Sunday 30 October 2016

"Stories of Redemption", International Festival of Authors, Toronto, ON

Gord and I attended an event this afternoon at the International Festival of Authors (IFOA).

The 37th edition of Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is a celebration of words and ideas, of writers and readers. 

In 2016, IFOA welcomes over 200 Canadian and international participants to Toronto. The Festival brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, artist talks, round table discussions, public book signings and a number of special events. The IFOA takes place at the Harbourfront Centre, where the city meets the lake, from October 20th to the 30th.

Pen Canada keeps an empty chair to each event representing a writer imprisoned for their views. This is Azimjon Askarov of Kyrgyzstani, a writer and political activist who has been in jail since 2010 for his writings on human rights issues within his country.

The event was called Stories of Redemption.

Darren Greer, Anosh Irani and Cordelia Strube present multifaceted and diverse stories about redemption and returning to face the past and/or the truth.  

Sheniz Janmohamed was the host.

She introduced the three authors, who read from their latest books.

Darren Greer read from Advocate ... I recently read it
Anosh Irani read from The Parcel
Cordelia Strube read from
On The Shores of Darkness, There Is Light

Bert Archer was the moderator of the discussion, which was interesting.

It was an interesting discussion.

Their books were available for sale in the IFOA bookstore and the authors were there to sign their books there after the session.

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

The photos seem to capture some great energy on the stage. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the event!