IFOA XXX: October 31
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IFOA XXX: October 31

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 Giller Prize shortlist. Illustration by Sasha Plotnikova/Torontoist.

Today’s Events
12 p.m. — Interview: R.O. Blechman and Seth by Sean Rogers (Brigantine Room)
12 p.m. — Reading: Annabel Lyon, Nikos Papandreou, Meaghan Strimas, Ian Weir (Lakeside Terrace)
1 p.m. — Round Table: Writing Scotland Now (Fleck Dance Theatre)
1 p.m. — Reading: Anne DeGrace, Elina Hirvonen, Olive Senior, Mary Tilberg (Studio Theatre)
2 p.m. — Discussion: Extraordinary Canadians (Brigantine Room)
4 p.m. — Round Table: New Writing Scotland (Fleck Dance Theatre)
4 p.m. — Reading: Don Gillmor, Jim Lynch, James W. Nichol, Claire Holden Rothman (Lakeside Terrace)
5 p.m. — Round Table: On Influencing and Being Influenced (Brigantine Room)
8 p.m. — Reading: Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists (Fleck Dance Theatre)
Time for the big finish, kiddies. Ten days, dozens of events, close to two hundred writers: IFOA is a big production, and today is its finale. If you have a thing for graphic novels then the noon interview with R.O. Blechman and Seth is a must. And if you have a thing for Canada, the 2 p.m. discussion of extraordinary Canadians—who are subjects of the Penguin-released series Extraordinary Canadians—is a great bet for the afternoon. Glenn Gould, René Lévesque, and Lucy Maud Montgomery are the fodder for today’s conversation—a suitably eclectic mix, much like Canada herself. But all of that is just preamble, really. For the past few years the International Festival of Authors has closed with a reading by the authors shortlisted for the Giller Prize, and the tradition continues tonight. The highest profile literary award in Canada yields up one of the highest profile readings of the year, and organizers are expecting a full house. We’ll be there, and hopefully you will too.