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Join Daniel Rotsztain, also known as the Urban Geographer, on a walking and mapping tour of Toronto’s waterfront. Using interactive maps, participants will be invited to rewrite their urban landscape and contribute to a collective poetry map that will reveal the usually concealed layers of the city.

Date & Time: September 25 at 2:30pm ET
Duration: 90 minutes

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Join Canadian physician, radio host and author of The Power of Kindness Brian Goldman as he discusses his follow-up book The Power of Teamwork. In it, he highlights how healthcare adopted a stronger teamwork method among staff, which resulted in measurably healthier work environments and healthier patients. Its success has led to doctors going out to teach manufacturers, business owners, customer service representatives and even those in sports and entertainment to do better by shifting the culture from “me” to “we”. This thought-provoking talk is sure to have an impact on listeners, regardless of which teams they belong to.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: October 2 at 6pm ET
Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Duration: 55 minutes
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Outdoor Stage, September 25 at 5pm ET

Sit down with the experts to learn the “who, what, where, when and how” of literature. This series of free, outdoor events will satiate your curiosity about all things books! Who better than author, co-founder of the Iceland Writers Retreat and First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid to give you a literary tour of the wonders of Iceland – possibly one of the best read countries in the world! From the founding stories of the Sagas to their annual Jolabokaflod, discover more about some of the most exciting writers in the world.

Duration: 30 minutes

This event 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.

This event is presented in partnership with Taste of Iceland.

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The Humber School for Writers returns to the Festival with a series of daily professional writing masterclasses led by its renowned faculty members and special guests. Each 90-minute class will focus on a specific aspect of writing craft. Sign up for one or attend them all! All writing levels are welcome. How you start and how you finish are often the most memorable parts of short stories, novels – and life! What makes a good opening and a good ending? How does an opening set the tone for the rest of the work, and when is the right time to end it? Using examples from other writers and from his own work, author and Humber College facilitator David Bezmozgis will guide you through the vital decisions all writers have to make.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: October 2 at 5pm ET
Where: Main Loft in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 90 minutes
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Following his acclaimed Giller-Longlisted debut novel, Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead’s new book of non-fiction explores indigeneity, queerness, language and land. A hybrid of writing formats, including essays, notes, memoir and confessions, Making Love with the Land is a vulnerable, heart wrenching account of what it means to live and write as a queer Indigenous person. Whitehead illuminates the current cultural moment in Canada in which everyone – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – is navigating new ideas about how the land shapes us, our ideas, our histories and our bodies.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: October 2 at 1pm ET
Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
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Join renowned Jamaican poet Lorna Goodison for a reading and discussion about her latest book, Mother Muse, which was shortlisted for the 2021 Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry. Goodison’s first poetry collection to be published in Canada in over nine years, the collection explores Jamaican lore and tradition through a cross-section of women, including two iconic female figures in Jamaican music: Sister Mary Ignatius, who nurtured many of Jamaica’s most gifted musicians and celebrated dancer Anita “Margarita” Mahfood. These important figures lead a collection of formidable scope and intelligence, one that seamlessly blends the personal and the political.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: October 2 at 12:30pm ET
Where: Brigantine Room in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 55 minutes
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Join Naja Marie Aidt and Michael Pedersen for a poignant, personal conversation about the healing power of expression through words in each of their latest books. Aidt offers up her intensely moving memoir When Death Takes Something Away from You Give It Back, an exploration of the language of poetry, loss and love in the immediate aftermath of her 25-year-old son’s death. In Pedersen’s Boy Friends, what began as a love letter to help him confront the bewildering process of grief after the loss of a close friend, grew into a touching, magical tribute to the male friendships that have transformed his life.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 24 at 4pm ET
Where: Brigantine Room in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 55 minutes
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Journey into two incredibly vivid, dangerous and wonderous new worlds as authors Gabe Calderon and J.M. Miro (pen name for author Steven Price) present their riveting new books. Set in a dystopian future in which a faceless spiritual entity has infiltrated the world to subjugate humans, Calderon’s Magodiz powerfully centres the vital cultural legacy of Two-Spirit peoples to their communities. Miro’s exquisitely written Ordinary Monsters presents a catastrophic vision of the Victorian world – and of the gifted, broken children who must save it while navigating the nature of difference, belonging and the shadowy edges of the monstrous. Calderon and Miro come together to discuss their masterful use of fantasy to illustrate and augment the challenges their characters face, all of which have real-world significance.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 24 at 11:30am ET:
Where: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 55 minutes
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The #1 New York Times bestselling American author Scott Turow returns to the TIFA stage to present his latest legal thriller, Suspect. The story follows two women who are fighting for equality in law enforcement: a female police chief whose career could be ruined by rumours; and the P.I. working on the case, determined to use it as a means to advance her own career. Join us as acclaimed Canadian author Linwood Barclay talks with Turow about corruption in the police system; and the way women in positions of power are treated. Aside from being an author, Turow is a lawyer whose passionate advocacy for equity in the justice system fuels much of his writing.

Interviewer: Linwood Barclay

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 29 at 6:30pm ET
Where: Brigantine Room in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 55 minutes
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This scintillating conversation between award-winning Finnish author Laura Lindstedt and long-time actor and writer David Pevsner will take a bold, close look at society’s suppression of gay-sex and female pleasure, alongside the miscomprehension of the ageing body, sex and sexuality. Lindstedt will present My Friend Natalia (translated by David Hackston), which follows sex-addict Natalia’s unorthodox therapy journey, narrated by an unnamed, ungendered therapist who leaps at the chance to employ experimental methods. David Pevsner offers up his funny, daring, honest memoir Damn Shame, a passionate and poignant look at Pevsner’s journey from thin, shy boy to defiant, fearless everyman. In his pursuit of self-esteem and validation, Pevsner fights against homophobia, body shaming and ageism.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 25 at 8pm ET
Where: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets on sale August 29

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