The 41st edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors starts today! We’re bringing you an expanded lineup of over 200 free virtual events and activities throughout the Festival’s 11-day run. Here are just some of the opening day events you won’t want to miss.
Launching Between the Shorelines: Storytelling Indigenous Presence in Toronto
Learn about Toronto’s Indigenous history through a virtual storytelling tour across the contemporary shorelines of the city. In partnership with First Story Toronto and the University of Toronto, join TIFA for a look at the city of Toronto through the lens of Indigenous storytelling.
Skin Hunger: Francesca Ekwuyasi
Join Francesca Ekwuyasi as she reads an original piece created for TIFA’s Skin Hunger series. The series was named after the Dutch concept of “skin hunger” capturing the longing of many people around the world to connect with each other once again in person. The series will feature numerous international authors sharing a new original piece of writing reflecting the times we are living in right now.
An Evening with Margaret Atwood
Get up close and personal with literary great Margret Atwood from the comfort of your own home. Join The Handmaid’s Tale author as she spends an evening with TIFA Director Roland Gulliver talking about the inspirations of her highly acclaimed work. Audience members will also be given a special treat when she introduces her new poetry collection, Dearly.
Critical Conversations: China Relations
As China seemingly accelerates its path to becoming the world’s largest economy, and the Canadian government continues to navigate several diplomatic disputes, join TIFA for an exploration of the complexities of this rising superpower. Featuring panelists Nathan Law, Jonathan Manthorpe and Margaret McCuaig-Johnston as part of TIFA’s Critical Conversations series.
Poetry on the Front Lines
Screening daily at Union Station Oct. 22–Nov. 1
TIFA has partnered with A.F. Moritz, Toronto’s sixth Poet Laureate, and the Toronto Writers Collective to bring a video installation highlighting TWC’s newest anthologies: Front Lines: Bent, Not Broken and Front Lines: Until the Words Run Pure. The video installation will be showcased at Toronto’s Union Station in the West Wing during the entirety of the Festival.