Welcome to Canada’s oldest and largest festival of words and ideas!

The Toronto International Festival of Authors 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, the Festival has welcomed over 9,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 22 Nobel Laureates and countless other award winners.

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.

The Toronto International Festival of Authors takes place annually every October, over eleven days, at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. We deliver additional programmes all year-round, including authors in conversation, book signings and launches, readings, book clubs, writing workshops and international touring. Annual partnered events include the Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ for young readers, The Word On The Street Book and Magazine Festival, Book Summit and the bi-annual Canadian Writers’ Summit.

The Toronto International Festival of Authors was incorporated as a charity in 1986.