TIFA Virtual Book Club
Love reading? Join the club!
The Toronto International Festival of Authors Official Book Club returns in 2023 for two new virtual seasons of thoughtfully curated reading lists and captivating conversations. The Winter and Fall 2023 seasons each include five meeting sessions that spotlight a specific contemporary book that delivers rich storytelling and thought-provoking themes. Sessions are facilitated by author and award-winning educator Catherine Graham, and many will include guest appearances by the authors themselves.
Each season of Book Club is capped at 30 registrants, to provide an accessible and intimate environment where all readers have the opportunity to participate meaningfully.
Meeting sessions take place at 6pm ET on Wednesdays via Zoom video conferencing.
Winter 2023 Season
February 8 – May 31, 2023
All sessions start at 6pm ET
Get a sneak peek at some of the participating titles in our upcoming 2022 Festival Programme with this new selection of books!
Session dates and reading list:
- Wednesday, February 8, 2023 – Suzette Mayr, The Sleeping Car Porter
- Wednesday, March 8, 2023 – Baharan Baniahmadi, Prophetess
- Wednesday, April 5, 2023 – Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fayne
- Wednesday, May 3, 2023 – Mariam Pirbhai, Isolated Incident
- Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – Cherie Dimaline, VenCo
The winter season is sold out. Register for the fall season before it’s too late!
Fall 2023 Season
September 20 – December 13, 2023
All sessions start at 6pm ET
$69 + HST
Get an early look at the 44th edition of TIFA’s annual flagship Festival, as the reading list for this Book Club season spotlights many titles soon to be featured in the Festival programme. TIFA Book Clubbers will be the first to unpack the themes and ideas being explored on our stages this fall, by delving deep into a range of stories that span diverse genres and countries.
- Wednesday, September 20, 2023
- Wednesday, October 11, 2023
- Wednesday, November 1, 2023
- Wednesday, November 22, 2023
- Wednesday, December 13, 2023
The Fall 2023 Reading List will be unveiled this summer.
About the Facilitator
Catherine Graham’s collection, Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, Toronto Book Award, and won the Fred Kerner Book Award. Her sixth collection of poems, The Celery Forest, was named a CBC Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award. Her debut novel Quarry won The Miramichi Reader Award for Best Fiction, an IPPY Gold Medal for Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award. The Most Cunning Heart is included in The Miramichi Reader’s Best Fiction Book of the Year list. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and co-hosts The Hummingbird Podcast. Put Flowers Around Us and Pretend We’re Dead: New and Selected Poems appears 2023. Visit her online at catherinegraham.com and @catgrahampoet. Photo credit: Marion Voysey.