The official TIFA Book Club is back for 2021, in a virtual format, with two new seasons of exciting and empowering reading lists. Join us for one season, or sign up for both! All book club sessions are facilitated by author and award-winning educator Catherine Graham, with several surprise author appearances in store. Each book club season is capped to 25 people, to provide an accessible and intimate environment where all readers have the opportunity to participate meaningfully. The book club will meet virtually for one hour at 6pm ET on Wednesdays.
Spring 2021 Season: Our New World in Focus
SOLD OUT! / Starts February 24
Continuing the exploration of our unprecedented new world, as set forth during our 2020 Festival, this season of the book club will study books that will help us derive meaning and understanding of the current events of today. The books will highlight themes of togetherness, rebuilding and the creation of something greater than ourselves.
Spring 2021 Reading List:
- Wednesday, February 24 – Francesca Ekwuyasi’s Butter Honey Pig Bread
- Wednesday, March 24 – Frances Itani’s The Company We Keep
- Wednesday, April 21 – Lorna Crozier’s Through the Garden: A Love Story (with Cats)
- Wednesday, May 19 – Catherine Hernandez’s Crosshairs
- Wednesday, June 16 – Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians
Our spring season book club spots are sold out. Be sure to save your spot in our fall season before it’s too late!
Fall 2021 Season: Titles from the 42nd Toronto International Festival of Authors
$65 / Starts September 1
A reading list will be revealed in August 2021, featuring titles to be featured at the upcoming 2021 Festival. This reading list will also be a sneak peek of what’s to come at the Festival. Titles will include a mixture of Canadian and international authors of different genres of work, including well-known favourites and new emerging authors worth knowing. The book club will meet virtually at 6pm ET on Wednesdays.
Fall 2021 Dates:
- Wednesday, September 1
- Wednesday, September 29
- Wednesday, October 20
- Wednesday, November 17
- Wednesday, December 15
Book Clubbers save 15% on general book purchases when you buy your books at the University of Toronto Book Store, the official bookseller of the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
About the Facilitator
Catherine Graham is 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.