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Norwegian author and journalist Agnes Ravatn explores her latest psychological thriller, The Seven Doors, in conversation with Canadian author Elisabeth de Mariaffi. Six years after the success of The Bird Tribunal, Ravatn’s eagerly awaited new book follows the story of Nina, a university professor, and her disturbing investigation into the disappearance of her tenant. Seven Doors is a harrowing novel of dark secrets and dangerous curiosity. Its quirky mystery and clever twists firmly establish Ravatn as a powerful new voice in Nordic Noir; a voice you won’t want to miss.

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TIFA Presents: Chillingly Brilliant Nordic Noir

Uncover the secrets of Norwegian crime writing, in conversation with two of the genre’s best contemporary novelists. Agnes Ravatn and Thomas Enger will join the Toronto International Festival of Authors for two intriguing conversations about the fiercely popular genre, and what to expect from their latest books.

Dubbed “Nordic Noir” by fans outside of Scandinavia, the popular subgenre of Norwegian literature has been a growing fascination of readers around the world since the 1990s. Distinctive for its bleak landscapes, direct writing style and complex yet realistic protagonists, the genre contrasts the traditional “whodunit” murder mystery styles with chilling brilliance.

Today, Nordic Noir storytelling is well entrenched in popular culture, demonstrated by its ubiquity on bookshelves and on screens. Films and television series inspired by the genre include Shetland, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Bridge and many more.

Get cosy, brew a hot drink, and join us for these must-see virtual conversations.

You might also like TIFA Presents: Nordic Noir with Thomas Enger on March 25 at 7pm ET.

Agnes Ravatn headshotAgnes Ravatn is a Norwegian author and columnist. She made her literary debut with the novel Week 53, and has since written a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning essay collections, including Standing, Popular Reading and Operation Self-discipline, in which she recounts her experience with social-media addiction, and how she overcame it. Her debut thriller, The Bird Tribunal, won the cultural radio P2’s listener’s prize in addition to The Youth’s Critic’s Prize, and was made into a successful play. The English translation, published by Orenda Books in 2016, was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award. She lives in the Norwegian countryside.

 

Elisabeth de Mariaffi headshotElisabeth de Mariaffi is the critically acclaimed author of three books: the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated short story collection How to Get Along with Women (2012), the literary thriller The Devil You Know (2015), and the 1950s-era Hitchcock-style thriller, Hysteria (2018.) She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and has taught fiction at UBC, Memorial University, and through the Humber School for Writers. Her newest novel, The Retreat, is coming in July 2021.

 

 

This event is supported by the Embassy of Norway.

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International bestselling journalist-turned-author Thomas Enger presents Smoke Screen, the second instalment in the award-winning Blix and Ramm series, co-written with Jørn Lier Horst, in conversation with Canadian novelist Giles Blunt. When the mother of a missing two-year-old girl is seriously injured in a suspected terrorist attack in Oslo, crime-fighting duo Blix and Ramm join forces to investigate the case. Settle in for an evening of crime fiction entertainment with one of Norway’s most exciting crime writers.

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TIFA Presents: Chillingly Brilliant Nordic Noir

Uncover the secrets of Norwegian crime writing, in conversation with two of the genre’s best contemporary novelists. Agnes Ravatn and Thomas Enger will join the Toronto International Festival of Authors for two intriguing conversations about the fiercely popular genre, and what to expect from their latest books.

Dubbed “Nordic Noir” by fans outside of Scandinavia, the popular subgenre of Norwegian literature has been a growing fascination of readers around the world since the 1990s. Distinctive for its bleak landscapes, direct writing style and complex yet realistic protagonists, the genre contrasts the traditional “whodunit” murder mystery styles with chilling brilliance.

Today, Nordic Noir storytelling is well entrenched in popular culture, demonstrated by its ubiquity on bookshelves and on screens. Films and television series inspired by the genre include Shetland, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Bridge and many more.

Get cosy, brew a hot drink, and join us for these must-see virtual conversations.

You might also like TIFA Presents: Nordic Noir with Agnes Ravatn on March 24 at 7pm ET

Thomas Enger headshotThomas Enger is a former journalist. His debut novel, Burned, became an international sensation before publication and marked the first in the bestselling Henning Juul series. He is an award-winning YA author in his native Norway, and his English thriller Inborn was adapted for the adult fiction market from Killer Instinct. Most recently, Thomas has co-written a bestselling series of thrillers with ex-police officer and author Jørn Lier Horst. Enger’s trademark is his dark, gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction, Enger also works as a music composer, and lives outside of Oslo.

