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Thursday, October 18

In Conversation: Roddy Doyle With Emma Donoghue
7:30pm — Walter Hall, University of Toronto

This event is SOLD OUT.

Missed the chance to see Roddy Doyle? You can find him at the Man Booker Prize 50th Anniversary: Featuring Marlon James event on October 20 at 7pm.


Friday, October 19

In Conversation: Miriam Toews
7pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

This event is SOLD OUT.

Did you enjoy Women Talking? If so, we’d like to recommend Panel: Rachel Giese, Sarah Henstra and Vivek Shraya on October 28 at 6pm.

Toronto Poetry Slam: Featuring Jennifer Alicia Murrin
9pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Back for the second time at the Festival, this high-energy poetry showcase features some of the city’s most engaging spoken-word artists. Presented in partnership with Toronto Poetry Project, this Toronto hit poetry slam is a competition in two rounds, judged by members of the audience.

Anyone is welcome to get up and perform for prizes, with the winner invited to read in next year’s Festival.

This event will be hosted by David Silverberg.

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Saturday, October 20

Book Bash: Canadian Children’s Literature Festival
12pm — Harbourfront Centre

Join some of Canada’s best-known children’s authors and illustrators for a fun-filled afternoon of activities for kids that celebrate Canadian books and make reading fun.

Authors include Cale AtkinsonHelaine Becker, Marina Cohen, Charis CotterPaul CovelloAviaq JohnstonKean SooGordon KormanSabina Gibson and more.

This FREE event for families and young readers takes place at Harbourfront Centre.

Double Interview: Ted Barris & Tim Cook
1pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

This Fall, Ted Barris releases his latest non-fiction book, Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany. It centres on a moment in history that changed the course of the Second World War. Barris is a writer, journalist, professor and broadcaster. Tim Cook is the War Historian at the Canadian War Museum and an adjunct professor at Carleton University. His new non-fiction book is The Secret History of Soldiers. Ted Barris and Tim Cook will be interviewed by Hugh Brewster. This event will be hosted by Ania Szado.

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Double Interview: James Bartleman and Wayne Grady
3pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

The writers in this forum tackle themes of love and betrayal, privilege, race, separation and regret. With Up From FreedomWayne Grady’s historical story of a slave owner is informed by his own discovery of an African-American ancestor. In A Matter of ConscienceJames Bartleman confronts the infamous Sixties Scoop and the traumas that still affect Indigenous Peoples today. The interview will be led by Steven Beattie and hosted by Ania Szado.

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Toronto Lit Up: Launch of Launches
5:30pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

The Toronto Arts Council and the Toronto International Festival of Authors have partnered on Toronto Lit Up, an initiative designed to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. The programme also gives curious readers access to their local writing community. Toronto Lit Up book release launches take place all year long at Harbourfront Centre and other venues across the city.

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Double Interview: Amitava Kumar & Ruby Namdar
6pm — Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Amitava Kumar’s Immigrant, Montana and Ruby Namdar’s The Ruined House both showcase a portrait of American life in New York at the turn of the 21st century from unique perspectives: Kumar’s from a coming-of-age immigrant in his university years and Namdar’s from the deterioration of a successful, middle-aged Jewish professor.

Settle in for an engaging discussion on the comparison and contrast of these two books, which comment on the confusion of cultural values, while blending the personal with the political. Amitava Kumar and Ruby Namdar will be interviewed by Ian Austen. This event will be hosted by Amy Jones.

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Man Booker Prize 50th Anniversary: Featuring Marlon James
7pm — Fleck Dance Theatre

Celebrated Jamaican author Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings. He will be joined onstage by other past winners and nominees–Roddy Doyle and Jane Urquhart–to discuss the impact the award has had on their lives. This event is presented in partnership with the Man Booker Prize. This event will be hosted and moderated by Lewis DeSoto.

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Anne Michaels & Special Guests
8pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Anne Michaels will be presenting excerpts from two books, Railtracks, a unique collaboration for theatre, co-written with the British writer John Berger, and Infinite Gradation, a meditation on the mystery at the heart of our mortality, about hope in art and what art makes of death.

