Meet TIFA Director Roland Gulliver

TIFA Director Roland Gulliver speaking behind branded podium

This past February, TIFA welcomed its new director, Roland Gulliver, to help usher the organization into a new decade. The former Associate Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival begins his tenure with TIFA by preparing for the 41st edition of the Festival, taking place this fall. In mid-March, we checked in with Roland about his first impressions of his new city, his literary firsts, what he's reading and whether he's a re-reader. Read on, and get to know our new director.

While you're here, be sure to check out our blog post on local bookstores who are still operating via online and telephone orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of them have been mentioned in the interview below.

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Get to know Canada’s Longest-Running Literary Festival

We polled the staff, and what we love best about working for the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is connecting with fellow book lovers like you! Many of us had the chance to meet many of you during the 39th edition of the Festival in 2018, by reading your social media posts, and striking up conversations in signing lines, in the Festival Hub and just before the authors hit the stage. Now, we’re hoping this post will help you get to know us a little better–as well as some of your fellow attendees!

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Looking Ahead with TIFA Director Geoffrey E. Taylor

Geoffrey E. Taylor

Geoffrey E. Taylor

From all of us here at TIFA: Happy New Year! To commemorate 2019, we sat with TIFA Director Geoffrey E. Taylor for a quick interview about the past, present and future of the Toronto International Festival of Authors. If starting a new year is anything like starting a new book, consider this a very special foreword from the man behind the curtains.

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Awe & Inspiration: Coming Full Circle at #FestofAuthors18

Danielle Bourgon

Danielle Bourgon (L) and her mother (R) at Danielle’s 2012 UBC commencement ceremony

In her first stint as a Delegate for the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), Danielle Bourgon, frequent contributor to BookRiot, found a second chance to listen to and soak in the teachings of  legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, who was also the key speaker at Danielle’s commencement ceremony years prior.

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