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IFOA 2015: In Conversation with Lawrence Hill


Although he had written two books before, author Lawrence Hill broke out onto the literary scene in a big way in 2007 with his historical fiction novel The Book of Negroes. That story has taken on a life of its own, still retaining a spot on the bestsellers list eight years later. Hill is back with his latest The Illegal, the story of an elite marathon runner who becomes a political refugee, and recently took part in a reading and interview as part of this year’s International Festival of Authors at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair 2014 – Day 1


Toronto is a city that continues to have a ravenous love affair with books. In autumn, when the year-end book award season begins, one can find events suited to every taste and authors are treated like rock stars. In an already-crowded field, a new event has arrived on the scene that is sure to become a welcome addition. The INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair is a multi-day expo with the goal of connecting readers directly with their favourite authors and the publishers. It has a larger international focus than some of the other events of the season, which tend to focus more on Toronto and Canadian authors. This brings another level of excitement to readers, as it will include more well-known, best-selling authors who don’t typically come to this city.

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair 2014 – Day 2


Saturday, November 15th brought Day 2 of the INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair. With it being the weekend, and with the headlining authors scheduled to appear, there was anticipation for larger crowds. On tap for the day were best-selling authors Deborah Harkness, Anne Rice, William Gibson, Kathy Reichs, and Margaret Atwood, discussing their latest works on the Main Stage. The publisher and vendor booths also brought a wide-range of programming to visitors at the various stages and across the show floor.

Word on the Street Festival 2014


Queen’s Park Circle once again saw the return of The Word on the Street Festival on Sunday, September 21st. This year marked the 25th Anniversary of the event, one that has grown leaps and bounds over the years. Bringing together publishers, book sellers, magazines, newspapers, and authors, the festival aims to unite readers of all kinds in an effort to promote literacy and learning through our collective love of stories. Early morning thunderstorms threatened to put a damper on the day’s events, but in the end, the festival was treated with blue skies and sunshine that made for the perfect day to enjoy the many offerings on hand.

Keep Toronto Reading Festival 2014


Every spring, for the month of April, the Toronto Public Library encourages the city share in their love of reading by making a One Book selection. Upon reading the book, Torontonians are asked to participate in discussions and events relating to the book at various library branches and locations around the city as a way to engage the audiences and to foster the love of reading.