CBC Meets IFoA

CBC Meets IFoA

Today is CBC Day down at the International Festival of Authors. All of today’s readings, interviews, and round table events will contain a CBC component, in the form of a CBC staffer playing the part of interviewer or moderator. Highlights from this afternoon include prodigious author and Canadian icon Farley Mowat in conversation with As It Happens host and author Carol Off (Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, 2 p.m.), and for all of you graphica fans out there Charles Burns, Dylan Horrocks, and Seth talk about their latest projects in a round table discussion moderated by the CBC’s Bob Mackowycz (Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, 3 p.m.). If you missed Emma Donoghue last night , she will be reading along wtih Kevin Barry, Michael Lista, and Alissa York at the Studio Theatre (235 Queens Quay West, 3 p.m.), with Kyle Buckley hosting. And fans of Eleanor Wachtel’s excellent Writers & Company program should head down to the Fleck Dance Theatre at 4 p.m. for a celebration of the show’s 20th anniversary with special guests Dionne Brand, Margaret Drabble, Deborah Eisenberg, and Andrew O’Hagan.

All the venues will be abuzz tonight—if only one could be in four places at the same time. At the Brigantine Room at 8 p.m., the IFoA’s Noir program presents mystery authors Len Gasparini, Louise Penny, Peter Robinson, and Lisa Scottoline reading from their latest books, with the CBC’s Bob Macdonald hosting. The Fleck Dance Theatre hosts authors David Bergen, M.T. Kelly, Claudio Magris, and Karl Marlantes doing a group reading with host Steven D’Souza (8 p.m.) while CBCer Nora Young hosts Louise Doughty, Joshua Ferris, Paolo Giordano, and Matthew Tierney over at the Studio Theatre (8 p.m.). And for those of you who like a little music with your words, the Lakeside Terrace (235 Queens Quay West, 9 p.m.) is the site for a special event in honour of the JUNO Awards, which will be held in Toronto in 2011. On hand will be Karen Bliss, Nick Krewen, and Jason Schneider, co-authors of a new book on the JUNOs entitled Music from Far and Wide: Celebrating 40 Years of the JUNO Awards. The event is hosted and moderated by Jian Ghomeshi and features appearances by Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, singer-songwriter Dan Hill, and musician Emm Gryner.

For ticket information and a full IFoA schedule go here. Regular tickets are $18, free to students under the age of 24 with appropriate ID, but it’s best to check online if you haven’t bought tickets in advance.