The Toronto International Festival of Authors is an 11-day celebration of words and ideas for curious readers of every kind. Mark your calendar for the 39th edition, taking place October 18-28, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre.


Explore the world of books and get acquainted with the world’s leading authors. From intimate readings to provocative interviews and panel discussions, special events and interactive presentations, the Festival offers a curated selection of events for every taste.


New This Year

Author Talks & Mystery Library

Hear from an outstanding lineup of authors and grab a free book from the Festival’s mystery library in the West Wing of Toronto’s Union Station on Monday, October 22 (3-6pm) and Saturday, October 27 (12-2pm)

TDSB Young Writers Conference

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Main Loft, Harbourfront Centre

This conference hopes to help young writers thrive a little by connecting them to the community of established writers working in the city and beyond.

Poetry Slam Game Show

Friday, October 26, 2018
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Produced in collaboration with the Toronto Poetry Project, this lively and entertaining bout of poetry is the final round of a four-part poetry slam featuring winners from three previous competitions.


Win Big at the Festival

Contest: Win a Free Library of Books

All Festival ticket-holders are eligible to win a free library of books valued at $500! To enter the contest, simply post a photo of yourself with your event tickets to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FestofAuthors18, or to Facebook by tagging @FestofAuthors.

Need a hand? Our volunteers will be ready to help you capture your best photo at the Information Desk in the Festival Hub.

Each post that contains a photo of event tickets and a proper tag represents one chance to win. Six winners will be chosen in total. Winners will be announced the week after the Festival.

Read the full contest rules and regulations here.

Contest: Complete Your Festival Survey to Win a Toronto Staycation

We want to know your thoughts about the Festival and are willing to make it worth your while to share your experience. Be sure to complete your Festival survey, provided after each event, for a chance to win a prize of books and a one-night stay at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. One lucky contest respondent will win. The winner will be selected at random and notified the week after the Festival.