Toronto International Festival of Authors

October 18-28 | Harbourfront Centre

Meet, hear and learn from the world’s leading writers and thought-leaders at the 39th edition of the Festival. Tickets now on sale.


As Canada’s oldest and largest celebration of words and ideas, the Toronto International Festival of Authors empowers writers and transforms the way curious readers interact with the written word 365 days a year.

What's On Now

  • Author Talks & Mystery Library

    Monday, October 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

    Hear from an outstanding lineup of authors and grab a free book from the Festival’s mystery library in the West Wing of Toronto’s Union Station.

  • International Visitors (IV) Award Presentation & Keynote with Madeline McIntosh

    Monday, October 22, 2018 - 3:30 PM

    As part of the International Visitors (IV) Programme, industry guests from around the world come together to share international perspectives on the publishing industry.This year will feature a keynote address by Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh.

  • Festival Celebration: GGBooks

    Monday, October 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

    Presented in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, this event will celebrate the authors shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction.

  • Panel: Kirsten McDougall, D. Nandi Odhiambo & Melanie Raabe

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 5:00 PM

    International authors D. Nandi Odhiambo, Kirsten McDougall and Melanie Raabe share the stage to explore the impact of secrets on relationships in their latest works.

  • Panel: Michael Berry, Dulce Maria Cardoso & Tina Makereti

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:00 PM

    Themes of colonial history, genocide and reconciliation are discussed in breathtaking candour by this informative grouping of four highly original award-winning authors.

  • In Conversation: Ian Rankin With Linwood Barclay

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM

    Anything can happen when two block-busting bestsellers put their heads together for an hour of solid author intrigue.

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