free programming for students and youth aged 25 and under, #Festofauthors19 also offers a selection of events that are free for everyone! 

Semi-prose Podcast Live with Cherie Dimaline

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 6pm 
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Semi-prose, the ultimate book lovers podcast, has featured some huge names: David Chariandy, Alicia Elliott and Mona Awad, to name a few. The newest episode, to be taped live, features the one and only Cherie Dimaline. Join semi-prose hosts Evan, Allie, Kristina and Max as they interview Cherie on her latest work, Empire of Wild.

Europe On Tour: Reading & Reception

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 7pm 
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Europe On Tour offers Toronto book lovers the rare opportunity to hear from some of Europe's most celebrated authors. This year we will present authors from Catalonia, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. You will have the opportunity to hear the authors read from their work in its original language, with an English translation provided on screen. This event will be hosted by Laetitia Delemarre, the cultural director of Alliance Française Toronto, and will include a licensed reception to follow the presentation.

Festival Tribute to Wayson Choy

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 11am
Fleck Dance Theatre

Wayson Choy will be forever celebrated as a Canadian literary icon. The author of The Jade Peony and All That Matters remains an inspiration for Canadian authors and book lovers alike. This special presentation and reception will honour his life's work with memories and stories from those who knew him well. Hosted by Penguin Random House Canada CEO Kristin Cochrane, special guests will include Wayson's friends and colleagues.

Toronto Poetry Slam Featuring Ian Keteku

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 9pm 
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

This highly anticipated event brings together some of the city’s best spoken-word artists with new, emerging voices. Through the two-round competition, you're in the judges seat. Or, if you wish, behind the microphone, as this event is open for public performances. The mix of talent will include the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion, Ian Keteku. Doors open at 8pm, sign up at 8:30pm, with the slam starting at 9pm.

Toronto Lit Up Launch of Launches

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 5:30pm
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Toronto Lit Up is the product of Toronto International Festival of Authors and Toronto Arts Council's dedication to celebrating local auhtors. Throughout the year, a group of authors are selected for book launches that help promote and build excitement around their book, while also providing free literary events for the community to enjoy. The Launch of Launches is an opportunity to celebrate these authors, their books and the Toronto Lit Up programme.

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6th Annual Humber College Liberal Arts & Sciences Conference

November 2 & 3, 2019

For the first time, Humber College Liberal Arts & Sciences Conference at TIFA has opened select sessions to the public... For free! This year's two-day conference theme is "The (re)Making of a Movement: New Perspectives on the 1960s Counterculture." With professionals that delve into timely, important topics, such as race, sexuality, gay rights and more, there is a opportunity for everyone to learn and engage. 

Best Canadian Poetry of 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 2pm 
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre 

The spotlight is on Canadian poets at this annual event. Every year, the annual Best Canadian Poetry anthology publishes 50 of the best poems from around the nation. At this launch event, we celebrate the poets who have been honoured for their contributions to Canada's vibrant poetry scene—including Adebe Derango-Adem, Gary Barwin, D.A. Lockhart, Sadiqa de Meijer, A.F. Moritz, Alexandra Oliver, Souvankham Thammavongsa and guest editor Rob Taylor. Refreshments will be available at a cash bar.

A City of Books: 45 Years of the Toronto Book Awards

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 2pm
Ceremony: Queens Quay Terminal

This celebratory event will begin with honouring the 2018 and 2019 Toronto Book Award winners, David Chariandy (Brother) and Dionne Brand (Theory), with a commemorative stone in the Toronto Book Garden. Then, special guests from this year's shortlist will engage in a special presentation and licensed reception.

Anniversary Celebrations

TIFA's 40th isn't the only anniversary to celebrate in 2019. Be sure to check out these two free anniversary events at the Festival:

Goose Lane Editions 65th Anniversary

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 9pm
akeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

At 65, Goose Lane Editions is Canada's oldest independent publisher -- a title that deserves to be celebrated. This event will feature special guests Rebecca Fisseha, J.R. McConvey, Amy Spurway, Douglas Walbourne-Gough and Patricia Young, with readings from their works and a reception to follow.

Book*hug 15th Anniversary

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 8pm
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Since 2004, Book*hug has published daring and innovative works that have helped contribute to the ecclectic CanLit community. It all began when the International Festival of Authors commissioned Book*hug's first work, so where better celebrate the anniversary than this year's Festival? Join us for this reception with special guests including host Deborah Dundas.

And the Winner is… University of Toronto’s Creative Writing Awards Presentation

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:30pm 
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Emerging writers are the focus of this exciting event, as a total of $7,500 is awarded through various creative writing prizes, including The Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction, The Janice Colbert Poetry Award and The Marina Nemat Award for top Certificate Final Project.