 

Giles Blunt headshotGiles Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario, a town remarkably like the fictional Algonquin Bay of his John Cardinal novels. The Cardinal books have garnered the British Crime Writers’ Silver Dagger, as well as Canada’s Arthur Ellis award (twice). They have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and the TV series, Cardinal, has been airing around the world since 2017. He has also written four highly regarded standalone novels, including Breaking Lorca, which the Globe and Mail called “a tour de force—an unforgettable window into the human capacity for cruelty and courage.”

 

 

This event is supported by the Embassy of Norway.

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Join author Dorothy Ellen Palmer, a writer, educator, accessibility consultant and activist, as she takes us on a journey behind the pages of her searing and seriously funny memoir Falling for Myself. With savvy comic timing that spares no one, not even herself, Palmer, takes on Tiny Tim, shoe shopping, adult diapers, childhood sexual abuse, finding her birth parents, ableism and ageism. Palmer’s book offers an accessible primer on what disability justice looks like and how urgently we need it. Join Dorothy in conversation with interviewer Catherine Graham for this lively discussion. Virtual event includes a reading, discussion and audience Q&A.

Cost: $5/person, pre-registration required.

This Assembly Hall program is presented in partnership with Humber College Faculty of Media & Creative Arts and Toronto International Festival of Authors.

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Dorothy Ellen Palmer headshotDorothy Ellen Palmer is a disabled senior writer, accessibility consultant, and retired high school drama teacher and union activist. Her work has appeared in: REFUSE, Wordgathering, Alt-Minds, All Lit Up, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, Little Fiction Big Truths, 49th Shelf, Open Book and Broadview. Her first novel, When Fenelon Falls, features a disabled teen protagonist in the Woodstock-Moonwalk summer of 1969. Her latest work is Falling for Myself, a memoir. She lives in Burlington, Ontario, and can always be found tweeting @depalm.

 

Catherine Graham HeadshotCatherine Grahamis the author of Quarry and six acclaimed poetry collections, including The Celery Forest, a CBC Best Book of the Year, and Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Poetry Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto where she won an Excellence in Teaching Award and is a previous winner of TIFA’s Poetry NOW. Her seventh poetry collection, Aether: An Out-of-Body Lyric, appears this fall and her second novel, The Most Cunning Heart, is forthcoming. Visit her online at www.catherinegraham.com and @catgrahampoet. Photo credit: Marion Voysey.

 

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Join the great literary biographer Hermione Lee in conversation with acclaimed actor Fiona Reid (King of Kensington and My Big Fat Greek Wedding) to discuss Lee’s new book Tom Stoppard: A Life.

This in-depth exploration into the life and art of one of the world’s very best playwrights will be complemented by a selection of scenes performed from across Stoppard’s oeuvre, directed by David Storch and presented in partnership with Canadian Stage.

Tom Stoppard’s career spans twentieth century theatre and cinema from the iconic Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in 1966, the success of Shakespeare in Love to his last and most autobiographical work Leopoldstadt, performed in early 2020.

A recording of the live event will be available to view until March 9 at 3pm ET.

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Hermione Lee headshotHermione Lee is a biographer and critic whose work includes biographies of Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton and Penelope Fitzgerald. She has also written books on Elizabeth Bowen, Philip Roth and Willa Cather, and a collection of essays on life-writing, Body Parts. She was awarded the Biographers’ Club Prize for Exceptional Contribution to Biography in 2018. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, she was made a CBE and in 2013, she was made a Dame for services to literary scholarship. Photo credit: John Cairns.

 

Fiona Reid HeadshotFiona Reid is one of Canada’s best known stage actors, having performed in theatres across Canada, Great Britain and the US, including five seasons with the Stratford Festival and twelve seasons at the Shaw Festival. She is a recipient of the ACTRA Award of Excellence (2010), Order of Canada (2007), the Toronto Life Women of Distinction Award (2006), the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award (2008) and the Toronto Critics Award (2015). Her film credits include My Big Fat Greek Wedding (1&2) and The Time Traveler’s Wife. Fiona recently appeared in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, and has appeared in four productions of plays by Tom Stoppard: Night and Day, ArcadiaRock ‘n Roll and Indian Ink. 

 

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Wind down for the evening with legal thriller master Scott Turow, in conversation with novelist Timothy Taylor. Turow, the bestselling author of Presumed Innocent, will share insight on his latest legal drama, The Last Trial, and the return of his celebrated character, defence attorney Alejandro “Sandy” Stern, in a central role. For his final Kindle County courtroom case, Stern navigates a complex and highly technical trial that forces him to confront his own judgments and failings. Turow weaves a story of expert twists and entertainment, while illuminating the human side of truth and justice.

