Tonight at the IFoA: John Waters, Emma Donoghue, and a Whole Bunch of Authors

Tonight at the IFoA: John Waters, Emma Donoghue, and a Whole Bunch of Authors

The International Festival of Authors’ kicked into second gear last night with a pair of well-attended events. At the Fleck Dance Theatre the crowd heard Richard B. Wright and Alison Pick read from their latest novels while Dionne Brand read a pair of evocative linked poems and Michael Cunningham surprised attendees with a preview of his novel in progress, which he said he’d been working on in his hotel room earlier in the day. Over at the Brigantine Room moderator Bert Archer led a lively round-table discussion on seeing things through the eyes of fictional characters with Trevor Cole, Aryn Kyle, and Andrew O’Hagan. The authors were all treated to ego-gratifying line-ups at the signing tables afterwards.

Tonight in the Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West, 8 p.m.) filmmaker and author John Waters reads from his latest book, Role Models, and is interviewed by Richard Crouse, with The Excerpt’s poetry columnist Jacob McArthur Mooney doing the hosting duties. In the Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West, 8 p.m.) crime fiction writers R.J. Ellory and Jeff Lindsay give their fans a taste of their latest novels and then discuss the secrets of their nefarious trade with CBC’s Mary Hynes in an on-stage interview. A special licensed event happens in the Lakeside Terrace (235 Queens Quay West, 8 p.m.), with “literary lads” DBC Pierre, Dan Rhodes, and Wells Tower discussing their manly craft with moderator Richard Poplak, and at the Studio Theatre (235 Queens Quay West, 8 p.m.) Kevin Barry, Emma Donoghue, and Joshua Ferris discuss the age-old question “Where do you get your ideas?” with moderator Rachel Giese.

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.