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Outdoor Stage, June 4 at 6pm ET

Hear the latest in Canadian crime fiction! Crime Writers of Canada (CWC), a national non-profit organization for Canadian crime and mystery writers, will present a series of readings that will give audiences a thrilling glimpse at the latest titles by Canadian authors. James Arnett, Russell Brooks, M.H. Callway, Anne Emery, Nikki Everts, Nate Hendley, Blair Keetch, C.S. O’Cinneide, Robert Rotenberg and Amy Tector will be reading from their books throughout the hour.

Duration: 60 minutes

Readings will be presented as part of the free, outdoor events at MOTIVE, taking place on the stage in the park and open to the general public.

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Outdoor Stage, June 5 at 2pm ET

Hear the latest in Canadian crime fiction! Crime Writers of Canada (CWC), a national non-profit organization for Canadian crime and mystery writers, will present a series of readings that will give audiences a thrilling glimpse at the latest titles by Canadian authors. Anthony Bibulka, Karen Grose, Gordon Jones, Rosemary McCracken, Jim McDonald, Lyn McFarlane, Lynne Murphy, Lorna Poplak, Caro Soles and Dianne Scott will be reading from their books throughout the hour.

Duration: 60 minutes

Readings will be presented as part of the free, outdoor events at MOTIVE, taking place on the stage in the park and open to the general public.

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Crime Writers of Canada logo

Join us for a special evening of poetry as McClelland & Stewart launches new collections from poets Madhur Anand, Laurie D. Graham, Tolu Oloruntoba and Phoebe Wang. Hear the authors read a selection from their new books, then stick around as they sit down with moderator Natasha Ramoutar for a live discussion and Q&A.

Anand’s new collection, Parasitic Oscillations, interrogates the poet’s own experience of working between the arts and the sciences on the one hand and living between North American and Indian cultures on the other, while Graham’s Fast Commute takes aim at the structures that support ecological injustice and attempts new forms of expression grounded in respect for flora, fauna, water, land and air. Oloruntoba’s Each One a Furnace explores (im)migration, diasporas, transience and instability by following the behaviour, and the abundant variety, of finches, and Wang’s Waking Occupations contemplates our obligations to live in a creative, generative and revolutionary way amid a cascade of global contingencies.

Get your copy of these new poetry collections from UofT Bookstore, the official bookseller for this event, here.

This event will take place virtually. Please return to this page on March 30 at 7pm ET to watch the event. A recording of the launch will be available to view for 72 hours.

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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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What would happen if we stopped consuming so much? Governor General’s Literary Award finalist J.B. MacKinnon addresses this question in his imaginative new work, The Day the World Stops Shopping. Join him in conversation with Michelle Cyca for an eye-opening exploration of the economy and consumer habits, and how our planet, our society and even our selves hang in their balance.

Interviewer: Michelle Cyca

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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Places and stories hold important meanings for families of all kinds, and are especially special in Indigenous cultures. Meet multi-award-winning young people’s author David A. Robertson, as he introduces you to a boy and his Moshom (grandfather), as they embark on an important northern journey in On the Trapline. Along the way, the boy will find himself imagining what life was like two generations ago – a life that appears to be both different from and similar to his life now. This heartfelt story about memory, imagination and intergenerational connection, from the 2021 Freedom to Read Award-winner, is sure to capture your sense of wonder.

Recommended for ages four and up.

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It fell from the sky on a Thursday. None of the insects know where it came from, or what it is. Some say it’s an egg. Others, a gumdrop. But whatever it is, it fell near Spider’s house, so he’s convinced it belongs to him. From the creators of the critically acclaimed The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky comes a whimsical and elegantly illustrated picture book about community, art, the importance of giving back—and the wonder that fell from the sky. Join Eric and Terry to hear and see the story. With original music by Anna Cooper.

Recommended for ages four and up.

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Meg Remy, frontperson and creative core of the band U.S. Girls, presents her debut book and memoir, Begin by Telling. This hybrid presentation of music, readings and conversation will showcase how this Juno and Polaris Prize-nominated musician has become one of the most vital storytellers of her time.

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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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