Both books find their way to a profound solace. Michaels and Berger wrote Railtracks to be performed at the German Gymnasium at King’s Cross in London, UK, directed by Simon McBurney with his renowned theatre company, Complicite. This is a work about place and displacement – forced displacement, labour migration, political and economic exile – and, because it is about what we carry when we must leave almost everything behind, it is also about love, history, memory.

For this performance, Michaels will be collaborating with singer-songwriter david sereda, and they will be joined by musicians and actors to present excerpts from these works.

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Black Box Session: Humber School for Writers, Love & Defiance Podcast
9pm — Main Loft, Harbourfront Centre

The Black Box session is a live taping of Humber School for Writers’ upcoming Love and Defiance podcast. Author, filmmaker and Humber School for Writers director David Bezmozgis will speak with a Humber student who has lived an extraordinary life and turned that experience into art.

Does one need to live boldly and unconventionally to write? What conscious and unconscious decisions shape a life and make a writer? In the spirit of NPR’s StoryCorps and This American Life, join us for an evening of intimate and revealing conversation. This event will be hosted by Alissa York.

Dress code: Black

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Sunday, October 21

Panel: Brannavan Gnanalingam, Witi Ihimaera & Maryam Madjidi
1pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Featured books in this conversation all focus on themes of location and displacement, and how place can affect characters, cultures and family. Sodden Downstream from New Zealand writer Brannavan Gnanalingam evolves around a female refugee. Witi Ihimaera, also from New Zealand, sheds light on his Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood, stirring tales from his formative years. Iranian author and poet Maryam Madjidi makes her debut with Marx and the Doll, which looks at how one’s roots can become a burden — and a weapon. This event will be moderated by Beatriz Hausner and hosted by Catherine Graham.

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Kegedonce 25th Anniversary
2pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Kegedonce Press is an Aboriginal publishing house in Neyaashiinigmiing Reserve No. 27, Ontario, owned by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm. It has been crafting beautiful books that involve Indigenous Peoples at all levels of production. Come celebrate the house’s many achievements over the past 25 years. A number of Kegedonce authors, including Richard Van Camp and Joanne Arnott, will be in attendance. This event will be hosted by Stephanie Pangowish. Licensed event.

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Panel: Kelley Armstrong, Michael Robotham & Amy Stuart
2pm — Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

This intriguing talk gathers together three heavyweights who have all embraced elements of the romantic thriller. A New York Times best-seller, Kelley Armstrong reveals an off-the-grid town with a stranger in its midst in This Fallen Prey. Canadian novelist Amy Stuart presents her latest novel Still Water, which uncovers a search for truth in a town full of secrets. Michael Robotham’s The Other Wife investigates the sordid past of an aging father. This event will be moderated by Andrew Pyper and hosted by David Bradford.

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Safar: Journeys to South Asia
3pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Authors Arif Anwar (The Storm)Amulya Malladi (The Copenhagen Affair)Manjushree Thapa (All of Us in Our Own Lives), and Rahul Varma (Truth and Treason) talk about their writing and how the South Asian community inspires their stories. This segment is moderated by Shree Paradkar.

At 4pm after a brief intermission, author Anirudh Bhattacharyya interviews new High Commissioner of India to Canada, Vikas Swarup. Swarup is an Indian writer and diplomat who formerly served as the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India. He wrote the book Q&A, which inspired the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

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Best Canadian Poetry of 2018
5pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Launched in 2008 by Tightrope Books, the Best Canadian Poetry Series features 50 Canadian poets annually, drawn from literary journals and magazines (printed and online), ushering readers into the heart of Canada’s diverse poetry scene. This tribute celebrates the release of the latest edition, a must-read for anyone with an interest in contemporary literature. A number of poets will be in attendance, including Nancy Jo CullenMichael FraserDoyali IslamSachiko MurakamiRobin RichardsonDaniel Scott TysdalCatriona Wright, and guest editor, American poet Hoa Nguyen. This event is hosted by Anita Lahey.

