Kat Verhoeven’s #FestofAuthors19 in Comics

Kat stands in her home with face square to camera, but eyes cast away

Kat Verhoeven is a Canadian cartoonist from Kingston who has spent most of her adulthood in Toronto. There, she received a degree in illustration from OCAD University. Verhoeven is known for her award-nominated comic Towerkind and her webcomic-turned-novel, Meat and Bone, as well as her anthology and zine work.

As one of our #FestofAuthors19 Delegates, Kat has been translating her Festival experience into a series of comics. Take a look below!

Reading & Interview: Doyali Islam and Ashleigh Young

With Catherine Graham as interviewer, Canadian poet Doyali Islam and New Zealand essayist Ashleigh Young read from their works before diving into a discussion about bravery and resilience, among other topics. Here, Kat shares her personal connection to the event while describing some of the themes she took to heart.


Reading & Conversation: Kelly Robson and Robert J. Sawyer

Kelly Robson and Robert J. Sawyer are two award-winning masters of science fiction. Interviewed by Mark Askwith, the authors touched on current environmental and political themes, with many thrilling twists and adventures along the way. As the host of this event, Kat gives us a look at what it’s like to be backstage with such an exciting roster of authors.

TIFA 2019 Welcome Party 

Each year, the Toronto International Festival of Authors welcomes Festival participants and partners with an evening of fun. With this being the final Festival for long-time director Geoffrey Taylor, Kat depicts a moment of the party where Anne Michaels honours Geoffrey and his hard work to make TIFA what it is today.


Did you enjoy this post? You’d probably also enjoy comic artist Jason Loo’s view of the Festival through comics here.

Stay tuned for other exciting posts from our Festival Delegates.