There are more than 60 events over the course of the 11-day Toronto International Festival of Authors, now in its 39th annual iteration. I’ve picked a few of my personal must-sees. There are plenty of others to choose from — to see what’s coming and to buy tickets, check out festivalofauthors.ca
Roddy Doyle interviewed by Emma Donohue
This marquee event has two of Ireland’s (and Canada’s) most popular storytellers in conversation. Doyle’s book Smile came out last year and he had been booked for the 2017 fest but had to cancel — many people have been waiting for this for a year.
Thurs. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto
Miriam Toews interviewed by Alissa York
Toews’ Women Talking has been on the bestseller list since it was released in August — it’s an important book in the midst of the #MeToo movement. Her conversation with Alissa York will be powerful.
Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
50th Anniversary of the Man Booker Prize: Marlon James
With 2015’s Booker winner, Jamaican author James, and appearances by past winners and nominees including Roddy Doyle and Jane Urquhart, this is a chance to hear from some of the greatest writers going.
Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre, Queen’s Quay Terminal