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Panel: Kim Fu, Kirsten McDougall & Sarah Winman
6pm — Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

These award-winning authors illustrate how the past affects the present, with coming-of-age stories that interpret a scope of difficult circumstances. Kim Fu’s The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore follows a group of girls who become stranded on a kayak trip, revealing how the experience affects their adult lives. With Tess, Kirsten McDougall weaves a tale of loss and family via a woman on the run. Sarah Winman’s Tin Man is an exploration of love, loss and sexual identity played out in a complex love triangle. This event will be moderated by Kate Taylor and hosted by David Bradford.

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EUNIC Reading & Reception
7pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

This evening, in conjunction with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), spotlights writers from EU countries reading short excerpts of their work in their own languages. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear their works recited in their own voices.

This event will be hosted by Tiffany Fukuma from the Consulat général de France à Toronto.

Written English translations will be available. Readings will be followed by a licensed reception.

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Monday, October 22

Author Talks & Mystery Library
3-6pm — West Wing, Union Station

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). The lineup of authors reading live will be announced soon. This free Festival pop-up event will be hosted by Antanas Sileika.

International Visitors (IV) Award Presentation & Keynote with Madeline McIntosh
3:30pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

As part of the International Visitors (IV) Programme, industry guests from around the world come together to share international perspectives on the publishing industry. The event begins with the presentation of the annual Ivy Award to Brian Lam, Publisher, Arsenal Pulp Press, followed by a panel on the diversity of publishing, with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Jana-Maria Hartmann, Lucy Luck and Catherine Milne.

This year will feature a keynote address by Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh. McIntosh will then take part in an interview with Kristin Cochrane, CEO of Penguin Random House Canada. This final portion of the event will run for approximately 60 minutes, including a short question & answer period towards the end. There will be no intermission.

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Festival Celebration: GGBooks
8pm — Fleck Dance Theatre

This star-studded event, presented in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, will celebrate the authors shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-language Fiction:

  • Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage
  • Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
  • The Red Word by Sarah Henstra
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews
  • Zolitude by Paige Cooper

Programme note: Joshua Whitehead will not be in attendance, however, an excerpt of Jonny Appleseed will be read on his behalf.

The 2018 Harbourfront Festival Prize will also be presented to this year’s winner Lee Maracle, who joins a longlist of distinguished recipients, including Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, Seth, and Jane Urquhart, among others. This event will be moderated by Carol Off.

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Please Note: Author Miriam Toews was previously scheduled to take part on this panel, however, her appearance has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. An excerpt of Women Talking will be read on her behalf.


Tuesday, October 23

Panel: Kirsten McDougall, D. Nandi Odhiambo & Melanie Raabe
5pm — Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

The impact of secrets on relationships will be explored, when these three international authors share the stage to discuss their latest works. Kenyan-born Canadian D. Nandi Odhiambo presents his third novel Smells Like Stars, which features a young couple questioning their compatibility. New Zealand’s Kirsten McDougall looks at the ties that can bind and tear a family apart in Tess. German author Melanie Raabe examines how the surprise return of a long-lost loved one can add more mystery than answers, in The Stranger Upstairs. This event is moderated by Sarah Henstra and hosted by Emily Saso.

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Panel: Michael Berry, Dulce Maria Cardoso & Tina Makereti
6pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Themes of colonial history, genocide and reconciliation are discussed in breathtaking candour by this informative grouping of four highly original award-winning authors.

Dulce Maria Cardoso is from Portugal and spent her childhood in Angola. She will be referencing her historical fiction novel, The Return. Michael Berry translated Remains of Life by Taiwanese novelist and cultural authority Wu He. New Zealand’s Tina Makereti celebrates Māori and Pasifika writing with books that include Black Marks on the White Page (co-edited by Witi Ihimaera) and The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke.

This event will be moderated by Bert Archer and hosted by Amy Jones.

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Please Note: Author Wu He was previously scheduled to take part on this panel, however, his appearance has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. His work, Remains of Life, will be represented by its translator, Michael Berry.

