Meet the People Behind the Pages


The Festival returns in 2020 with the 41st edition from October 22 to November 1.

As part of the 40th anniversary, the Festival offered a number of additional offerings including the Fest at 40: An Anniversary Exhibition held at Harbourfront Centre. TIFA also returned to Toronto’s Union Station for three free events and partnered with the Toronto Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada on a new archival podcast series titled Writers Off the Page: 40 Years of TIFA

Visit the Festival Hub


No visit to #FestofAuthors19 was complete without a visit to the Festival Hub, located in Harbourfront Centre's Marilyn Brewer Community Space. The Festival Hub is currently closed and will return for the 2020 Festival.

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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


The 40th Exhibit is CLOSED.

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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.