The written word – an element that unavoidably crosses our paths almost constantly. This year the International Festival of Authors, or the IFOA for short, is turning the spotlight on the written words of young and emerging authors exploring multiple genres, from memoir to thriller. Brave New World is the focus and it’s running from Saturday, October 26th through Sunday, November 3rd at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.
Here are some of the writers we’re looking forward to hearing from:
Krista Bridge is the author of The Virgin Spy, which was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the ReLit Award. She has been published in Toronto Life, Descant, Prism International and Prairie Fire. Her short fiction has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, and one of her stories was selected for the Journey Prize Anthology. Bridge presents her new novel, the Rogers Writers’ Trust-shortlisted, The Eliot Girls, about a fictional all-girls private school in Toronto. When Audrey Brindle, who has dreamed of attending for years, is finally admitted, she discovers that it is a place of betrayal, cruelty and injustice. – IFOA.ORG
Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in London, Ontario and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Betty Trask Prize and the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction. In 2010, she was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award. Catton presents her second novel, The Luminaries, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for English Fiction. Set in 1866 during New Zealand’s gold rush, this richly imagined story weaves together the fates and fortunes of an entire community, where everyone has something to hide. – IFOA.ORG
Shani Boianjiu was chosen by author Nicole Krauss as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” award winners. At the age of 18, she entered the Israel Defence Forces, and at 26, she is one of the youngest writers on Random House of Canada’s prestigious Bond Street Books list. Boianjiu will present her debut novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid, about young women in the Israel Defence Forces. Constantly preparing for a moment that may never arrive, they are perpetually waiting—for womanhood, orders, war, peace. – IFOA.ORG
Elizabeth Hay is the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Late Nights On Air, as well as three other award-winning works of fiction, Small Change, A Student of Weather and Garbo Laughs. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she has spent time in Mexico and New York City, and now lives in Ottawa. – IFOA.ORG
The IFOA plays a crucial role in Canadian culture, providing an international audience for the work of Canadian writers. Established in 1986, it’s one of the oldest divisions of Harbourfront Centre’s Literary Arts department. Programming runs from September to June with the international festival on annually, in October.
Direct from the IFOA Brave New World website, the schedule of incredible events for Brave New World is below.
Tickets range from FREE to $18 and all events are free to students and those under 25 years of age.
See you there!