Monday, October 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM
Conference, Panel Discussion, Presentation, Q & A: Festivals | Free Events

Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: Free (registration recommended)



This event is hosted as part of TIFA’s International Visitors (IV) Programme, in which industry guests from around the world come together to share international perspectives on publishing. The event begins with the presentation of the annual Ivy Award to Anne Collins, VP & Publisher for Knopf Random Canada Group at Penguin Random House Canada, followed by the keynote address, The Alternative Success Story: The Power of Independent Publishing, by Director and Publisher of Graywolf Press Fiona McCrae.

Then McCrae will be interviewed by Jared Bland before they are joined by Valerie Brandes (Founder and Publisher, Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd), Sharmaine Lovegrove (Publisher, Dialogue Books) and Annette Weber (Editorial Director, DuMont Buchverlag GmbH) for a panel discussion on reinvention and innovation in publishing which Bland will moderate.

The Keynote Address is the public-facing highlight of the IV Programme, an annual book-publishing fellowship in which industry leaders from around the world come together to share international perspectives on their industry. The IV Programme runs October 27 – November 1 during the 2019 Toronto International Festival of Authors.

This October, the IV Programme celebrates its 12th year of hosting publishing professionals from around the world. The IV Programme serves as a catalyst for international interest in Canadian books and authors and aims to facilitate networking opportunities and business ties between the Canadian industry and visiting publishing representatives. Local, national and international participants benefit from six days of tightly scheduled inter-industry dialogue.

For more information about the IV Programme and participants, please visit

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This is a free event. Register at the link below.


  • Jared Bland

    Jared Bland is the publisher of McClelland & Stewart, and a vice president of Penguin Random House Canada. Prior to joining the company, he was the Arts editor of The Globe and Mail, and a senior editor at House of Anansi Press.

  • Valerie Brandes, Founder and Publisher, Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd (U.K.)

    Valerie Brandes

    Valerie Brandes is the Founder & Publisher of inclusive independent publishing house Jacaranda Books, and one of the Powerlist 2019’s top 100 most influential Black Britons. Through Jacaranda Books, she has introduced voices from Africa, Asia and the Americas to the UK market, and published award winners such as Bernice McFadden and Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Valerie is an ardent promoter of inclusivity in publishing.  In February 2018 she launched the Twenty in 2020 project in partnership with Words of Colour, which tackles head on the lack of Black British talent being published in the UK. Follow Valerie on Twitter @valrey.

  • Anne Collins

    Anne Collins is the publisher of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group, which includes the imprints Knopf Canada and Random House Canada; she has been a vice president of the company that is now Penguin Random House Canada since 1998. What that role means is that she is responsible for the publishing careers of about 350 Canadian authors of fiction and non-fiction, as well as publishing close roughly 175 international authors whose work is of particular interest to Canadian readers.

  • Sharmaine Lovegrove, Publisher, Dialogue Books (U.K.)

    Sharmaine Lovegrove

    Sharmaine Lovegrove is the Publisher of Dialogue Books, the UK’s only inclusive imprint, part of Little Brown Book Group and Hachette UK. She is inspired by innovative storytelling, and has worked in public relations, bookselling, events management and TV scouting. She was the literary editor of ELLE, and set up her own bookshop and creative agency when living in Berlin. Home is London, she is based in Bristol and her roots are Jamaican - Sharmaine is proud to be part of the African diaspora and books make her feel part of the world.

  • Fiona McCrae, Director and Publisher of Graywolf Press

    Fiona McCrae

    Fiona McCrae has been Director and Publisher of Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press since 1994, following 11 years with the British publishers Faber and Faber. Authors that McCrae has published at Graywolf include Anna Burns, Daisy Johnson, Elizabeth Alexander, Per Petterson, and Percival Everett. She currently serves on the board of the Anderson Center, and as Vice-Chair of the board of the National Book Foundation. McCrae received the Editor’s Award from Poets & Writers in 2017 and the Golden Colophon Award for leadership from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses in 2014.

  • Annette Weber

    After working as a teacher and a bookseller, Annette Weber worked as a trainee at S.Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt from 1990 to 1991. From November 1991 until July 1992, she worked as Scholarship (Carl-Duisberg-Gesellschaft) at Farrar, Strauß & Giroux and Scouting Agency Chandler Crawford in New York. From August 1992 until June 1996, she worked as an editorial assistant and then editor at S. Fischer Verlag. From July 1996 until 2014, she was an editor at Droemer Knaur Verlag, Munich and from 2011 onwards, she was the Editorial Director Fiction for Droemer hardcover. Since 2015, she was the Editorial Director Fiction at DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne.