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TORONTO, August 29, 2014 ----- IFOA is thrilled to announce the final 48 participants in the line-up for the 35th edition of the International Festival of Authors, which takes place October 23 to November 2, 2014, as well as its Patron and Supporter pre-sale details. Attendees of the Festival can enjoy literary talent from across the globe in a number of events, including readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews and free book signings.

The Festival’s 11-day line-up includes over 100 authors writing in genres from memoir to historical fiction, literary thriller to crime. Expect Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning authors David Bergen and Joseph Boyden; Canadian memoirists Julie Angus, George Fetherling, Catherine Gildiner and David Macfarlane; acclaimed Australian authors Tony Birch and Ellen van Neervan; debut novelists Emily Gould and Lee Henderson, and debut short story writer Eliza Robertson; host of CBC Radio’s Q, Jian Ghomeshi; prominent Chinese writers Tashi Dawa, Yan Li, Yucheng Jin and Zhanjun Shi; Cundhill Prize nominee Marla Miller and winner Stephen R. Platt; bestselling crime fiction authors Peter Robinson and Michael Robotham; celebrated Can Lit writers Martha Baillie, Ann Eriksson, Lee Maracle, Kate Pullinger, Claire Holden Rothman and Diane Schoemperlen; international sensations Jonas T. Bengtsson, Nicolás Casariego, Fuminori Nakamura and Gonçalo M. Tavares; literary thriller writers C.C. Humphreys, MarcelTheroux and Russell Wangersky; beloved Canadian storyteller Roch Carrier; the Humber School for Writers faculty members Kevin Barry, Wayson Choy, Karen Connelly, Valerie Martin and Nino Ricci; historical fiction authors Laila Lalami and Lois Leveen; popular Wattpad authors Emily Lindin and Anna Todd; Ukrainian writers Jars Balan, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and Bohdan Kordan; the honorable John Ralston Saul and respected Canadian journalist Peter C. Newman.

For a full list of announced names, please visit

IFOA is extending a pre-sale option for its Patrons and Supporters for all ticketed Festival events. Tickets for the 35th edition of the IFOA will be on sale for Patrons and Supporters on September 2, 2014 at 1pm, a full week in advance of the general public on-sale date of September 9. Patrons are allotted one free ticket to any event, and any additional tickets at the Supporter discounted price. Supporters have access to one ticket per event at the Supporter discounted price. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 416-973-4000. Check for event listings and details.

If you are not a Patron or Supporter, but would like to become one and take advantage of this great pre-sale, call 416-973-4760.

IFOA Supporter levels:

With a $57 one-year subscription or a $96 two-year subscription (HST included), you receive free admission to regular weekly readings, discounts on tickets to special events, a minimum discount of 10% for ticketed events at the Festival (certain exceptions apply) and special offers and promotions.

To help us support author travel and innovative youth programming, and be eligible for special promotional offers like the IFOA pre-sale, you may wish to consider becoming a Patron with a $500 annual contribution (HST included).

To support IFOA’s broad range of programming and benefit from behind-the-scenes IFOA experiences, please consider becoming a Patron with an annual contribution of $1,000/individual or $1,500/couple (HST included).

IFOA welcomes your support in maintaining the calibre of talent it brings to you. All donations of $25 and over are automatically issued a tax receipt.

All tickets are subject to availability. Events take place at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre: 207 & 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets to most events are $18/$15 Supporters and free for students and youth under the age of 25 (subject to availability). Some exceptions apply (please refer to individual event listings). The public may purchase tickets through the Harbourfront Centre Box Officeat 416-973-4000 or online at

For more information about IFOA and for programming updates, the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000.


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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