Trusting the Reader

By Mathew Henderson The first event I attended as an IFOA Delegate this year was an Artist Talk with John Boyne. Boyne, who writes young adult fiction and literary novels, read an excerpt from his upcoming novel, A History of Loneliness. It was Boyne’s account of his YA writing that most resonated with me. Having enjoyed my […]

David Nicholls at IFOA 35

David Nicholls is the author of the bestselling One Day, adapted into a film staring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Nicholls presented his latest novel, Us, at IFOA 35. In case you missed it, the discussion with Bert Archer is below.

Boys to Men

One of our most talked-about round tables this year featured international authors Adam Foulds, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Tim Winton. They delved into right and wrong, the loss of innocence and the journey to manhood as depicted in their fiction. If you missed their conversation, listen to it in its entirely below.  

John Boyne reads from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

John Boyne is the author of nine novels for adults and four for younger adults. His novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas sold more than six million copies worldwide and was made into a Miramax feature film. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas follows the story of Bruno, a 9-year-old boy growing up in […]

Poet Profile: David Martin

By Dylan Schoenmakers David Martin is a Calgary-based poet and this year’s winner of the CBC Poetry Prize. His poems have been widely published and can be found in The Malahat Review, Grain, Event, The Fiddlehead, Filling Station, CV2 and Alberta Views. He is also a board member for the Single Onion, Calgary’s longest-running poetry reading series. […]

David Bezmozgis reads from The Free World

David Bezmozgis is a writer and filmmaker. His first book, Natasha and Other Stories, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book. His first feature film, Victoria Day, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. In this clip, Bezmozgis reads an excerpt from his 2011 novel, The Free World, a story about a family of […]

Wayson Choy reads from All That Matters

Wayson Choy’s bestselling debut novel, The Jade Peony, shared the Trillium Book Award for best book in 1995 and won the 1996 City of Vancouver Book Award. Its companion novel, All That Matters, also won a Trillium Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2005 Giller Prize. In this clip, Choy reads a selection from […]

Margaret MacMillan named Harbourfront Festival Prize recipient

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, Margaret MacMillan! With many accolades to her name, including the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award, Margaret MacMillan was selected for the annual Harbourfront Festival Prize based on the merits of her published work and her contributions to fostering the next […]

Nino Ricci discusses The Origin of Species

Nino Ricci’s first novel, Lives of the Saints, garnered international acclaim and won a host of awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. He won the same prize again in 2008 for his novel The Origin of Species. In this clip, Ricci talks about narrative voice and his reluctance to use the first […]

Helen Humphreys reads from The Frozen Thames

Helen Humphreys is the award-winning, bestselling author of four books of poetry, six novels and two works of creative non-fiction. In this clip, Humphreys reads from her 2007 book, The Frozen Thames.

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