Everything you need to know to maximize your Festival experience. Don’t see what you need? Email us at info@festivalofauthors.ca


When is the 2018 Festival?

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors will take place October 18-28, 2018.

What are the ticket prices?

All Festival events are subject to the following pricing, unless otherwise specified:

  • General admission: $18
  • TIFA Supporters: $15
  • 4-Pass: $65 for a 4-event package
  • Students and youth aged 25 and under: FREE when you show a valid ID upon ticket pick up.

All prices include HST. Service charges apply ($4 on web orders).

How can I get tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person. Regular box office hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 1-6pm and until 8pm on event nights.

  • To purchase online, browse for your event on this website, then click to purchase tickets. Please note that purchases will be directed to the Harbourfront Centre box office platform. (Do not be alarmed when you are directed to that web page.)
  • To purchase by phone, call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000.
  • In person, visit the Harbourfront Centre box office at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Are discounts available for tickets?

The Festival offers a number of ticket discounting opportunities, including:

  • Students and youth age 25 and under: Free when you show a valid ID upon ticket pick up
  • Publishing professionals: Save 50% when purchasing in person or on the phone
  • Book clubs: Save 25% when purchasing five tickets or more for a single event in person or on the phone.

We value a Festival experience that is barrier-free. If finances are an obstacle to your attendance, and the above offers do not apply to you, please email tickets@festivalofauthors.ca.

Where is the Festival and how do I get there?

Most Festival events take place at Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto and at the neighbouring Fleck Dance Theatre at 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto. The exception is the opening night presentation of In Conversation: Roddy Doyle with Emma Donoghue on Thursday, October 18, which will take place at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto.

Click here for tips on getting to Harbourfront Centre.

How can I save on parking costs?

We understand that parking costs are a concern to travelers to downtown Toronto. That’s why we have made special arrangements this year to help our Festival-goers save. Ticket-holders will receive a special parking rate at Harbourfront Centre’s York Quay Parking Facility, located at 225 Queens Quay West at the foot of Lower Simcoe Street. Instructions to access this offer can be found below, and will also be emailed to purchasers prior to their event.

Festival ticket-holders will be given the parking deal of a $12 flat rate (applicable despite any price surges), which will be valid for eight hours of parking. This rate is $1 less then the usual one hour parking rate. Upon parking your car, go to a pay station and select the “Authors Festival” parking option at the top of the list.

At this point you will be required to enter the coupon code “8432” (which spells TIFA on the number pad). You will then be prompted to enter your payment of $12.00 in coin (loonies or toonies only) or by credit card. Parkers must ensure the receipt is displayed on their dashboard before leaving the garage.

Who can I meet at the Festival? How can I meet them?

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors brings you approximately 200 authors from nearly 30 countries. Many authors will be available to meet in person at their signings, which follow most scheduled events. Spending time in the Festival Hub is another way book lovers have been known to casually bump into authors and all kinds of publishing professionals. Visit the What’s On calendar to view the schedule, or search by author in our Participant database.

Can I get my books signed?

In most cases, yes! The majority of Festival events are followed by an author signing. To confirm which events have signings, please refer to the online event descriptions, or look for the pen icon in your programme guide.

When did the Festival first launch?

The earliest iteration of the Festival began in 1974 as a series of readings on Toronto’s waterfront operating under the name “Authors at Harbourfront Centre.”

In 1980, prompted by the success of the series and the inspiration to bring to North America the same type of literature festival that was in existence in Europe, the organizers launched the Festival.

This was the first edition of the Festival as you know it today, which was called the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors.  In 1986, the programme became a subsidiary company of Harbourfront Centre and received its own non-profit incorporation. Later, it became known as the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) and now the Toronto International Festival of Authors, celebrating its 39th edition in 2018.

Is the Festival Accessible?

Yes! The Festival is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible experience that enables all literature lovers to join the conversation. In accordance with the AODA Customer Service Standard, Harbourfront Centre has documented a series of policies and procedures pertaining to accessibility.

For details, visit Harbourfrontcentre.com/accessibility or call the box office at 416-973-4000.

I’m a writer. How can I become a part of the Festival?

The Toronto International Festival of Writers presents several streams of programming that features authors in conversation all year round. Events are carefully curated, months and sometimes years in advance, based on many factors such as event themes and trends in reading and publishing. To submit your work for consideration for the Festival and/or other streams, please visit our Submissions page here. For further information, please have your publicist contact programming@festivalofauthors.ca.