It’s said that the most important thing a writer can do to improve their craft is read, read, read. But when they’re on stage, it’s easy to forget that authors are avid readers themselves! While attending #FestofAuthors18, returning Delegate Alexandra Grigorescu spoke to several of this year’s featured authors about the importance of the Festival in that context.
This year, Andrea Scott was one of two #FestofAuthors18 Delegates with a background in comics and illustration (alongside Jason Loo), having recently contributed a short piece to Osgoode As Gold, a Toronto Comix anthology. As a Delegate, Andrea commemorated her Festival experience by sketching moments and participants from some of this year’s most exciting events. Have a look!
David Bradford was the only poet among this year’s Delegates, his work having appeared in Prairie Fire, Vallum, Poetry Is Dead, The Capilano Review, The Unpublished City (Book*hug, 2017) and more. In attending a variety of Festival events about poetry, prose and prizes, David saw an opportunity to reflect on the bargain between authors and readers.
Novelist, screenwriter and copywriter Emily Saso (The Weather Inside) is no stranger to the Toronto International Festival of Authors. As a returning Delegate she’s hosted events, observed events, and even participated in them as a featured author. Here’s how her Festival experiences have continued to play a role in her writing life!
Jason Loo is a Toronto-based artist and comics creator most widely known for this work on The Pitiful Human-Lizard, a superhero comic set in Toronto. The series, which is published through Chapterhouse Comics, was nominated for the 2018 Doug Wright Spotlight Award! As one of our #FestofAuthors18 Delegates, Jason has been translating his Festival experience into a series of comic strips. Take a look below!