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In the pocket of a faded pair of hand-me-down jeans, a tiny ball of lint lives alone until one day, a boy starts wearing the jeans and everything changes. Before long, Linty has lots of new friends: an acorn, a shell, pizza crust. But, uh-oh . . . Wash Day! Is Linty’s world about to be turned upside down, again? Join author/illustrator, Mike Shiell for a fun comic-creating workshop based on his book, Linty: A Pocketful of Adventure. You may never view the fluff in the folds of your pockets the same way again! Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 25 at 2:15pm ET
Where: South Bays, inside Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 45 minutes
This event is free to attend with registration.

Due to weather conditions, this event will take place inside Harbourfront Centre in the South Bays.

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

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All the way from Finland to Toronto comes author and illustrator Linda Bondestam with a beautiful and fascinating picture book about the axolotl. Join her for the story of My Life at the Bottom about one of the world’s rarest sea creatures and have the chance to do some drawings of your own. Through Linda’s vivid pictures and lovely characters, you’ll learn more about the fragile world we all live in and why there’s still hope for a brighter future. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 25 at 12:45pm ET
Where: Word Lab (Tent A)
Duration: 45 minutes
This event is free to attend with registration.

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

This event appears as part of Nordic Bridges 2022. Presented with support from  FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange.

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Have you ever wondered why we poop? Or why rotting fish stinks so badly? Or what is a germ? Join author Ed Kay and illustrator Mike Shiell for a fantastically informative dive into icky aspects of our biology, as they talk about their Gross Science book series. Come armed with your scientific queries and be ready to do some cool cartoon drawings. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 24 at 4:30pm ET
Where: Word Lab (Tent A)
Duration: 45 minutes
This event is free to attend with registration.

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel. This event is kindly supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

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Stage in the Park, September 30 at 12:30pm

Meet storytellers from unique communities around the world and across the local neighbourhoods of Toronto in the World in Other Words. The Åland Islands is an archipelago in the Baltic Sea of a remarkable 6,700 islands, Swedish speaking, autonomous to Finland. Åland Island author Sebastian Johans’ debut novel, Broarna (‘Bridges’) captures the story of its peoples from the First World War to the Finnish Civil War, their dreams of escape to the promised land of America. Published in Swedish, the book was nominated for the 2021 Nordic Council Literature Prize. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover more.

Moderated by Andrew Kelly.

This talk will be presented as part of the free, outdoor events at #FestofAuthors22, taking place on the stage in the park and open to the general public. Find the venue on the  Festival map here.

Presented with support from Nordic Bridges and Åland Government.

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Join award-winning author David A. Robertson as he unveils the final book in his fantasy-adventure series, The Misewa Saga. The first two books, The Barren Grounds and The Great Bear took readers on a fantastical journey through a portal to Misewa, a land of animal beings, in the company of Cree children Morgan and Eli. The new book, The Stone Child, returns us to mystical Misewa, where time is running out to save Eli. David will walk us through the new book and read from its pages, with time to spare to answer your most gripping questions. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 25 at 1:30pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 45 minutes
Ticket prices: $12 – Regular; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

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What does your family look like? All families look different, some have a dog, a cat, a turtle, a treehouse and two little girls. Others have a Nonna, a Granny, a Nannna or a Grandmother. What do you have? Come along and hear the tale of Nonna and the Girls Next Door, written by Gianna Patriarca and beautifully illustrated by Ellie Arscott, which celebrates family and Italian Nonnas everywhere. Plus, you’ll create some lovely art of your own and get a tasty biscotti recipe to take away and try at home. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 25 at 10:30am ET
Where: Word Lab (Tent A)
Duration: 60 minutes
This event is free to attend with registration.

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel. This event is kindly supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

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TIFA Kids is delighted to welcome back celebrated and award-winning YA author David Levithan, with his new novel Answers in the Pages, a story about standing up for what is right. When Donovan leaves his new favourite book on the kitchen counter, his mother reads it and tries to ban the book from his school. It becomes a battle between students and parents, all because the book’s main characters might be gay. Fellow author David A. Robertson joins Levithan to talk about this timely novel and the current struggle of books being banned from schools. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 24 at 4:30pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $12 – Regular; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

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Join Neil Besner on June 6 at 6:30pm ET at Arts & Letters Club to celebrate the launch of his memoir, Fishing with Tardelli (ECW Press May 2022)!

Ricardo Sternberg, poet and retired professor at U of T, joins Neil Besner in a panel discussion about his memoir and their shared hometown, Rio de Janiero, hosted by Ruth Panofsky, professor at Toronto Metropolitan University. Enjoy performances by Brazilian musician, Carlos Augusto Cardozo Filho. Light refreshments will be provided. Book signing with sales by Type Books.

A literary meditation on memory, time, love, and loss, Fishing with Tardelli is a son’s meditation on four parental figures — mother, father, stepfather, and his Brazilian fishing companion — as he locates them on three home grounds: Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, and Montreal, and memory’s story about time.


Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 and January 2022, Toronto Lit Up has produced 128 events that launched 152 books by 226 local authors. Toronto Lit Up book launches take place throughout the year at venues across the city. They are open to the public and free to attend. Click here for more information.

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Join Terri Favro on June 2 at 6:30pm ET at See-Scape Sci-Fi Bar & Gaming Cafe to celebrate the launch of her sci-fi novel, The Sisters Sputnik (ECW Press, May 2022)!

Hosted by author Eufemia Fantetti, the free Toronto Lit Up event will feature actors performing a dramatic reading from The Sisters Sputnik with Terri Favro. Attendees are encouraged to dress in cosplay as their favourite sci-fi or comic book character! Light refreshments will be provided. A cash bar will also be available.

In the sequel to Sputnik’s Children, The Sisters Sputnik takes ‘undocumented time immigrant’ Debbie Reynolds Biondi and her apprentice Unicorn Girl on a wild ride through alternate worlds, into a possible future where robots rule and humans are banished to the past. It’s an odyssey wrapped in a love story, set in a near-future of artificial people. You can get your copy of the book from Queen Books here.


Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 and January 2022, Toronto Lit Up has produced 128 events that launched 152 books by 226 local authors. Toronto Lit Up book launches take place throughout the year at venues across the city. They are open to the public and free to attend. Click here for more information.

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Outdoor Tent, June 5 at 1pm ET

Hear about Toronto’s crime history from the experts, Toronto Crime Tours: the only crime tour in Canada hosted by retired Detectives!

Beginning every hour on June 4 & 5 between 1pm ET and 6pm ET, you can drop in to hear Toronto’s history of crime, featuring the following cases:

  • Clowns vs Firefighters Riot: 1855
    • This story tells the tale of how a riot in 1855 between Circus Clowns and the Hook and Ladder fire company brought about changes to the Toronto police service that are still in place today, ending the appointment of officers and creating civilian oversight.
  • Shoeshine Boy
    • This is a presentation of how the murder of Emanual Jaques, a 12-year-old shoe shine boy in Toronto in 1977 shocked the city into action to finally clean up the seedy, rotten condition of the downtown core.
  • Boyd Gang
    • This is the story of Edwin Alonzo Boyd, one of Canada’s well-known bank robbing criminals and his group called the Boyd Gang who robbed Toronto banks in 1949. They made headlines for their brazen Hollywood style bank robberies, but they also murdered a Toronto Police Officer while they were on the loose, having escaped from The Don Jail, not once but twice.

These tour previews are part of the free, outdoor events at MOTIVE. It is located on the west lawn at Harbourfront Centre and is open to the general public.

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