By Jennifer Asselin
Late nights and good reads. This is what the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) comes down to for me. After months of preparation, the 2012 IFOA is almost upon us and it is my pleasure to welcome you to our brand new blog. With social media and different online entities becoming so prevalent in the publishing world it’s no secret the IFOA needed to enter this market as well. There was a time, a few years ago, when a Festival blog did exist featuring content from one writer (now an award-winning author) sharing his experiences throughout the 11-day Festival. From there the Globe and Mail took the reins and became the Festival’s official bloggers. That brings us to today, when we felt the need to pick up where the previous blog left off and help bring you, the audience, a unique perspective on the Festival.
Throughout the next few weeks leading up to the Toronto Festival (a literary Festival known for bringing together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature to take part in a plethora of events including readings, interviews and round table discussions) you can expect to find a little bit of everything on the blog. From features like “Five Questions with…” to photos of past Festivals to participants’ own guest posts to entries from our Festival bloggers who will post about their own thoughts and experiences of attending events from October 18 to 28.
So please, bookmark the blog and keep checking back for new content. You can also visit readings.org for a full schedule of events and author bios, and of course, follow us on Twitter @IFOA. Be sure to use the hashtag #IFOA when discussing this year’s Festival.
With just four weeks to go before the Festival, take the time to get acquainted with all 190 participants. I have a feeling this is going to be a Festival to remember.