How We Live Now

At #IFOA35, Canadian storytellers Dionne Brand, Joseph Kertes, Carrie Snyder and Michael Winter took the stage to discuss how we’re shaped not only by our contemporary lives, but by the past of our country. Listen to their entire conversation, moderated by Brian Francis, below.

James Ellroy on Blood’s a Rover

We were lucky enough to have the “demon dog” of literature, American author James Ellroy, on our stage during #IFOA35 this fall. In 2009, he joined us for a special reading and discussion of Blood’s a Rover, the wild conclusion to his popular Underworld USA trilogy. Listen to the interview in its entirety below.

Forms of Fiction

A novel, a short story collection, an encyclopedic collage. Canadian authors Emma Donoghue, Aislinn Hunter, Eliza Robertson and Diane Schoemperlen had a riveting discussion about the myriad forms a story can take at this year’s IFOA with moderator Catherine Bush. In case you missed it, hear the entire conversation below.  

Anthony De Sa reads fom Barnacle Love

Anthony De Sa reads from his 2008 novel, Barnacle Love, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is a set of interlinked stories brimming with life, the innocent dreams and bitter disappointments of the immigrant experience. De Sa was a participant in this year’s Delegate Programme at #IFOA35, where he and other […]

Joseph Boyden reads from Through Black Spruce

Joseph Boyden reads the first chapter from his 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel, Through Black Spruce, a story of contemporary aboriginal life, full of danger and the harsh beauty of both forest and city. Boyden appeared at #IFOA35 in a special event to celebrate Penguin’s 40th anniversary.

RBC Taylor Prize Spotlight: We Were Here First

During the 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors, four talented Aboriginal authors (Thomas King, Lee Maracle, Ellen van Neerven and Samuel Wagan Watson) discussed Indigenous writing traditions and contemporary Indigenous literature, as part of the RBC Taylor Prize Spotlight. CBC’s Waubgeshig Rice moderated. Hear this fascinating discussion (in full) below.

Crowds, Comments & Community

We teamed up with Wattpad for an event during IFOA 35! If you missed it (or want to hear it again!) the entire round table discussion between Emily Linden, The Globe and Mail‘s Mark Medley, Sina Queyras and Anna Todd is posted below.  

Ann-Marie Macdonald on Adult Onset

On October 31, beloved Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald took our stage to discuss her long-awaited new novel, Adult Onset, with NOW Magazine’s Susan G. Cole. If you missed their conversation, listen to it in its entirety below.  

Marilynne Robinson and Colm Tóibín at IFOA 35

In case you missed it live, Eleanor Wachtel‘s conversation with authors Marilynne Robinson and Colm Tóibín during #IFOA35 aired recently on CBC’s Writers & Company. Listen to the interview (in full) here.  

You Write Funny

What tickles your funny bone? Listen to the funniest round table from IFOA 35 with Elyse Friedman, Robert Glancy, Andrew Kaufman and Simon Rich below.  

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