Toronto, September 12, 2014 —–The 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors hits the road for its annual touring programme, IFOA Ontario, bringing literary events to 12 locations across the province from October 22 to November 7, 2014. This year, Canadian and international authors will visit Brantford, Burlington, Creemore, Hamilton, Kitchener, Markham (Young Readers event), Midland, Parry Sound, Port Hope, Thunder Bay, Windsor and Woodstock.
Now in its eighth year, IFOA Ontario partners with libraries, bookstores, universities and community organizations across Ontario to present the world’s best writers of contemporary literature in readings, interviews, round table discussions and public book signings. IFOA Ontario also brings authors into the classroom for students of all ages with its Young Readers programme.
Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director of IFOA, says: “IFOA Ontario events are an amazing opportunity, not only for audiences to meet the authors in person and to hear them read and discuss their books, but also for the writers to explore the beautiful province of Ontario. We are thrilled to bring over 20 outstanding Canadian and international authors to these 12 communities.”
This year’s participating authors include celebrated Australian aboriginal writers Tony Birch and Ellen van Neerven; bestselling Irish author John Boyne; renowned Canadian storyteller Roch Carrier; Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book recipient Michael Crummey; Canadian horror writer Nick Cutter; Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winners Emma Donoghue and Helen Humphreys; critically acclaimed Canadian fiction writers Elyse Friedman, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Lee Maracle; Poetry NOW winner Catherine Graham; RBC Taylor Prize winner Thomas King; American historian and novelist Lois Leveen; beloved Canadian novelist and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald; talented memoirist Alison Pick; Governor General’s Literary Award winners Kate Pullinger and Kim Thúy; bestselling UK authors Sarah Waters and Louise Welsh; Writers’ Trust Notable Author Award winner Michael Winter and this year’s nominees for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Visit litontour.com for a full list of participants, events and biographies.
Tickets can be purchased now through the box offices listed in the schedule of events below, online at litontour.com or through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.
Each October, the IFOA presents a wide range of readings, round table discussions, onstage interviews, book signings and a number of special events featuring the world’s most exciting authors of contemporary literature. This year’s 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors takes place October 23–November 2, 2014. IFOA also includes the touring programme IFOA Ontario, which stops in locations throughout the province. Tickets for both IFOA and IFOA Ontario are now on sale, except where noted. Visit ifoa.org for more information.
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IFOA ONTARIO SCHEDULE
In partnership with BookFest Windsor
Saturday, October 25, 1pm
READING/INTERVIEW: Louise Welsh
In partnership with Planet IndigenUS and Woodland Cultural Centre
Thursday, October 30, 7pm
READING/RECEPTION: Tony Birch, Thomas King, Lee Maracle, Ellen van Neerven
Woodland Cultural Centre, Museum Building, 184 Mohawk Street
Box Office: Woodland Cultural Centre, 519-759-2650
In partnership with A Different Drummer Books, the Art Gallery of Burlington and The Writers’ Trust of Canada
Tuesday, October 28, 7pm
READING: Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Finalists
Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Road
Box Office: A Different Drummer Books, 905-639-0925 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In partnership with Bryan Prince Bookseller and A Different Drummer Books
Thursday, October 30, 7pm
READING/INTERVIEW: Ann-Marie MacDonald
Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West
Box Office: Bryan Prince Bookseller, 905-528-4508, and A Different Drummer Books, 905-639-0925
In partnership with Curiosity House Books & Gallery
Friday, October 24, 7pm
READING: John Boyne, Nick Cutter, Lois Leveen
Station on the Green, 10 Caroline Street East
Box Office: Curiosity House Books, 705-466-3400, or email@example.com
In partnership with Bryan Prince Bookseller
Thursday, October 23, 7pm
READING/INTERVIEW: Roch Carrier
Hillfield Strathallan College – Auditorium, 299 Fennell Avenue West
Box Office: Bryan Prince Bookseller, 905-528-4508
In partnership with Kitchener Public Library
Thursday, October 30, 7pm
READING/INTERVIEW: Emma Donoghue
Kitchener Public Library – Central Library, 85 Queen Street North
Box Office: Please register using the online calendar, available at www.kpl.org.
For more information call 519-743-0271 ext. 255.
This is a free event, first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm.
In partnership with Midland Public Library and the Midland Cultural Centre, hosted by CBC Books
Wednesday, October 29, 7:30pm
READING: Elyse Friedman, Kate Pullinger, Kim Thúy
Midland Public Library, 320 King Street
Box Office: Midland Public Library, 705-526-4216
$15. Doors open at 7pm.
IFOA PARRY SOUND
In partnership with Parry Sound Books
Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm
READING: Michael Crummey, Nick Cutter, Catherine Graham, Helen Humphreys
The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay Street
Box Office: Parry Sound Books, 705-746-7625, or The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 705-746-4466 or 1-877-746-4466
IFOA PORT HOPE
In partnership with Port Hope Public Library and Furby House Books
Wednesday, October 29, 7pm
READING/INTERVIEW: Sarah Waters
Capitol Theatre, 20 Queen Street
Box Office: Port Hope Public Library, 905-885-4712, www.phpl.ca, and Furby House Books, 905-885 -7296
IFOA THUNDER BAY
In partnership with Thunder Bay Public Library, Lakehead University, Northern Women’s Bookstore, Thunder Bay Art Gallery and CBC Radio
Thursday, November 6, 7pm
READING: Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Alison Pick, Michael Winter
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1080 Keewatin Street
Box Office: Waverley Resource Library, 807-684-6814
In partnership with Woodstock Public Library
Wednesday, October 22, 7pm
READING: Helen Humphreys, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Lois Leveen
Knox Presbyterian Church, 59 Riddell Street
Box Office: Woodstock Public Library, 519-539-4801
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