In 2018, we profiled some of the authors who participated in the 39th edition of the Festival including Angolan author Ondjaki.
Ondjaki is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers in Angolan history, with critics hailing him as one of the most important writers in the history of African literature. Ondjaki’s diverse bibliography includes children’s books, poetry collections, short story anthologies and novels, plus additional credits in writing for film/television and theatre.
In 2018, we profiled some of the authors who participated in the 39th edition of the Festival. After this profile was published, Vivek Shraya published her first comic with artist Ness Lee, Death Threat, and became one of M·A·C Cosmetics’ Ambassador as part of the Canadian Original campaign. Her imprint, V.S. Books, also announced its second writer, Cicely-Belle Blain.
Is there anything Vivek Shraya can’t do? For over 10 years now, the multi-disciplinary artist has bounced from medium to medium without ever missing a step, always subverting expectations and defying categorization. Short films, photo exhibits, solo and collaborative albums, poetry and short story collections – you name it, she’s done it.
Earlier this year, Arif Anwar’s The Storm was released to immediate international acclaim; it was praised for its ambitious, sprawling narrative that plays out over several decades in its examination of the titular cataclysm’s impact on five different love stories.
What made the novel even more impressive? It was Anwar’s first-ever publication. That’s right: no short story collections, no chapbooks and no contributions in an anthology. And with it, Anwar had already garnered comparisons to celebrated authors like Khaled Hosseini and Rohinton Mistry.
You may have noticed the IFOA’s new look these days. We recently rolled out a new logo and we’re now officially the Toronto International Festival of Authors.