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Governor General’s Literary Award finalists Larry Audlaluk and Ivan Coyote discuss their acclaimed new memoirs with Robert Wiersema, exploring the process of writing oneself and sharing memories. Grise Fiord community leader Audlaluk shares the journey of his family’s relocation to the high arctic, marked by illness, residential schooling and bad promises, in What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile. After decades of performing on the road and travelling the world, Coyote documents their life being grounded by the pandemic, through an exploration of cherished messages from readers and audience members that helped keep their energy alive, in Care Of.

Interviewer: Robert Wiersema

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) to celebrate the 2021 non-fiction finalists of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognize Canada’s best English-language and French-language books. The winners will be announced by the CCA on November 17.

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Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Larry Audlaluk was one of more than 90 Inuit relocated by the federal government to the High Arctic in the 1950s. They were promised a land of plenty, and were given an inhospitable polar desert. Audlaluk’s memoir, What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile, documents his family’s struggle, juxtaposed with excerpts from official reports that conveyed the relocation as a success. Hear from Audlaluk in candid conversation about the experience, the broken promises and the fight to return home.

Interviewer: Kim Wheeler

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) to celebrate the 2021 non-fiction finalists of the Governor General’s Literary Awards, which recognize Canada’s best English-language and French-language books. The winners will be announced by the CCA on November 17.

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From Griffin Poetry Prize-winner Jordan Abel comes NISHGA, a deeply personal, devastating autobiographical meditation on the complicated legacies of Canada’s residential school system. Abel interrogates the complexities of intergenerational survivors’ relationships to Indigenous identity. This special event will thoughtfully confront the difficult truths about engaging with histories of colonial violence, for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; and meditate on the role of art and storytelling in this process.

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Readers who love a good heart-pounding historical mystery, and fans of Enola Holmes, won’t want to miss this thrilling TIFA Kids chat with authors Vivian French and Marthe Jocelyn. Vivian will share the inspiration behind The Runaways of Haddington Hall, a story of Minnie, a laundry maid in Victorian English, and her adventures living in a nightmarish home for wayward girls. Jocelyn will share the secrets behind The Dead Man in the Garden (the third book of the Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series, inspired by Agatha Christie), and how a relaxing spa stay takes a sudden turn when two dead bodies are found, and Aggie must ignite her deductive skills!

Be sure to tune in live for the chance to ask the authors your questions about the wonderful world of mystery novels, and how great writers in history inspired them. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

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Authors and experts in candid, live conversation reflect on the topics that matter most during this unprecedented time. Humanity’s quest to reach the stars began with wondering about the universe and whether we are alone in it, but among the big questions that drive us to pursue space travel, we must ask ourselves about its environmental impact on planet Earth, and how we can advocate for a more ethical, equitable future in space. This illuminating, engaging panel discussion, with Charles S. Cockell, Divya Persaud, Michael Byers and moderated by Sara Mazrouei, examines how to build a sustainable future in the pursuit of broadening our horizons in space.

Tune in each day of the Festival to hear new speakers in critical conversation about the topics shaping today’s world.

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Award-winning authors Julián Fuks and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr in conversation discuss various forms of occupation, and the toll of resistance and heroism on the human spirit. With impeccable prose, Fuks exposes the frailty of life, the risk of solitude and the brutality of not belonging, in his novel Occupation (translated to English by Daniel Hahn). Mbougar Sarr’s debut novel, Brotherhood (translated to English by Alexia Trigo), takes readers to the imaginary town of Kalep, where members of a tyrannical regime known as “The Brotherhood” publicly execute two people simply for having loved each other. A brilliant analysis of tyranny and brutality, Brotherhood gives voice to the moral ambiguities of survival under such harrowing conditions.

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This event is generously supported by the French Embassy in Canada. Avec le soutien de l’Ambassade de France au Canada.

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Join Antonio Michael Downing, named one of Canada’s top Emerging Authors for nonfiction by the RBC Taylor Prize, for an uplifting conversation about his latest memoir, Saga Boy. Saga Boy is a heart-wrenching but motivating story of a lonely immigrant boy who overcomes adversity and abandonment to reclaim his Black identity and embrace a rich heritage. This enthralling, deeply personal account of searching for belonging and Black identity will resonate deeply as a triumph for Blackness everywhere.

Interviewer: Angelyn Francis

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After spending years on the road, telling stories on numerous stages around the world, writer and performer Ivan Coyote acquired an astounding collection of fan letters. When the pandemic hit, those letters that had long piled up could finally begin to be answered. The result is their most intimate and moving book yet, Care Of. Tune in for a conversation with Coyote about their latest work, and the themes it explores, such as compassion, empathy, non-binary and Trans identity, and the power of human connection.

Interviewer: Robert Wiersema

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Every year, the Ontario Library Association designs a summer reading programme for adults of any age, inviting book lovers across the province and beyond to engage with ten stunning, Canadian fiction and nonfiction titles, and to vote for their favourites. The recipient of the 2021 Evergreen Award, presented on the TIFA virtual stage, is Michelle Good for her novel Five Little Indians. Chosen by readers from over 85 Ontario Libraries, Five Little Indians follows five residential school survivors struggling to overcome, or forget, their pasts and ultimately find a way forward.

To learn more about the Evergreen Award™, visit Accessola.com/forest/evergreen-award.

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Award-winning author and smoked salmon aficionado Eden Robinson presents the highly anticipated final installment of the Trickster trilogy, Return of the Trickster. Robinson brings us back into the explosive life of Jared Martin (brought to life recently in a television series adaptation on CBC), who is juggling his literal witch of a mother with Indigenous teen life and the realization that he is also a Trickster. Tune in as Robinson unleashes a universe of witches, ogresses, flesh-eating coy-wolves and innocent Tricksters, in a wild conversation of humour and insight.

Interviewer: Wab Kinew

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