Meet the People Behind the Pages


As part of the 40th anniversary, this edition will offer a number of added offerings, including Fest at 40: An Anniversary Exhibition held at Harbourfront Centre. TIFA will also be returning to Toronto’s Union Station for three free events on October 26, 27 and 28, and has partnered with the Toronto Public Library and Library Archives Canada on a new archival podcast series titled Writers Off the Page: 40 Years of TIFA. For the full programme lineup and ticket information, see below.

Visit the Festival Hub


No visit to #festofauthors19 is complete without a visit to the Festival Hub, located in Harbourfront Centre's Marilyn Brewer Community Space.

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Browse the Books

The Hub is home to the University of Toronto Bookstore's satellite location, where you can browse and shop hundreds of Festival titles, and purchase a limited edition 40th Festival tote bag ($15).

Support & Information

Need assistance? Visit the Support & Information table, located inside the Festival Hub, to find answers to your Festival questions, get your parking validated, browse the author lineup, and more.

Take a Walk Through History


Here for a limited time, TIFA's 40th Anniversary exhibition is open daily at Harbourfront Centre from Oct. 24 to Nov. 3, 2019. Admission is free.

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Fest at 40: The Exhibition

Dive into the archives of Canada's largest and longest-running festival of words and ideas, and explore the stories that have shaped the TIFA authors of today--a tale 40 years in the making. Share your memories with us by contributing to the exhibit's time capsule, and posting your photos with #FestAt40.