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Good writing knows no boundaries.

The International Visitors (IV) Programme provides a valuable cultural and economic exchange between Canada’s publishing community and some of the most influential publishing figures from around the world. Since 2008, it has generated visibility and marketability for Canadian literature abroad, by acting as a Canadian rights fair, introducing international publishers to the Canadian literary scene, and strengthening relationships with international counterparts that have led to new business development initiatives and the creation of new literary works.

The IV Programme takes place every fall during the Toronto International Festival of Authors — Canada’s longest-running literary festival and one of the largest in the world — over the course of five days of structured inter-industry dialogue and events. Activities are led by distinguished professionals and include quick pitch meetings that lead to rights acquisitions of Canadian works, networking opportunities, as well as presentations on such topics as negotiation, industry trends and changes, international rights and niche publishing. Modelled on similar successful programmes in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the UK, the IV Programme operates as an informal rights fair, providing Canadian authors, publishers and agents an unprecedented opportunity in securing international rights and distribution deals. Over 300 fellows have taken part in the programme. See the fellows from 2020 and 2021 here.

The 15th edition of the IV Programme took place September 26–30, 2022.

2022 IV Fellows

Jennifer Croll headshot
Jennifer Croll (Greystone Books, Vancouver)
Sune de Souza Schmidt-Madsen headshot
Sune de Souza Schmidt-Madsen (Lingdhardt og Ringhof, Denmark)
 Carina Guiterman headshot
 Carina Guiterman (Simon & Schuster)
Diana Gvozden headshot
Diana Gvozden (Schönbach Literary Agency, Netherlands)
Tynan Kogane headshot
Tynan Kogane (New Directions Publishing, New York)
 Lisanne Mathijssen headshot
 Lisanne Mathijssen (HarperCollins Holland)
Dagfinn Moller headshot
Dagfinn Moller (Cappelen Damm, Norway)
Anne-Solange Noble headshot
Anne-Solange Noble (Gallimard, France)
Helen O’Hare headshot
Helen O’Hare (Mulholland Books/Little Brown & Company)
Julie Paludan-Müller headshot
Julie Paludan-Müller (Gads Forlag, Denmark)
 Geneviève Pigeon headshot
 Geneviève Pigeon (L’instant meme, Montreal)
Errol Sharpe headshot
Errol Sharpe (Fernwood, Halifax)

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Kegedonce)
Jon Baker (Baker Literary Scouting)
Tanya Batson-Savage (Blue Banyan Books, Jamaica)
Patricia Campbell (Kegedonce)
Amy Hundley (Grove Atlantic)

IV Programme Committee

  • Carolyn Forde (Chair), Partner, Senior Literary Agent & International Rights Director, Transatlantic Agency
  • Emily Ferko, Sales and Rights Director, ECW Press
  • Kwame Scott Fraser, President/Publisher, Dundurn Press
  • Maria Golikova, Senior Managing Editor, Doubleday Canada, Penguin Random House Canada
  • Roland Gulliver, Director, Toronto International Festival of Authors
  • Jennifer Lambert, Senior Editorial Director, HarperCollins Canada
  • Joe Lee, Publishing Manager, M&S/Penguin Random House Canada
  • Hazel Millar, Co-publisher, Book*Hug Press
  • Jay MillAr, Co-publisher, Book*Hug Press
  • Eirini Moschaki, Development Officer, Grants and Government Relations, Toronto International Festival of Authors
  • Christine Saratsiotis, Deputy Director, Toronto International Festival of Authors
  • Synora Van Drine, Sales Manager, Portage & Main Press
  • Janie Yoon, Executive Editor, Simon and Schuster Canada
  • Kendall Zurowski, Events Coordinator, Toronto International Festival of Authors

The IV Programme is gratefully supported by:

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