10 Buzzworthy Canadian Authors to Watch

Headshots of buzzworthy Canadian Authors

In honour of Canada Day on the first of July, we’re paying tribute to our national roots by highlighting a number of authors who are making waves in Canadian literature. These writers come from across the country and from all walks of life, have different beliefs and backgrounds, and offer us unique perspectives of the world. Their work demonstrates the vast talent and diverse experiences taking place between our coasts. Here are ten noteworthy authors the watch. 

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Libraries Find Ways to Deliver Hope & Positivity in Uncertain Times

Vickery Bowles headshot, Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library City Librarian Vickery Bowles

Quietly in the background, as the world went into lockdown, the COVID-19 pandemic saw library activity increase around the world. People began to seek refuge in reading and rediscover the books at their local libraries. As a result, libraries have been forced to adapt quickly to radically increased readership, the demand for digital content and the enforcement of social distancing measures. 

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Travel the World in 6 Books

Woman staring at plane at airport with back facing camera - Travel the World in 6 Books

Are you craving some international travel? If so, you’re in luck because the Toronto International Festival of Authors has just planned your next round-the-world trip. It traverses three continents, stops in six countries, and won’t cost you a cent in airfare or accommodation. You won’t even need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.    

As we prepare for takeoff please sit back, relax and enjoy your trip.  

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Fay Slift’s Top 10 Pride Reads for Kids

Fay Slift. Image by David Hawe

Most of us grew up without ever encountering a queer children's book. Perhaps you were presented with a queer character that no one ever acknowledged as such, or the idea that certain stories were only for boys, and others only for girls. For some readers, these unwritten rules were to the detriment of their self-confidence and well-being.  

Today, Pride is our annual reminder to celebrate who we are and those we loveand it wouldn’t be a Toronto Pride without a guest appearance by the fabulous Fay SliftThis month, we asked Fay to cast her spotlight to a glittering parade of books that embody the magic of Pride for young readers. 

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Indigenous Authors Contemplate a “New Normal”

This June marks the 11th anniversary of National Indigenous History Month in Canada, where we are fortunate to find the work of many Indigenous authors who have enlightened our hearts and minds through writing. This ia time for recognition and reflection on the unique heritage, culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. As it happens, this is also a time for monumental change, as the world continues to adapt to the effects of a global health crisisTo spotlight the Indigenous experience during this pivotal timewe asked three Indigenous writers, who have released a book within the past 12 months, how their writing has been impacted by COVID-19. Below, you’ll find their deeply personal responses and discover their hopes of a new normal, post pandemic.

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