In Conversation: Ian Rankin With Linwood Barclay
7pm — Fleck Dance Theatre

This event is SOLD OUT.

Fan of thriller/mystery? Love reading Linwood Barclay? We’d like to recommend the Panel: Linwood Barclay, Joy Fielding & Shari Lapena on October 26 at 7pm.

Panel: Cristina Ali Farah, Ivana Bodrožić & Monika Zgustova
8pm — Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

These authors of historical fiction have written books that explore the fluidity of identity, as influenced by political turmoil, all their female main characters experiencing political strife. Cristina Ali Farah’s Little Mother was written in response to President Trump’s travel ban. Ivana Bodrozic’s The Hotel Tito follows a displaced teenager navigating war-torn Croatia. And Monika Zgustova’s book The Silent Woman dissects an aristocratic woman’s life against a backdrop of the Second World War. This event will be moderated by Niyosha Keyzad and hosted by Emily Saso.

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Poetry Cabaret #1
9pm – Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Our Lakeside Terrace sets the stage for two Poetry Cabarets this year, when the mighty spoken word ignites the night air with razor-sharp work by some of the hottest poets in Canada. This is a showcase of the poetry world’s cream of the crop, fronted by a sparkling and sidesplitting host. Enjoy live music, insightful readings, a cool vibe and a cash bar.

Two nights only! Visit Poetry Cabaret #2 on Thursday, October 25, 9-10pm here.

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Wednesday, October 24

Celebrating Poland: With Jakub Małecki, Dorota Masłowska & Jakub Żulczyk
6pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

The Festival is pleased to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence with a gathering of three of the country’s top authors. This is a panel discussion followed by a reception.

This event is moderated by Eva Stachniak.

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Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Finalists
7pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes the year’s best Canadian novel or short story collection with a $50,000 award. The shortlisted authors for this prestigious award will appear in a panel discussion hosted and moderated by Becky Toyne.

  • The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  • Beirut Hellfire Society by Rawi Hage
  • Land Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale
  • Dear Evelyn by Kathy Page

Programme Note: Esi Edugyan won’t be attending the event.

The prize will be presented at the 2018 Writers’ Trust Awards to be held on November 7 at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

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In Conversation: Eden Robinson With Cherie Dimaline
8pm — Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Governor General Award-winning Canadian Métis writer Cherie Dimaline will interview author Eden Robinson, whose new book Trickster Drift is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed Son of a Trickster, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This focus on Indigenous authorship, a Festival special event, promises to both enlighten and entertain.

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Nimbus 40th Anniversary Kitchen Party
9pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Based in Halifax, Nimbus is the largest independent publisher east of Toronto, publishing more than 50 books a year. Founded in 1978, Nimbus titles cover everything from national themes to subjects relevant to the Atlantic provinces. Open to the public as well as national and international Festival guests, this reception celebrates the company’s 40th anniversary with on-site giveaways, refreshments and a cash bar. Authors Carol BruneauLesley CreweDavid Myles and Tom Ryan will be in attendance. This event is hosted by Sue Carter.

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Thursday, October 25

And the Winner is… University of Toronto’s Creative Writing Awards Presentation
5:30pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

This awards presentation and reception celebrates emerging writers from the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. A total of $8,500 will be presented to the winners of three awards: The Penguin Random House Canada Student Award for Fiction, The Janice Colbert Poetry Award and The Marina Nemat Award for top Certificate Final Project.

Members of the public are welcome.

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Storytelling in Different Forms: Dionne Brand, Isa Kamari, Pierre J. Mejlak & Ondjaki
8pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

This session focuses on the craft of writing, with all the books embracing untraditional writing formats and unique styles. Dionne Brand’s novel Theory features a character named Theory and employs a style of writing that complements the story itself. Isa Kamari’s philosophical book Tweet entwines traditional storytelling with a modern theme. Maltese writer Pierre J. Mejlak’s book of short stories Having Said Goodnight won the European Union Prize for Literature. The stories artfully move between past and future, real and imaginary. Ondjaki is one of the rising stars of African literature. His new book Transparent City is in the genre of magical realism.

