International Festival of Authors Ashton Osmak
Over 12 days (Oct 19 - 30) the International Festival of Authors runs over 70 events with more than 150 authors. Love authors but feel daunted by the sheer number or readings, interviews and round table talks? Fear not – let this list of must-sees be your guide.

Graphic novels
This year the Harbourfront Festival Prize is going to Canadian comic book legend, Seth. He’ll be on stage talking to Dan Clowes about the latter’s latest graphic novel on Friday October 21 at 8pm. Nova Scotian online comic phenomena, Kate Beaton and New Yorker humourist Patricia Marx will be interviewed together on Saturday October 29 at 4pm.

For lies, killings, kidnappings and all manner of intrigue you won’t want to miss Wednesday night’s reading (October 26). Ian Rankin will read from his new work, The Impossible Dead, alongside fellow Scots Stuart MacBride and Denise Mina plus Canadian author David Adams Richards.

Crime lovers might also dig Josh Knelman’s Hot Art. Catch Knelman read this story of international art thievery on Sunday, October 30th. Also, the Charles Taylor Prize for literary nonfiction celebrates its 10th year with a gala event on Saturday, October 28. Award winners Charles Foran and Richard Gwyn discuss their craft on stage with historian Margaret Macmillan and investigative journalist Stevie Cameron.

The headliner from the Canadian contingent is world renowned author, Michael Ondaatje. His interview on Saturday, October 29 at 2pm will surely sell out. That is, unless David Gilmour’s reading, also at 2pm on the 29th, steals the show.

Male singer-songwriters put down their guitars to talk books at this year’s Fest. Josh Ritter will discuss his debut novel, Bright’s Passage, on Saturday, October 22 at 5pm. Toronto-based artist Justin Rutledge chats with his author heroe, Guy Vanderhaeghe, about his racy new Western novel, A Good Man, on Sunday, October 30 at 4pm. Better known as host of CBC’s Q, die hard Jian Ghomeshi fans know he got his start making music. Catch Ghomeshi on stage with the author of A Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart, on Saturday, October 22 at 8pm.

In general, each weekday during the festival there are events at 8pm. On the weekend they start as early as 11am and as late as 8pm. All events take place at the Harbourfront Centre. Check out the full program at To reserve tickets call: 416-973-4000.

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  • Subtitle: Your guide to the international book fair
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