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WHAT: Canada’s largest annual book festival and Toronto’s premier literary event, is set to thrill booklovers by welcoming the country’s newest and most celebrated authors and poets.


11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

WHERE: Harbourfront Centre

WHO:  The festival has something happening at all times during its seven hours for readers of every genre and age. Bestsellers Stage features a roster of best-selling literary talent including:

  • Linwood Barclay (Far from True),
  • Kenneth Oppel (Every Hidden Thing)
  • Gordon Korman (Masterminds: Criminal Destiny)
  • Lisa Moore (Flannery)
  • Steve Paikin (Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland after All)
  • Guy Gavriel Kay (Children of Earth and Sky),
  • Mona Awad (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl)
  • Neil Pasricha (The Happiness Equation)
  • André Alexis (The Hidden Keys).


Great Books Marquee is the place to be for the most exciting and dynamic books of this year and features literary personalities from across the country. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries creator
  • Steve Patterson, CBC Debatershost
  • Vivek Shraya, Pride Toronto Grand Marshall
  • Amy Stuart (Still Mine)
  • Iain Reid (I’m Thinking of Ending Things).


Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent presents amazing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry being produced by writers and publishers from our province. Look forward to talks from Ontario’s finest such as:

  • Jowita Bydlowska (Guy, Drunk Mom)
  • Chase Joynt (You Only Live Twice)
  • Marguerite Andersen (The Bad Mother) & Margaret Christakos (Her Paraphernalia: On Motherlines, Sex/Blood/Loss & Selfies discuss their books in relation to the theme: Not Your Mother’s Motherhood
  • 2016 Toronto Poetry Slam Team – Andre Prefontaine, Cody “Trick” Virag, Vulgar Words, & Justin Gordon will blow your mind with their word wizardry
  • The award-winning Toronto Youth Poetry Slam Team, and selected teen poets ages, 12-19. BAM! Team members include: Regan Campbell, Casey Garcia, Maymuna Mohamed, Faith Paré, and Jaylen Stark. From gritty rhyme-slingers to literary geniuses, individually they are masters of their craft; but together, they are the Megazord of spoken word poetry.


Under the Wordshop Marquee, programmed by the Humber School for Writers, festivalgoers can hear interesting talks on publishing. Contributors include:

  • Olga Filina & Carolyn Forde on What Literary Agents Are Looking For
  • Dominic Farrell and Kim Moritsugu, have their manuscripts evaluated by working Canadian editors,
  • Mona Awad, Ann Y.K. Choi, and Shari Lapena discuss Long Journeys to Publication
  • Cynthia Good, former head of Penguin Canada gives a lesson on How to Get Published.


The Nothing But The Truth Tent has content for non-fiction lovers. The day incorporates talks from:

  • John Semley and Soraya Roberts discussing their new books that chronicle and dissect two cult TV favourites, The Kids in the Halland My So-Called Life
  • Jay Pitter (editor of Subdivided) and Mohammad Abdul Qadeer (Multicultural Cities) discuss urban development and diversity
  • Teva Harrison and Kenneth Sherman, two authors diagnosed with cancer, delve into the deep connections between illness and creativity.

Genre Zone, new in 2016, is a must-attend destination for genre fans at the festival featuring all the best in Canadian science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror, and comic books highlighting:

  • Ian Keeling, Jason Taniguchi, and David Clink read from some of ChiZine’s latest publications: poetry, short story collections, and novels filled with invisible fairies, sea monsters, and shapeshifters
  • Chester Brown, comic book artist (Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus)
  • Jason Loo, Nathan Page, Drew Shannon, and Leisha Riddel, the people behind three of the most exciting new indie comics take the stage to discuss sad sack Toronto vigilantes, homages to teen sleuths, and feminist superheroes.


Sago Mini Children’s Activity Tent is the hub for creative crafts inspired by new children’s books and includes interactive presentations from:

  • Thao Lam (Skunk on a String) shows you how to make skunk balloons
  • Carey Sookocheff (Solutions for Cold Feet) makes socks puppets
  • Nadia L. Hohn (Malaika’s Costume) demonstrates colourful carnival masks.


Canadian Magazines Stage, an outdoor venue featuring readings and panel discussions among journalists and editors from leading Canadian print and online magazines.

  • Lauren McKeonleads a discussion with panelists Daniel Viola, Sheila Sampath, Priya Ramanujan,and Shawn Micallef on why independent media is now more important than ever and what role this form of journalism will play in the next fifty years
  • Randi Bergman, Tim Chan, and Tanya Watt, from Canadian fashion publications, talk about what is and what isn’t Canadian fashion with examples of designers and companies across the country.


Author Cruises features four 60-minute themed sailings on the beautiful Tall Ship Kajama.

  • Sweeping Romance’ with bestselling authors Jennifer Robson, Peter Behrens, and Katherine Govier;
  • Baseball Fever,’ featuring some of today’s best baseball authors Dan Robson, Morgan Campbell, and Stacey May Fowles


Cooks ‘n’ Books Stage returns with cooking demos and samples from the latest cookbooks from:

  • Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison (Batch)
  • Allison Day (Purely Pumpkin)
  • Jean Blacklock (The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook)
  • Rose Reisman (Rush Hour Meals)
  • Naomi Duguid (Taste of Persia)


TD Children’s Literature Stage houses some of Canada’s most renowned children’s authors. You’ll see illustrators present some of the best children’s books of 2016 with favourites:

  • Bill Slavin (Who Broke the Teapot?!)
  • Mahak Jain (Maya)
  • Susan Hughes (Maggie McGillicuddy’s Eye for Trouble)
  • Jael Richardson (The Stone Thrower)

For Full schedule of events, click here.


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