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TORONTO, June 9, 2014 ----- IFOA is delighted to present a first look at the line-up for the 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors, October 23 to November 2, 2014. For 11 days this fall, the IFOA will showcase literary talent from across the globe in a number of events, including readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews and free book signings.

Every year, the IFOA devotes a number of events to authors and books within a particular focus. In 2014, they are pleased to present Remembering the Story: IFOA@35 Remembers the Great War, a special programme featuring works that explore the societal changes in Canada and around the world following WWI. Complementing this focus is a joint initiative between IFOA and Humber’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Representing World War I: Perspectives at the Centenary, a three-day academic conference to be held during the Festival (October 31 to November 2, 2014).

“Our Festival focus will provide attendees with a wide variety of viewpoints on and approaches to the impact of the Great War," says IFOA Director Geoffrey E. Taylor. “This year marks the First World War Centenary and the IFOA’s 35th anniversary, so while we remember this momentous historical event, we also have a chance to look back on our own legacy.”

The 2014 IFOA will afford audiences more opportunities than ever to meet their favourite authors and encounter new voices. The Festival currently boasts a line-up of over 60 authors writing in categories from literary fiction to historical non-fiction, poetry to horror. Expect bestselling Irish author John Boyne, acclaimed Canadian poet and novelist Dionne Brand, military historian Tim Cook, horror writer Nick Cutter, award-winning French writer Maylis de Kerangal, buzzed-about debut novelist Roxane Gay, prominent Slovenian author Drago Janc¨ar, RBC Taylor Prize winner Thomas King, Norwegian sensation Karl Ove Knausgård, celebrated Canadian novelist and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, debut short-story author Shelly Oria, talented memoirist Alison Pick, award-winning poet Adam Sol, Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated writer Kim Thśy, bestselling Aboriginal author Richard Wagamese, two-time Governor General’s Literary Award winner Rudy Wiebe and many more.

Additional names will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Available again this year is a Festival Flex Pass. This is a chance to purchase a bundle of 10 tickets for one low price of $120 (plus a service charge). Purchase a Festival Flex Pass to reserve tickets in advance without committing to specific performances, and save money! Tickets can be obtained over the phone or in person for any regular-priced event ($18) during the Festival in any combination, subject to availability.

For more information about the IFOA and for programming updates throughout the summer, the public may visit ifoa.orgor call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000. Tickets go on sale in September and are priced at $18/$15 for supporters/free for students and youth 25 and under (subject to availability). Some exceptions apply. Please refer to individual event listings.


Since its inception in 1974, IFOA has hosted over 8,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 21 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (October 23–November 2, 2014), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario, and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 14–15, 2014).

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