IFOA XXX: October 30
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IFOA XXX: October 30

Every morning during the International Festival of Authors we’ll be previewing the day’s events and making our picks for the ones that seem most promising.

The literary stylings of Broken Social Scene. Illustration by Sasha Plotnikova/Torontoist.

Today’s Events
8 p.m. — Non-Fiction Night: Tim Cook, Dani Couture, Lorna Crozier, Graeme Gibson (Brigantine Room)
8 p.m. — Interview: Anne Murray by Michael Posner (Fleck Dance Theatre)
8 p.m. — Round Table: On Getting it Done (Lakeside Terrace)
8 p.m. — Reading: Lisa Foad, Jen Hadfield, Sarah Hall, Jean McNeil, Michael Thomas (Studio Theatre)
10 p.m. — Discussion: This Book is Broken (Lakeside Terrace)
After spending the better part of our week swimming in the exotic, sometimes brooding, always transporting world of fiction, it can be nice to have a brisk refresher in the form of a return to reality—and that is the theme of our IFOA picks for today. Nothing is more real than war, and that is where we shall begin: Charles Taylor Prize–winning Tim Cook reads from Shock Troops, which examines Canadian fighting forces during several seminal conflicts. On the bill with him is Graeme Gibson, who will keep with the adversarial theme but move into a different kingdom; his book, The Bedside Book of Beasts looks at the fraught encounter between prey and predator.
And because that’s rather a heavy slate, you can take the edge off by following it up with some reportage of a slightly more congenial kind: a discussion of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Canadian indie-rock outfit Broken Social Scene. Members and former members of BSS will be talking to This Book is Broken author Stuart Berman. Pitter patter goes your heart.