A new year has begun and there are plenty of reasons to be excited for upcoming book-related content in 2020. To give you a taste of what's on offer, the book-loving team at the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) has put together a list of events we're most excited for (so far). We also hope you'll share with us what you're most highly anticipating for the new year.
2020 Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair (also known as Frankfurter Buchmesse) features a different country every year as its Guest of Honour, showcasing its literature and culture during the entire period of the October fair, as well as in its preceding months. In 2020, Canada's publishing industry will take centre stage. English and French-language authors and industry professionals as well as Indigenous Peoples will be represented at the book fair. It's a major event in the world of Canadian literature, and one we're eagerly looking forward to this fall.
Toronto Lit Up
It's a big year for Canadian literature on an international scale, but there's a lot going on locally as well. TIFA is proud to kick off the winter/spring 2020 season of Toronto Lit Up, with the support of the Toronto Arts Council, to bring you 14 free public book launches across the city, celebrating 17 new releases by 22 local authors. It's a fun and accessible way to get involved with the local writing community and to meet other readers in the city. Are you an author interested in launching a new book with Toronto Lit Up? The submission period for the next season, taking place in summer/fall 2020, will open on January 20, 2020. That's a pretty neat start to a new decade.
A new year, a new batch of prominent Canadians fighting over which book should top our reading lists. In 2020, Canada Reads enters its 18th year, marked by the unique theme "one book to bring Canada into focus," described by CBC Books as a means to inspire "readers to think twice about the lens through which they see themselves and Canada." We think it's a fantastic way to dive in to new perspectives and start a fresh decade with new kinds of stories. The CBC Reads longlist of titles has been released and the shortlist (along with its defenders) will be announced on January 22, 2020.
RBC Taylor Prize
This year marks the 20th anniversary, and final iteration, of the renowned RBC Taylor Prize. Established in 2000 by the Charles Taylor Foundation to "enhance public appreciation for the genre known as literary non-fiction," the original mandate of the Prize has been fulfilled. It's sad to see this prestigious Prize go, but it's wonderful to see non-fiction thriving in Canada like never before (with a record-setting 155 eligible books submitted for the award nonetheless). TIFA will present the 2020 shortlisted authors in conversation on February 27 It's free to attend!
TIFA Book Club
The TIFA Book Club has grown over the past few years, and we're excited to offer it again in 2020. Participants enjoy it as a way to connect in-person with fellow readers, and author Catherine Graham has earned rave reviews for guiding insights and flare for encouraging a safe space for riveting discussions, no matter the viewpoints. In fact, Catherine has a whole list of reasons for joining the club! Both sessions are currently on sale and you can snag a deal for both if you book before February 21.
The 41st Toronto International Festival of Authors
We can't end this list without mentioning Canada’s largest and longest-running festival of words and ideas! Last year, the Toronto International Festival of Authors made history with the celebration of its 40th edition, and we're excited to carry the momentum into 2020 as we embark on the Festival's 41st edition and bring you more exciting stories and authors from around the globe. The 41st Festival will run from October 22 to November 1, 2020. Save the dates, and sign up for the TIFA enews to keep up on related news, announcements and more.