The Toronto International Festival of Authors has partnered with Toronto’s Union Station once again to bring spirited author readings to Toronto’s busiest commuter interchange.
Hosted by Antanas Sileika, the events will spotlight a select lineup of authors, as well as a “Books On Tour” Library of favourite Festival titles of the past 40 years, which passersby are welcome to take home with them free of charge. Each author will present from their latest book on the topic of “travel” or “journeys” and interact with the audience. The event will take place in the West Wing of Union Station, immediately off the Great Hall at street level.
Originally from Victoria, BC, Michelle Brown lives in Toronto with her husband and three-legged dog Bo. Previously shortlisted for CV2's Young Buck poetry prize and longlisted for the CBC poetry prize, Safe Words (Palimpsest Press, 2018) is her first full-length collection.
Lorna Crozier is the author of 17 books of poetry, including God of Shadows, which was longlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, What the Soul Doesn't Want, The Wrong Cat, Small Mechanics and Whetstone. She is also the author of The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things and the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. She won the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry and has received the Canadian Authors Association Award, three Pat Lowther Memorial Awards and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Rebecca Fisseha's fiction and non-fiction explore the Ethiopian diaspora. Her writing has appeared in the Room, Joyland, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and is forthcoming in Addis Ababa Noir. Her play wise.woman was produced by b current at the Toronto Theatre Centre. Born in Addis Ababa, Rebecca Fisseha now lives in Toronto.
Antanas Sileika is the author of five works of fiction and one book of nonfiction. His first collection of stories, Buying on Time, was shortlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Toronto Book Award as well as serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Woman in Bronze and Underground were both listed among the 100 books of the year by the Globe and Mail, and the latter has been optioned for film. The Barefoot Bingo Caller is his recent memoir. His latest novel, Provisionally Yours, is forthcoming from Biblioasis in March of 20129. Antanas is the former director of the Humber School for Writers. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Teresa Solana was born in Barcelona, where she has lived most of her life. Before becoming a writer, she was a professional literary translator and for seven years directed «The Translators’ House», an institution dedicated to promoting translation. She published her first book, A not so perfect crime, in 2006. She writes in Catalan and her novels and stories, full of irony and humor, have been translated into several languages and won several awards. She has also written children's books. Her latest work, The first prehistoric serial killer and other stories, was published in English in 2018 by Bitter Lemon Press. Supported by Institut Ramon Llull.
Ashleigh Young is the author of the award-winning essay collection Can You Tolerate This? as well as a critically acclaimed book of poetry, Magniﬁcent Moon. The recipient of a 2017 Windham Campbell Prize in Non-fiction and an Ockham Award, among other honors, Young is an editor at Victoria University Press and teaches creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters. Supported by Creative New Zealand.