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Discover more about the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer discussing a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader.

Canadian authors presented in partnership with Writers’ Trust of Canada.


All times are in ET.

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Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer presenting a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, Cree author and recent Governor General’s Lifetime Performing Arts Award-winner Tomson Highway will present insights from his latest book, Laughing with the Trickster: On Sex, Death and Accordions. Hot off the heels of this national 2022 CBC Massey lecture tour, Highway will bring his signature irreverence to the TIFA stage to explore the context of how North American Indigenous mythologies provide unique, timeless solutions to our modern problems. Join Highway for an illuminating talk exploring five themes central to the human condition: language, creation, sex and gender, humour and death. Highway will delve into the ways in which Indigenous mythologies and teachings have contributed to Western thought, life and culture – with an important reminder from the zany Trickster to have a blast and laugh ourselves to death.

Interviewed by Alicia Elliot.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 28 at 8pm ET
Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

This event is supported by Charles & Marilyn Baillie.

Laughing with the Trickster book cover

Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer discussing a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, Canadian poet and author Michael Crummey will present his latest poetry collection Passengers. Eclectic, unpredictable and strange, the first section of Crummey’s collection follows Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer on an imagined circumnavigation of Newfoundland. Among his many awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tranströmer was one of Sweden’s leading poets of his generation; known for his lyrical style, in which nature is the active, energizing subject. See Canadian landscape through a new lens as Michael Crummey takes you on a journey through Newfoundland from the perspective of the great poet Tranströmer.

Interviewed by Catherine Graham.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 29 at 5:30pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Half-Finished Windows by Tomas Transtromer

Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer discussing a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, Icelandic author Auður Jónsdóttir will explore the work of her grandfather: Nobel Prize Laureate Halldór Laxness. Laxness was a prolific writer and an outspoken socialist and defender of Iceland’s independence, which was achieved in 1944. Laxness’s Nobel Prize-winning novel, Independent People, is a blistering indictment of materialism, and is considered among the foremost examples of social realism in Icelandic fiction of the 1930s. Join Jónsdóttir for a deep dive into the long-lasting impact of Laxness’s work, and its relevance today both in Iceland and beyond.

Interviewed by Steve Gravestock.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 24 at 2pm ET
Where: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass

This event is presented in partnership with Taste of Iceland.

Auður Jónsdóttir appears as part of Nordic Bridges 2022. Presented with support from Icelandic Literature Centre and Icelandair.

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Halldór Laxness's Independent people book cover on a multi-coloured background

Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer discussing a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. One of the best Finnish artists of all time and also the most widely read Finnish author abroad, Tove Jansson is mostly remembered as the creator of the Moomins. In all, nine books were released in the Tales of Moomin Valley series, together with four picture books and a comic strip being released between 1954 and 1975. Created to escape the terror of the second world war, the books’ endurance is due, in part, to how they resonate strongly with current conflicts, the plight of refugees, and possess an uncanny presentiment of today’s environmental crisis. The Moomins are famous for their gentleness, generosity and good humour, but lurking below the surface of the stories, for all the sunshine and picnics, is an unsettling darkness that Jansson describes as: “Daydreams, monsters and all the horrible symbols of the subconscious that stimulate me. . . I wonder if the nursery and the chamber of horrors are as far apart as people think.” Join contemporary children’s Finnish author and illustrator, Linda Bondestam for a fascinating re-read of these books and characters.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 26 at 5:30pm ET
Where: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass

This event appears as part of Nordic Bridges 2022. Presented with support from  FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange.

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Tove Jansson's The Moomins and the Great Flood book cover on a multi-coloured background

Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer presenting a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, award-winning Ojibwe journalist and author Tanya Talaga will explore the complex, richly woven novel Celia’s Song by Lee Maracle. A master storyteller, writer and academic of the Stó꞉lō nation, Maracle’s writing explores experiences unique to Indigenous women. Celia’s Song brings to life the destructive legacy of colonial times while also poignantly demonstrating a community’s capacity to heal. Talaga, a highly sought-after and respected voice in her own right, will guide readers through this profound work and its messages of hope, pain and truth in the pursuance of Indigenous inclusion.

Interviewed by Alicia Elliot.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 22 at 5:30pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass

This event is presented in partnership with Writers’ Trust Canada.

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Lee Maracle’s Celia’s Song book cover on a multi-coloured background

Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer presenting a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, Globe & Mail sports columnist and novelist Cathal Kelly will dive into renowned Canadian author Timothy Findley’s dark, psychological novel Headhunter. Set in dystopic Toronto, schizophrenic protagonist Lilah Kemp embarks on a journey nothing short of literary magic when she accidentally frees Kurtz from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and is forced to find Marlow to help defeat him. Illustrating the harsh consequences of rampant capitalism and western power structures, along with the ripple effects of pandemic-scale diseases on society, Findley expertly weaves a web of depravity with startlingly timely themes. This Canadian masterpiece is sure to hit readers close to home.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 27 at 6pm ET
Where: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass

This event is presented in partnership with Writers’ Trust Canada.

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Headhunter book cover

Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer discussing a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, Toronto’s 6th Poet Laureate, and “Master of Metaphor”, A.F. Moritz will present a newly commissioned poem responding to T.S. Eliot’s famed poem The Waste Land.

Originally published in 1922 following the devastation of WWI and the Spanish Flu, Eliot’s The Waste Land reflected the personal turmoil and fear of cultural collapse of the time. With clear present-day parallels such as growing inequality, the ongoing aftermath of a pandemic and the ever-present threat of climate change, Moritz will present his poem and delve into the role The Waste Land has played in his writing.

This project is part of a collaboration between TIFA, Bristol+Bath Creative R+D, and Here + There, an initiative designed to explore how being locally rooted allows us to understand ourselves as part of an interconnected global network.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 30 at 5pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

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T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land image

Join us as we explore the influential books and writers who defined genres and captivated readers for decades. Each session of The Re-Read features a contemporary writer presenting a favourite book or author, to offer their insight as an author and share their joy as a reader. In this session, join Canadian novelist, journalist and scholar Cecil Foster in a fascinating talk on Mairuth Sarsfield’s bestselling novel No Crystal Stair. With a title referencing a poem by the great Langston Hughes, Sarsfield’s novel tells of one mother’s trials and triumphs in the Little Burgundy district of 1940s Montreal. Exploring the complex history of both passing as white and surviving as black, No Crystal Stair is a story about perseverance and strength. Cecil Foster, a writer who uses many genres to tell stories about the human condition, will delve into Sarsfield’s world to illuminate her messages about the Black experience in Canada, as well as fostering hope, affirming identity and claiming freedom.

Interviewed by Steven Beattie.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 23 at 6pm ET
Where: Brigantine Room in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass

This event is presented in partnership with Writers’ Trust Canada.

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No Crystal Stair book cover