Welcome to Canada’s largest and longest-running festival of words and ideas


Andrea Warner and Buffy Sainte-Marie on Stage with audience looking on

The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is a charitable, cultural organization mandated to cultivate and advance the art of literature. We celebrate words and ideas by connecting curious readers of every kind with leading international authors, and providing a forum to showcase Canadian talent to the world.

Since 1974, TIFA has welcomed over 9,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 22 Nobel Laureates and countless other award winners. TIFA is based at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

It is our mission to:

  1. Promote and inspire enthusiasm for literature by providing opportunities for curious readers to meet, hear, and learn from the finest contemporary writers of our time.
  2. Actively support professional and emerging writers, with a global platform on which to present their work, advance their professional development and reach new audiences.
  3. Deliver accessible, inspiring and relevant artistic, cultural and educational experiences to our constituents.

TIFA offers events and programmes all year long, and is best known for its acclaimed namesake event: the Toronto International Festival of Authors, which takes place over eleven days every October. The Festival, established in 1980, is also home to the Harbourfront Festival Prize, and to the International Visitors (I.V.) Programme and Ivy Award. Since 2006, the Festival has proudly toured some of its most popular authors to communities throughout Ontario, through its Lit On Tour initiative, and often tour Canadian authors to international festivals.

Beyond Festival season, book lovers can meet, hear and learn from the world’s best thinkers and storytellers at TIFA’s authors in conversation events, the annual Battle of the Bards Poetry Competition, the Toronto Lit Up series of book launches, book signings, TIFA’s official Book Club, and more.

TIFA is a proud partner of the Ontario Library Association’s annual Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ for young readers, as well as The Word On The Street Book and Magazine Festival, Book Summit, and the bi-annual Canadian Writers’ Summit. TIFA also collaborates with local post-secondary writing schools to empower emerging writers.

Visit Our History page to learn more about the origins of TIFA.


Word Alliance

The Toronto International Festival of Authors is proud to be a member of the Word Alliance, a collaboration of eight of the world’s finest literary festivals. The Word Alliance creates a platform for artistic partnership; further expansion of online content; professional, audience and organizational development and an international touring programme for authors.