Monday, October 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Book Signing, Panel Discussion, Presentation: 39th Festival Edition

Fleck Dance Theatre

3rd Floor, Queen's Quay Terminal
207 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 1A7
Cost: $18

This star-studded event, presented in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, will celebrate the authors shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction:

  • Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage
  • Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
  • The Red Word by Sarah Henstra
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews
  • Zolitude by Paige Cooper

The 2018 Harbourfront Festival Prize will also be presented to this year’s winner Lee Maracle, who joins a longlist of distinguished recipients, including Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Seth, and Jane Urquhart, among others.

Programme note: Joshua Whitehead will not be in attendance, however, an excerpt of Jonny Appleseed will be read on his behalf.

This event will be moderated by Carol Off.

Please Note: Author Miriam Toews was previously scheduled to take part on this panel, however, her appearance has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. An excerpt of Women Talking will be read on her behalf by Madeline Thien.


GG Books         CBC Books          


Click below to book single tickets to this event, or click here to customize a 4-Event Package for $65.



  • Paige Cooper

    Paige Cooper was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains. Her stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, West Branch, Michigan Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast Online, Canadian Notes & Queries, The New Quarterly, Minola Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. She lives in Montreal.

  • Rawi Hage

    Rawi Hage

    Rawi Hage’s first novel, De Niro's Game, set in his native Beirut, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and his follow-up work, Cockroach, set in his adopted city of Montreal, won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize. Both novels had the rare distinction of being shortlisted for every major Canadian literary prize, including the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for fiction. With Beirut Hellfire Society, he makes a “stunning and mature return to war-torn Beirut.”

  • Sarah Henstra

    Sarah Henstra is a professor of English at Ryerson University. She is the author of the young adult novel Mad Miss Mimic. The Red Word is her first work of adult fiction. She lives in Toronto.

  • Carol Off

    Carol Off is the host of CBC radio’s As It Happens. With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe and is the author of four books, most recently, All We Leave Behind, a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Governor General's Literary Award for Nonfiction. She lives in Toronto.  

  • Miriam Toews

    Miriam Toews is the author of five previous bestselling novels: Summer of My Amazing LuckA Boy of Good BreedingA Complicated Kindness (Canada Reads 2006, Canada Reads Canadian Bestseller of the Decade 2010), The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life.  She is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.