Some IFOA 2016 Book Covers We Love

We love book design at the IFOA! Here are just some of the great covers from this year’s library:

The never-ending news cover of Fauxccasional Poems:

Scott Tysdal, Fauxccasional Poems


Nina Bunjevac’s gorgeous illustrations for Fatherland:

Bunjevac, Fatherland


A Long Watch‘s gentle ocean:

Galappatti, A Long Watch


The beautiful profile on The Pain Tree:

Senior, The Pain Tree Cover


Fire‘s historical woodcut-inspired graphics:

Humphreys, Fire


The torn-paper landscapes of The High Mountains of Portugal, dotted with characters:

Martel, The High Mountains of Portugal



The Naturalist‘s combination of new and old scientific images and notes:

York, The Naturalist


The tempestuous graphics of Hag-Seed:

Atwood, HagSeed


The vivid colouring of The Little Communist Who Never Smiled:

Lafon, The Little Communist Who Never Smiled


Wild Rose‘s gentle ombre:

Butala, Wild Rose


The hungry goose on the cover of A Number of Things:

Urquhart, NumberofThings


The dark highway of I’m Thinking of Ending Things:

Reid, Im Thinking of Ending Things


The nightlights of Bright, Precious Days:

McInerney, Bright Precious Days

Stay tuned for these and many other attractive covers at the 37th edition of the International Festival of Authors, coming to Harbourfront Centre from October 20th-30th!


IFOA 2016 Flex Passes On Sale NOW!

Purchase Flex Pass and share the IFOA experience with a partner, friends or family members!

Pick the  events you want to attend and rub shoulders with the creators you admire. See the world’s best contemporary authors on the IFOA stage and get your books signed. Participate in the discussions and learn more about their journey and work.


Each Flex Pass consists of 6 tickets that you can redeem for any regular IFOA event*. Flex Passes are priced at $90 (plus a $12 surcharge).

Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 to purchase!

Flex Passes go off sale October 19th.

* Subject to availability. Special, private and by invitation only events are excluded from this offer.





IFOA 2016 Preliminary Lineup

Here is your first look at the 37th edition of the International Festival of Authors’ lineup. The Festival boasts over 100 authors from various countries writing in various genres from literary fiction to memoir, poetry to thriller. The first fifty are revealed below!

Introducing the first 50 authors coming to #IFOA2016! Find out more: see link in profile

A video posted by IFOA (@internationalfestivalofauthors) on

Andre AlexisMargaret AtwoodDavid BergenNina BunjevacSharon ButalaRobert Olen ButlerDeborah CampbellChris ChambersMichael DeForgeEmma DonoghueNick DrnasoSunila GalappattiCharlotte GrayPhil HallMiguel Ángel HernándezTakashi HiraideC.C. Humphreys Maureen Hynes • Robert KanigelLynne KutsukakeLola LafonSylvia LegrisJay McInerneyJon McNaughtAlexander MaksikYann Martel Luisgé Martín  • Viet Thanh NguyenAuður Ava ÓlafsdóttirChris OliverosSusan PerlySarah PinderSteven PriceIain Reid David Adams RichardsRichard RussoLaurence ScottOlive SeniorSeth • Nathan StorringDavid Szalay •  Madeleine ThienSuzana TratnikDaniel Scott TysdalJane UrquhartJeff VanderMeerEleanor WachtelRuth WareAndrew WestollSamuel Zipp



What is the IFOA staff reading this summer?

Even though we’re busy planning the 2016 festival, the IFOA staff still finds time to read. Read on to see what everyone’s enjoying right now!

Catherine Coreno, communications and marketing assistant:

We're all in this together cover









The beach is my favourite aspect of summer, so I am making my way to the sand as often as possible, always with a book in hand. While taking a break from Elena Ferrante’s novels, my current beach reads include We’re All In This Together by Amy Jones and The Girls by Emma Cline.

Dean Keranovic, festival assistant:

Anansi Boys cover








As of now I’m reading Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, as well as Endymion by Dan Simmons.  Once those are done I’ll move on to some other sci fi/fantasy novel/comic!

Eirini Moschaki, communications and marketing coordinator:

My Name is Red cover









I love it when a story transports me to other times, traditions, and cultures. Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red is an intricate mystery that immerses you in the life of 16th century Istanbul miniaturists. Power, love, art, religion, and politics; this novel has it all!

Rebecca Hallquist, executive assistant:

The Return cover









I just finished reading Hisham Matar’s book The Return – just out – and it’s a bit of a heavier read but very important considering current events. This book discusses the repercussions of grief, loss and ultimately living history, which I just find so fascinating. At the heart of it all, this memoir is really about a son trying to comes to terms why his father has been absent from his life for some 20+ years.  I like to use the (traditionally) more time I have in the summer to read for pleasure to better inform myself about topics that interest me (history, current affairs, environment, biographies) as well as for general enjoyment. Any sort of fantasy/historical fiction series I can get my hands on to read in the shade on a sunny day is pure bliss to me.

Risa de Rege, communications and marketing intern:

Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories cover









I usually end up tackling really long, heavy books over the summer – past endeavours include Les Miserables by Victor Hugo; We, The Drowned by Cartsen Jensen; and (most of) A Song of Ice and Fire. But right now I’m taking it easy with a book of Edwardian ghost stories I picked up at a local bookstore. I love history, and ghost stories, so I’m really enjoying reading stories that have entertained people for so long.

Zviko Mhakayakora, executive assistant, programming:

The Bluest Eye cover










Right now I’m reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. I’ll be reading some books by NoViolet Bulawayo and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie too. I’m really into a mix of non-fiction and fiction right now.


IFOA 2016 poster art is here!

We are very excited to share IFOA’s 2016 festival poster art, designed by acclaimed Canadian cartoonist Seth!

Seth has appeared multiple times at past IFOA events, and his art is part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s permanent collection. His illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, The Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries, and his comics have appeared in New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly.

Look for his IFOA design on postcards, programs, and our site as we approach festival season!

IFOA Poster

Seth will also be curating the Five Ways exhibit in the Harbourfront Centre’s Artport Gallery.  

In this exhibition a spotlight is directed at five diverse contemporary cartoonists.  Each with a unique approach to the comics medium.  Each using comics for their own artistic expression.  Each quite different from the others. From fiction to memoir, from slice of life to the absurd, from tightly realistic to the expressionistic–five artists, five ways.The exhibition features the works of Nina Bunjevac, Michael Deforge, Nick Drnaso, Jon McNaught, and Chris Oliveros and we’re thrilled to have all these artists participating in the Festival this year.

Five Ways runs from September 24th to December 22nd, 2016.


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