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It’s IFOA! (that’s the International Festival of Authors, for the uninitiated), and squillions of authors are in town to talk about their books. On Sunday afternoon, I had the great good fortune to sit up on stage and chat to four of them:

  • Samuel Archibald, whose story collection Arvida was recently shortlisted for the Giller Prize
  • Nick Cutter, whose latest novel is The Deep
  • Benjamin Percy, whose latest novel is The Dead Lands
  • Andrew Pyper, whose latest novel is The Damned

We talked about putting the things that scare you into words and story (hint: all four authors have young children), whether it’s scarier to spell it out or to keep it vague, and whether genre is dead, among other things.

Oh, and Stephen King came up quite a bit.

They were all thoroughly excellent chaps who have written thoroughly excellent books. All in all, a thoroughly excellent way to spend a late-October afternoon.


*Photo (l to r) Samuel Archibald, Nick Cutter, Becky Toyne, Andrew Pyper, Benjamin Percy
Pphotographer credit: / Tom Bilenkey

On Sept. 18, it was an honour to be asked to host the first event of the 40th season of readings at Harourfront Centre. Rebranded (I dig it) as IFOA Weekly, the event took place in front of a full-to-bursting house in the Brigantine Room. Why such a crowd? For Matt Galloway interviewing Joseph Boyden, that’s why.  Props to the Boyden fans who waited in line for 2 hours to get their books signed after the event.


From Oct. 18 to 28, it’s IFOA time (eye-eff-oh-eh!), or the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors if you want to be all verbose about it. The largest literary festival of its kind in North America, IFOA is like the TIFF of the book world, with A-list authors instead of A-list movie stars. Will power-couple hybrid names Spaldaatje or Raweleine catch on? Probably not, no. Besides, one of the greatest things about being a world famous author (I’m guessing) is that you are recognized for your words and not your wardrobe.

I’m a bit of an IFOA addict and will be there every day. I’m also tickled pink (hot pink…?) to be hosting six events at this year’s festival. They are:

I’ll also be on publicist duty for two great events featuring 2012 Writers’ Trust award nominees:

I’ll be doing a preview of what’s new and noteworthy about this year’s IFOA in my next Open Book: Toronto column.

Till then, check out the IFOA website for a full schedule of events and tickets.

Hope to see you there.

Tonight, I’m heading down to Harbourfront Centre for the beginning of what will be long but also extremely fun weekend of book festival overload at the International Festival of Authors (IFOA).

First up, I’ll be hosting a reading with Gary Barwin, Jennifer Haigh, Colson Whitehead and Sarah Winman on stage at the Lakeside Terrace.

Tickets available here.