This event will be moderated by Wendy O’Brien and hosted by Sheniz Janmohamed.

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Poetry Cabaret #2
9pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Our Lakeside Terrace sets the stage for two Poetry Cabarets this year, when the mighty spoken word ignites the night air with razor-sharp work by some of the hottest poets in Canada. This is a showcase of the poetry world’s cream of the crop, fronted by a sparkling and sidesplitting host. Enjoy live music, insightful readings, a cool vibe and a cash bar.

Two nights only! Visit Poetry Cabaret #1 on Tuesday, October 23, 9-10pm here.

To purchase tickets for Poetry Cabaret #2, click here.


Friday, October 26

Panel: Linwood Barclay, Joy Fielding & Shari Lapena
7pm — Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Three Canadian heavyweights take the stage to riff on the thrill of the thriller. Barclay’s 2018 titles include the mysterious A Noise Downstairs and Escape, his newest children’s book. A family’s dark secrets are revealed in Fielding’s latest book, The Bad Daughter. Lapena is the author of the internationally bestselling thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House and her latest, An Unwanted Guest.

This event will be moderated by Deborah Dundas, Toronto Star.

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Double Interview: Randy Boyagoda & Rawi Hage
8pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

These two brilliant Canadian authors, well known for their sharp wits onstage, have both produced humorous novels that involve tragic themes, dealing with issues of religion and crises of faith. Boyagoda’s Original Prin tells the story of a university professor confronting a plethora of crises on too many fronts. With Beirut Hellfire SocietyHage returns to some of the themes of living through war that he explored in his first novel, De Niro’s Game.

Randy Boyagoda and Rawi Hage will be interviewed by Elamin Abdelmahmoud. This event will be hosted by Alexandra Grigorescu.

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Poetry Slam Game Show
9pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

This smack down is a poetry journey you won’t want to miss. 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 held during the summer.

Hosted by, and featuring performances by, Canada’s favourite Folk/Hop/Poetry duo, Atomic Wednesday. There will be games, poetry, prizes, music and so much more! Cash bar.

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Saturday, October 27

Author Talks & Mystery Library
12pm — West Wing, Union Station

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 Saturday, October 27 (12-6pm). The lineup of authors reading live will be announced soon. This free Festival pop-up event will be hosted by Antanas Sileika.

Panel: Craig Davidson, Lauren B. Davis & Timothy Taylor
2pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

From hidden pasts to dark secrets, these bestselling authors’ latest novels are hauntingly delicious. Davidson’s latest novel is The Saturday Night Ghost Club, which examines the fragility and resilience of the human mind. Davis presents her latest title The Grimoire of Kensington Market, which explores a parallel Toronto, a drug that allows its users to slip through the permeable edges of this world, and the one woman who can escape it. Taylor’s novel is The Rule of Stephens, a psychological tale of guilt and doubt.

This event will be moderated by Catherine Porter and hosted by Danila Botha.

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Facebook Live: Waubgeshig Rice
3pm — Facebook, @FestofAuthors

Join us for our first ever Facebook Live event with author Waubgeshig Rice. Rice will be discussing his new novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, which is a post-apocalyptic story about a small northern Anishinaabe community that goes dark.

This event will be part interview, part audience Q&A! If you follow us at @festofauthors on Facebook, the live event will appear on your news feed. You can also access the event without signing into Facebook by going to our page: www.facebook.com/festofauthors

Writers & Company: Festival Edition With András Forgách
3pm — Fleck Dance Theatre

Eleanor Wachtel chats with acclaimed Hungarian author, translator, dramatist and visual artist András Forgách. Thirty years after the fall of communism in Hungary, Forgách investigated his family’s past only to discover that his mother was a spy for the Kadar regime who had informed on her family and friends. Forgách will elaborate on this story, as captured in his new novel The Acts of My Mother.

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5th Annual Humber College Liberal Arts & Sciences Conference at TIFA:
Keynote Address by Jeff Chang
3:30pm — Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

As Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, and co-founder of CultureStrike and ColorLines, Jeff Chang is a renowned speaker on culture, politics, the arts and music. His first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, won the American Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award.

Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America received the Ray + Pat Browne Award for Best Work in Popular Culture and American Culture. Chang was a USA Ford Fellow in Literature, winner of the North Star News Prize, and named by The Utne Reader as one of 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.

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Double Interview: Alex Leslie & Sayaka Murata
4pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

Societal relationships and the status of women in today’s world is the hot topic of this meeting of minds. Alex Leslie’s We All Need to Eat chronicles a woman’s attempts to come to grips with herself, her family and her sexuality. There will be an interpreter onstage with Japanese author Sayaka Murata, who won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for Convenience Store Woman, which takes a hard look at Japanese society and the pressure to conform.

This event will be moderated by Susan G. Cole and hosted by Danila Botha.

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Guernica 40th Anniversary
5pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Guernica Editions is an award-winning independent Canadian publisher of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. For 40 years, Guernica has published books that cross borders and push boundaries. This open reception celebrates the publishing house’s 40th birthday with refreshments, a cash bar and exciting door prizes. The winner of the 2018 Guernica Prize for Literary Fiction will be announced. The celebration will be hosted by Toronto musician, cultural entrepreneur and Executive Director of 918 Bathurst, Daniela Nardi. Special guests include George Elliott ClarkeJoe Fiorito, Bianca LakoseljakGianna PatriarcaMichael Mirolla and Antanas Sileika.

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Double Interview: Esi Edugyan & Meg Wolitzer
6pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

This event is SOLD OUT.

Interested in the Double Interview format? Be sure to check out Double Interview: Randy Boyagoda & Rawi Hage on October 26 at 8pm, and Double Interview: Alex Leslie & Sayaka Murata on October 27 at 4pm.

Double Interview: Buffy Sainte-Marie With Andrea Warner
8pm — Fleck Dance Theatre

Settle in for this unique double interview based on Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized BiographyRaina Douris will interview Andrea Warner, biographer, and her subject, Canadian icon Buffy Sainte-Marie, about their partnership and its enthralling results.

Please note that there will be no musical performance at this event.

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Sunday, October 28

In Conversation: Christopher Dewdney
12pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Christopher Dewdney has a keen eye for identifying seemingly unrelated events and gives readers long-overdue insight into the very air we breathe. His non-fiction science book Eighteen Miles is a fact-filled journey that takes a brilliant and witty look into the dark corners of weather and climate. Dewdney will be interviewed by Ross Hull for this event.

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In Conversation: Ross King
2pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer Ross King will present his newest book, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies. It tells the true story of Monet’s iconic paintings at Giverny, widely touted as the last hurrah of Impressionism. The book also reviews the artist’s personal turmoil during those last years of his life. This title won the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction last year. Ross King will be interviewed by Caroline Shields for this event. Shields is a specialist in 19th-century European art who has worked at museums around the world. She is currently the Assistant Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

This event will be hosted by Grace O’Connell.

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In Conversation: Madeline Miller
4pm — Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

The New York Times bestselling author Madeline Miller discusses Circe, one of the most daring and highly anticipated books of 2018 and a follow-up to her novel, The Song of Achilles.

Miller will explain how she adapts classical texts for modern audiences and how, centuries later, we still pass these stories on. Although Greek mythology is inherently misogynistic, the narrator in Circe is a female goddess with a feminist voice, which sheds light on the struggles between men and women, gods and men — and between the gods themselves.

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Panel: Rachel Giese, Sarah Henstra & Vivek Shraya
6pm — Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

New books from these Canadian writers delve into themes of feminism and power, demonstrating how damaging messages about masculinity affect our culture today. Rachel Giese’s Boys: What It Means to Become a Man is a non-fiction book about families and relationships. She is a regular contributor to CBC Radio and Chatelaine. Sarah Henstra’s The Red Word centres on rape culture in college life. This is her first work of adult fiction. Vivek Shraya’s non-fiction book I’m Afraid of Men explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl. Shraya is a musician, short-story writer and visual artist.

This event will be moderated by Rinaldo Walcott.

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