Becky Toyne is a freelance books columnist, editor, and publicist with more than 15 years experience in the UK and Canada. She has worked as an in-house editor at Random House in both countries, and as the head of communications for the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) in Toronto. For eight years, she was the publicist for the Writers’ Trust of Canada, handling public relations for the Trust’s program of ten national literary awards, a writers’ retreat, and two annual fundraisers.

Since 2010, Becky has been the “Should I Read It?” columnist for Day 6 on CBC Radio One, and has contributed to numerous CBC radio shows across Canada. A regular host and interviewer at festivals including the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) and Word on the Street, she has ainterviewed authors including David Chariandy, Andrew Pyper, Joseph Boyden, Claire Cameron, Camilla Gibb, and Roddy Doyle.

A past member of the PEN Canada board of directors, Becky also served for several years as a member of the Freedom to Read Week Freedom of Expression events committee.

Becky’s writing about books and authors has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Star, and on

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