About the Delegate Programme
Created in 2012, the Delegate Programme gives writers, creators, journalists and bloggers the opportunity to engage in conversation with you at events throughout the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
Delegates are carefully selected professionals whose unique perspectives and informed opinions serve to increase the quality of discourse between audience members and the authors on stage. The programme is modelled after a similar project at the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference.
Meet our 2020 Delegates:
David, aka ThePoptimist, is part of the myriad of voices that inhabit the booktube online universe, a diverse collective of enthusiastic readers reviewing books, hauling spines, spilling tea and unapologetically adding to your growing TBR pile. Mostly literary fiction with a BIPOC focus, David explores all the rabbit holes books can send you down. As an avowed reader and introvert, he’s been prepping for this lockdown all his life, but didn’t quite account for the heavy Zoom fatigue.
Emily Cait is a lifelong booklover with a deep love of fantasy and horror literature. She did her master’s on gender in fantasy literature marketed to children. When she isn’t working as a bookseller, Emily spends her time creating bookish content online and sharing the critical thinking and reading skills she learned in university with her YouTube audience. You can find her on YouTube as “Emily Cait” and on Instagram @emilycaitreads.
Michele is a visual merchandiser, an artist, and a book lover based in Toronto. When she’s not reading and reviewing books (often with a caramel macchiato in hand), Michele can be found making/learning/enjoying art – now in a more virtual setting – rather than on her travels. While her blog marked its 10th year in 2019, she can now be found posting more about her latest reads on Instagram @justalillost. Michele is thrilled to be returning as a TIFA delegate for her second year.
Milana is a Kitchener-Waterloo based blogger with a passion for reading. She has a large following on Instagram where she discusses, promotes and reviews books. Her twitter account is fairly active, mostly focusing on supporting authors and publishers. She is in the top 100 reviewers on Goodreads where she enjoys seeking out new books and genres to read and engaging with readers in the book community. Milana dabbles in writing here and there when an idea strikes for her own amusings. If you’d like to reach out to Milana to collaborate you can find her on social media under @acouplereads.
Morgan is a teacher by day and an avid bookworm, author by night. She spends most of her time blogging and reading, and plotting her next novel. The Graduated Bookworm Blogger was created back in 2015 to represent the graduating moments we all go through with life, school, and work. When we read a book, we find a little piece of ourselves inside that helps us in some way. It was also to invite others to an environment where enthusiastic readers could join together and spread their own thoughts in a positive and safe setting.
Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Canthius, The Puritan, Quill and Quire and Strange Horizons, among others. She is currently the Senior Poetry Editor of Augur Magazine, a Canadian speculative literature journal. Terese has also previously volunteered with Shab-e She’r poetry reading series, and facilitated creative writing workshops. She is the author of chapbooks Surface Area (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Manifest (Gap Riot Press, 2020). Terese lives and works in Toronto.