Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Girl With The TIFA Tattoo

My favorite book festival of all time is back! This year, The (Artist Formerly Known As The) International Festival of Authors decided to give Toronto a well-deserved shout out. So, from this day forth it shall be known as the Toronto International Festival of Authors, or TIFA as the tattoo on my lower back will soon read. (So, guys, if we could please make this name final, ok?)

There are loads of TIFA events happening from October 18 - October 28. But because I was raised on David Letterman, I love a top ten. So here it is, my TIFA 2018 TOP 10 (in chronological order). 

October 18 2018 - 7:00 PM
The Festival’s opening night promises to be one of exhilarating and eye-opening entertainment as two of Ireland’s favourite writers take the stage.

2. In Conversation: Miriam Toews
October 19 2018 - 7:00 PM

Join award-winning author Miriam Toews for a transformative discussion about her latest book, Women Talking, which challenges our thinking about women and men in our contemporary world.

3. Panel: Kirsten McDougall, D. Nandi Odhiambo & Melanie Raabe
October 23 2018 - 5:00 PM
International authors D. Nandi Odhiambo, Kirsten McDougall and Melanie Raabe share the stage to explore the impact of secrets on relationships in their latest works.

4. In Conversation: Ian Rankin With Linwood Barclay
October 23 2018 - 7:00 PM
Anything can happen when two block-busting bestsellers put their heads together for an hour of solid author intrigue.

5. Panel: Cristina Ali Farah, Ivana Bodrozic & Monika Zgustova
October 23 2018 - 8:00 PM
Cristina Ali Farah, Ivana Bodrozic and Monika Zgustova discuss the themes of identity and political strife as experienced by their female protagonists.

6. Rogers Writers’ Trust Finalists
October 24 2018 - 7:00 PM
The shortlisted authors of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize will appear in a panel discussion hosted and moderated by Becky Toyne.

7. In Conversation: Eden Robinson With Cherie Dimaline
October 24 2018 - 8:00 PM
Governor General Award-winning Métis writer Cherie Dimaline will interview author Eden Robinson, whose highly acclaimed Son of a Trickster was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

8. Double Interview: Randy Boyagoda & Rawi Hage
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Randy Boyagoda and Rawi Hage have both produced humorous novels that involve tragic themes and deal with issues of religion and crises of faith.

October 27 2018 - 3:00 PM
Eleanor Wachtel chats with acclaimed Hungarian author, translator, dramatist and visual artist András Forgách. Thirty years after the fall of communism in Hungary, Forgách investigated his family’s past only to discover that his mother was a spy for the Kadar regime who had informed on her family and friends. Forgách will elaborate on this story, as captured in his new novel The Acts of My Mother.

10. Double Interview: Esi Edugyan & Meg Wolitzer
October 27 2018 - 6:00 PM
The latest works from Esi Edugyan (who just got nominated for the Booker!) and Meg Wolitzer both address transformative relationships, revealing how one person’s influence can alter the stories of our lives.

There's also an event with Madeline Miller who wrote that hit book Circe. Some fantastic poetry events and slams, and some really special panels on the craft of writing. Not to mention book signings and sales. Oh! And they're doing some free mystery events at Union Station! It's going to be magical. I didn't go to the Toronto International Film Festival this year so I'm going to make up for that cultural deficit by essentially living at Harbourfront Centre from October 18 - 28. (Books rule, films drool! JKJK I love them both.) Plus, I'll be introducing a couple events and taking part in the delegate program, but more on that later.

I hope you can make it to TIFA this year!

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