The official Toronto International Festival of Authors Book Club returns with award-winning poet and debut novelist, Catherine Graham (Quarry and The Celery Forest). Graham will be leading two thought-provoking seasons featuring a total of 10 titles by Canadian and international authors. The first celebrates the past 40 years of the Festival and the second will feature works by authors attending the 2019 Festival.

I’m Interested! What’s Required?

Book Club is open to anyone who loves books and friendly discussion. It’s a positive space to discuss literary themes, ideas, societal parallels, and to support and encourage one another’s joy of reading. Members are expected to acquire and read the books on the reading list by the required meeting dates, attend each meeting session and contribute to group discussion. You can read Catherine's guest post on the ten reasons why you should join!

Buy your books at the University of Toronto Book Store, the official bookseller of the Toronto International Festival of Authors. Book Club members get 15% off.

Session 1 | $65

These authors have appeared on our Festival stage in the last 40 years. From the powerful prose of James Baldwin to the lyricism of Anne Michaels. 

Session 2 | $65

This reading list will include authors appearing on our 2019 Festival stage. The official list will be announced in the summer so stay tuned!

Sessions 1 & 2 | $100

Interested in securing a spot for both seasons? You have until February 22 to take advantage of this deal of 2 sessions for $100!

2019 Festival Selection (Session 2)

Wednesday, September 4 - TBC
Wednesday, October 2 - TBC
Wednesday, October 30 - TBC
Wednesday, November 27 - TBC
Wednesday, December 18 - TBC

Titles will be formally announced along with the 2019 line-up in September. Book club members who sign-up for the second season will be emailed the list of titles. The Book Club meetings will take place in the Harbourfront Centre Boardroom (Mezzanine) at 6pm.


A Retrospective Through the Decades (Session 1)

Wednesday, February 27 Rescheduled for Wednesday, March 6 - If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Wednesday, March 27 - An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
Wednesday, April 17 - Skin Divers by Anne Michaels
Wednesday, May 29 - Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother by Priscila Uppal
Wednesday, June 26 - Crossbones by Nuruddin Farah

The Book Club meetings will take place in the Harbourfront Centre Boardroom (Mezzanine) at 6pm. The April 17 meeting will take place at the Northeast Meeting Room (Third Floor).


graham-catherineCatherine Graham is the author of the novel Quarry and six poetry collections including The Celery Forest, a CBC Books Top 10 Canadian Poetry Collection of 2017. Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award and CAA Award for Poetry. She received an Excellence In Teaching Award at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies where she teaches creative writing. She was also the winner of Poetry NOW 2014.