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.
Nazanine Hozar was born in Tehran, Iran and lives in British Columbia, Canada. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in The Vancouver Observer and Prairie Fire magazine. Aria is her first novel.
Amy Jones’s first novel, We’re All in This Together, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and named a “Best Book of the Year” by the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Her fiction has won the CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories, and been selected as LongForm’s Pick of the Week. Originally from Halifax, she lived in Thunder Bay for many years before moving to Toronto. Every Little Piece of Me is her second novel.
Anna Maxymiw lives in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt Magazine, Maclean’s, and The Washington Post, and has won a National Magazine Award for humour. Her first book, Dirty Work, is out with McClelland & Stewart.
Shandi Mitchell is an author and filmmaker. Her debut novel, Under This Unbroken Sky, was simultaneously published by Penguin Canada, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (U.K.) and HarperCollins (U.S.) in August 2009. It sold in nine countries, including translation rights for Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch and Italian. It won the 2010 Commonwealth Regional Prize for First Book (Canada/Caribbean), the Thomas Head Raddall Fiction Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the 2012 Kobzar Literary Award. It was also longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Mitchell was born in New Brunswick, raised in Alberta and now makes her home in Nova Scotia.
Teodor Reljić was born in Belgrade, Serbia and raised in Malta. He writes fiction across various formats, as well as feature articles and film reviews for national media. His debut novel, Two, was published by Merlin in 2014 and was shortlisted for the National Book Prize (Malta) in 2015, while his short film ‘Camilla’ -- which he co-wrote with its director Stephanie Sant -- premiered in 2018 after winning the National Book Council’s Literary Short Film competition. He is currently working on a comic book series, Mibdul (illustrated by Inez Kristina) and a number of scripts for film and TV. Supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Malta.
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.
Douglas Walbourne-Gough is a poet and mixed/adopted Mi'kmaq from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His poetry has appeared in Riddle Fence, Canadian Literature, Prairie Fire, Newfoundland Quarterly, QWERTY and Contemporary Verse 2. Crow Gulch is his debut collection.