The IFoA Is Upon Us: Today at the Fest

The IFoA Is Upon Us: Today at the Fest

Last night’s Pen Canada benefit, which featured American author Richard Ford in conversation with CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel, kicked off the annual International Festival of Authors. This year’s edition of the IFoA, the 31st, is full of familiar names, old timers, newbies, and up-and-comers, with Jonathan Franzen’s (now sold out) appearance on October 28th being the biggest attention getter. The Star has its pick for the 11 most intriguing events here, while the Globe has ongoing coverage here, and the Post supplies a Festival preview here.

The theme of this year’s fest is Noir fiction, with plenty of detective and mystery novelists in town to read from their latest works and to opine on the genre in roundtable discussions. Why Noir? Here’s the official statement: “In response to the millions of readers who can’t get enough of crime fiction, thrillers and mystery novels, IFOA highlights these nail-biting genres as part of this year’s IFOA Noir programming focus.” Harbourfront Centre has a full IFoA schedule posted to help you plan out your itinerary. Regular tickets are $18, free to students under the age of 24 with appropriate ID, but it’s always best to check online if you haven’t bought tickets in advance.

Tonight is the first night of regular programming. At 8 p.m. at the Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), novelists Dionne Brand, Michael Cunningham, Alison Pick, and Richard B. Wright will read from their latest works. The event is hosted (nepotism alert!) by your humble book site editor and includes a door prize of $500 worth of new books (donated by House of Anansi Press). Over at the Brigantine Room (York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West), a roundtable event features Trevor Cole, Aryn Kyle, and Andrew O’Hagan discussing time and place as it impacts their fictional characters with moderator Bert Archer (8 p.m.).