Coach House at TIFA
Thank you to the Toronto International Festival of Authors for including so many of our authors this year!
To make sure you don’t miss any of these fantastic events, we put together a handy CHB TIFA schedule.
Join Any Night of the Week: A D.I.Y. History of Toronto Music, 1957-2001 author Jonny Dovercourt for this audio walking tour through Toronto’s most musical neighbourhoods. Episodes explore historic musical venues through revealing interviews paired with recordings of the sounds that shaped them. Dovercourt draws on over 20 years of experience as a veteran in the Toronto music community in this five-episode podcast.
Ian Williams, author Word Problems, joins A.F. Mortiz and Canisia Lubrin for an evening of poetry readings. Don’t this event featuring some of Canada’s best poets.
Lean in to a bold dialogue about the political movements and racial tensions that continue to rock the world this year and spark international debate. Dr. Cheryl Thompson (Uncle: Race, Nostalgia and the Politics of Loyalty) will provide a uniquely Canadian perspective on Black racism and institutional oppression, as demonstrated through her latest works of nonfiction. This perspective-shifting conversation will spotlight Black lived experiences and the societal consequences of staying the current trajectory.
Subverting fairy tales and superhero tropes will be on the forefront of this engaging double interview with writer and disability rights advocate Amanda Leduc (Disfigured: On Fairytales, Disability and Making Space), and author, poet and journalist Natalie Zina Walschots. Dive in to these authors’ new works and challenge your views of how disability is explored (or excluded) in these popular fiction genres.
Arts curator and producer Timea Wharton-Suri interviews Canadian choreographer Denise Fujiwara (Fujiwara Dance Inventions), about finding inspiration in literature. In this pre-recorded interview, Fujiwara will discuss her creative process, and how the poem “Eunoia” by Christian Bök inspired the choreographic language demonstrated in her work by the same name (which premiered at Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage in 2017). This event is part of the Choreo Chats series, exploring the potential relationships between dance and storytelling, and presented in partnership with Harbourfront Centre.
Keeping in touch, both figuratively and physically, is a challenge during times of isolation; while physical touch – and what we touch – is now a source of fear and anxiety for many. The Dutch phrase “skin hunger” has come to prominence in recent months, encapsulating these feelings. TIFA is proud to present Skin Hunger: a new writing commission featuring original works by internationally renowned writers, in reflection on what we’ve all felt and suffered during the COVID-19 crisis. Contributors will read their new work in these pre-recorded videos. Authors include Shokoofeh Azar, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Mieko Kawakami, Tyler Pennock, Meg Wolitzer, Ian Williams and more.