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Participants include Emma Donoghue, Eimear McBride and Colm Tóibín

TORONTO, July 2, 2014 ----- IFOA is thrilled to announce 20 additional participants in the 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors, which takes place October 23 to November 2, 2014. For 11 days this fall, the IFOA will present literary talent from across the globe in a number of events, including readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews and free book signings.

The Festival’s line-up currently includes over 70 authors writing in genres from literary fiction to thriller to poetry. Expect critically acclaimed Canadian novelists Caroline Adderson, David Bezmozgis, Charles Foran, Steven Galloway, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Michael Winter; Irish heavy hitters Sebastian Barry and Colm Tóibín; crime fiction specialists Jeffery Deaver and James Ellroy; international bestselling novelist Emma Donoghue; talented British author Esther Freud; award-winning South African writer Damon Galgut; the winner of the 2014 Poetry NOW competition, Catherine Graham; actress and debut novelist Anna Hope; Canadian-born French writer Nancy Huston; the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction winner, Eimear McBride; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson; celebrated Australian author Christos Tsiolkas; Scottish suspense expert Louise Welsh and many others.

More names will be announced soon—stay tuned!

Tickets to three special IFOA events go on sale today and can be purchased through or by phone at 416-973-4000:

Oct. 26Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction shortlist panel: $18
Oct. 27Governor General’s Literary Award for English-Language Fiction shortlist readings: $25
Oct. 29Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize shortlist readings: $18

Tickets to YoungIFOA, the annual children’s reading series held during the Festival, are also on sale now. Please call 416-973-4760 to see Robin Stevenson, Rebecca Upjohn and Renné Benoit, winners of this year’s Forest of Reading® Silver Birch® Fiction and Silver Birch® Express awards, on October 23, and Susin Nielsen, winner of the Red Maple™ Award, on October 24! Tickets are $5 (reading only) and $14 (with bookplate-making workshop).

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 or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000. Tickets to most IFOA events 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 ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 14–15, 2014).

Maeve O’; 416-973-5836
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