Interviewer: Timothy Taylor

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Turow, Scott - The Last Trial At eighty-five years old, Alejandro “Sandy” Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life’s work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial. In a case that will be the defining coda to both men’s accomplished lives, Stern probes beneath the surface of his friend’s dazzling veneer as a distinguished cancer researcher. As the trial progresses, he will question everything he thought he knew about his friend. Get your copy of the book here!

 

 

Scott Turow Headshot Scott Turow is the author of many bestselling works of fiction, including TestimonyIdenticalInnocentPresumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30million copies worldwide and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York TimesWashington PostVanity FairThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

 

Timothy Taylor headshotTimothy Taylor is a best selling novelist, an award winning journalist, and a professor with the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program. His latest book is the novel The Rule of Stephens. Photo credit: Dave Middleton.

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As we all continue to adapt to new ways of living amidst various stages of isolation and lockdown, many find ourselves yearning as strongly as ever for human connection. Join award-winning writer Frances Itani for a conversation with Susan G. Cole about celebrating the people in our lives, life’s surprises and finding meaningful connection from those who come into our lives, even in small ways. Itani is an Order of Canada recipient and three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award, presenting her latest book The Company We Keep.

Interviewer: Susan G. Cole

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On Tuesday nights in the backroom of Cassie’s café, six strangers seek solace and find themselves part of a “Company of Good Cheer.” Hazzley is at loose ends, even three years after the death of her husband. When her longtime friend Cassandra, café owner and occasional dance-class partner, suggests that she start up a conversation group, Hazzley posts a notice on the community board at the local grocery store. As these strangers tell their stories, they must navigate what is shared and what is withheld. This moving, funny and deeply empathic novel reminds us that life, with all its twists and turns, never loses its capacity to surprise. Get your copy of the book here!

 

Frances Itani Headshot Frances Itani has written 18 books. Her novels include That’s My BabyTell, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Requiem, chosen by the Washington Post as one of the top fiction titles of 2012; Remembering the Bones, published internationally and shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; and the #1 bestseller Deafening, which won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and selected for CBC’s Canada Reads. Itani is a Member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a 2019 Library and Archives Canada Scholars Award. She lives in Ottawa.

 

Susan G Cole headshotSusan G. Cole is a writer, editor and activist. She is the author of two books on violence against women, Pornography and the Sex Crisis and Power Surge: Sex, Violence and Pornography (both Second Story Press) and is the editor of Outspoken, scenes and monologues from Canadian lesbian plays (Playwrights Canada Press). Her play, the comedy A Fertile Imagination, about two lesbians trying to have a baby, was nominated for two Dora Awards in Toronto. She lives in Toronto, where she is currently a contributing books editor at NOW Magazine, with her partner and is also a grandmother of two.

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American visual artist Roni Horn lives and works in New York and Reykjavik. She first visited Iceland in 1975 at age 19, and in 1984 Horn first incorporated words into her visual art. This merging resulted in the publication of Bluff Life (1990), the first in a series of 10 books titled To Place, which focus on Iceland and Horn’s relationship to it. In discussing To Place, Horn has written that “the entrance to all my work is the idea of an encyclopedia of identity.” Horn’s newest book, Island Zombie: Iceland Writings (December 2020, Princeton University Press), is described as follows:

It vividly conveys Horn’s experiences, from the deeply profound to the joyful and absurd. Through powerful evocations of the changing weather and other natural phenomena—the violence of the wind, the often-aggressive birds, the imposing influence of glaciers, and the ubiquitous presence of water in all its variety—we come to understand the author’s abiding need for Iceland, a place uniquely essential to Horn’s creative and spiritual life.

The Power Plant and the Toronto International Festival of Authors co-present this conversation between Roni Horn and American writer Benjamin Moser, winner of a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for the epic biography Sontag: Her Life and Work (2019) that was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the P.E.N./Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and was named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, O Magazine, and The Seattle Times.

Cost: Free

This event will take place on Zoom.

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Benjamin Moser headshotAmerican writer Benjamin Moser, winner of a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for the epic biography Sontag: Her Life and Work (2019), is also the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, and the editor of the new translation of her works. For his work in bringing Lispector to international prominence, he was awarded Brazil’s first State Prize for Cultural Diplomacy. Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan.

 

 

Roni Horn headshotRoni Horn is an artist and writer whose books include Another Water, Wonderwater (Alice Offshore), Weather Reports You, and Roni Horn aka Roni Horn. Photo credit: Mario Sorrenti.

 

 

 

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