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Now in its seventh year, IFOA Ontario (presented by Lit on Tour) is the spectacular annual literary festival that brings some of the best writers from Canada and around the world to bookstores, libraries and communities across Ontario. That's 28 Canadian and international authors, 14 Ontario locations and 16 incredible days. Writers such as Catherine Bush, Margaret Drabble, Vincent Lam and Annabel Lyon have been invited to locations from Windsor to Parry Sound to Thunder Bay and everywhere inbetween, and the best part is that these authors are just as excited to make the journey to these unique cities and towns as we are to host them. IFOA Ontario 2013 runs from October 19 to November 3.

Lit on Tour also presents Write Across Ontario, a youth writing competition that invites students to submit stories written in response to story starters written by some of our favourite authors.

Stay with Open Book throughout the month of October as we Focus On: IFOA Ontario, bringing you author interviews, comprehensive event listings and contests galore for books by participating authors and tickets to individual events.

IFOA Ontario News

Book Giveaway! Win Books and Tickets for IFOA Thunder Bay

Contests, contests, contests! Open Book: Ontario is giving away tickets and books for each of the IFOA Ontario events. These are some of the hottest Canadian and international titles to hit the shelves this year, so don't miss your chance to take home a stack of books and free tickets to see these authors live. For contest announcements, author features and complete coverage of this year's festival, visit our Focus On: IFOA Ontario page.

Today's giveaway celebrates IFOA THUNDER BAY. Enter to win a copy of The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam and Studio Saint-Ex by Ania Szado, plus two tickets to see them read in Thunder Bay on November 3 along with Robert J. Sawyer. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Thunder Bay." Contest closes October 30.

Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Annabel Lyon

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Open Book hears from award-winning author Annabel Lyon, who will be reading from The Sweet Girl (Random House Canada), her latest novel that brings to life the world of Ancient Greece. In The Sweet Girl, readers meet Pythias, the fiery and intelligent daughter of Aristotle who, after her father?s death, begins to question and rebel against the rigid systems that threaten her independence. Look for Annabel in Bayfield on Sunday, October 27 and in Toronto on Tuesday, October 29. Visit our Events page for details.

For more information about IFOA Ontario, visit our IFOA Ontario Page.





Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Ann Ireland

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Open Book hears from bestselling author Ann Ireland, who will be reading from her latest novel, The Blue Guitar (Dundurn Press), about the on-stage nerves and backstage trials of the hopefuls attending The International Classical Guitar Competition in Montreal. See Ann in Bayfield on Sunday, October 27 and in Toronto on Tuesday, October 29. Visit our Events page for details.

For more information about IFOA Ontario, visit our IFOA Ontario Page.





Book Giveaway! Win Books and Tickets for IFOA Markham

Contests, contests, contests! Open Book: Ontario is giving away tickets and books for each of the IFOA Ontario events. These are some of the hottest Canadian and international titles to hit the shelves this year, so don't miss your chance to take home a stack of books and free tickets to see these authors live. For contest announcements, author features and complete coverage of this year's festival, visit our Focus On: IFOA Ontario page.

Today's giveaway celebrates IFOA MARKHAM. Enter to win Three Souls by Janie Chang, The Empty Room by Lauren B. Davis and The Widow Tree by Nicole Lundrigan, plus two tickets to see them read in Markham on November 1 along with Margaret Drabble. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Markham." Contest closes October 28.

Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Robert Rotenberg

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Called "Canada's John Grisham," Robert Rotenberg has been using his experience as a Toronto criminal lawyer to pen his renowned Detective Greene crime novels, which depict the city in all its gritty familiarity. His latest novel, Stranglehold (Simon & Schuster), finds the detective himself accused of murder as Toronto prepares for a mayoral election.

Robert will be reading at IFOA Kitchener with Thomas Enger on Friday, October 25. Visit our Events page for details.

For more information about IFOA Ontario, visit our IFOA Ontario Page.

Book Giveaway! Win Books and Tickets for IFOA Midland

Contests, contests, contests! Open Book: Ontario is giving away tickets and books for each of the IFOA Ontario events. These are some of the hottest Canadian and international titles to hit the shelves this year, so don't miss your chance to take home a stack of books and free tickets to see these authors live. For contest announcements, author features and complete coverage of this year's festival, visit our Focus On: IFOA Ontario page.

Today's giveaway celebrates IFOA MIDLAND, which features finalists for the Roger's Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Enter to win The Eliot Girls by Krista Bridge and Hellgoing by Lynn Coady, plus two tickets to see them read in Midland on October 29 along with Cary Fagan and Lisa Moore. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Midland." Contest closes October 25.

Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Catherine Bush

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Toronto's own Catherine Bush joins us to talk about her much-anticipated new novel, Accusation (Goose Lane Editions). Set in Ethiopia, Australia and Toronto (including a juggling scene along the 401), this is the story of Sara Wheeler, a Canadian journalist who chances to meet Raymond Renaud, the founder of an Ethiopian children's circus. When Raymond is accused of mistreating the children in his care, Sara finds herself drawn to his plight, compelled by the strange connection she feels to him and by her own past experience with accusation.

Catherine will be reading with Perrine Leblanc and Kim Scott in Woodstock on Wednesday, October 23. You can also hear her read from Accusation at IFOA Toronto on Saturday, October 26 and Friday, November 1. Visit our Events pages for details.

For more information about IFOA Ontario, visit our IFOA Ontario Page.



Book Giveaway! Win Books and Tickets for IFOA Creemore and IFOA Bayfield

Contests, contests, contests! Open Book: Ontario is giving away tickets and books for each of the IFOA Ontario events. These are some of the hottest Canadian and international titles to hit the shelves this year, so don't miss your chance to take home a stack of books and free tickets to see these authors live. For contest announcements, author features and complete coverage of this year's festival, visit our Focus On: IFOA Ontario page.

Today's giveaways celebrate IFOA Creemore and IFOA Bayfield.

IFOA CREEMORE: Enter to win Janet E. Cameron's Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World, Lewis DeSoto's The Restoration Artist, Sam Lipsyte's The Fun Parts and Nicole Lundrigan's The Widow Tree, plus two tickets to see them read in Creemore on October 26. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Creemore." Contest closes October 24.

IFOA BAYFIELD: Enter to win Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo, Ann Ireland's The Blue Guitar and Annabel Lyon's The Sweet Girl, plus two tickets to see them read in Bayfield on October 27. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Bayfield." Contest closes October 24.

IFOA Ontario: The Recommended Reads, Part 2

By Ginger Pharand

Lit on Tour presents IFOA Ontario 2013!

It's that time of year when the sweaters come out, the apples come down and the authors come to town! IFOA Ontario brings you an amazing lineup again this year: 28 Canadian and international authors, 14 Ontario locations and 16 incredible days.

Because there was just too much goodness to fit on one page, here is our second list of must-read books being presented by this year's IFOA Ontario writers. Canadian writers will shine with such titles as Guy Gavriel Kay's epic River and Stars and Ania Szado's stunning foray into the glamour of 1940s Manhattan, Studio Saint-Ex. Dame Margaret Drabble will be on hand to discuss her latest book, The Pure Gold Baby, and Kim Scott comes all the way from Australia to read from his novel of first contact, That Deadman Dance. And so much more! Two dozen other writers will be reading and signing and talking to crowds around Ontario from October 19th to November 3rd.

Keep up with all the IFOA Ontario happenings on Open Book's Focus On: IFOA Ontario page.


Book Giveaway! Win Books and Tickets for IFOA Kitchener and IFOA Owen Sound

Contests, contests, contests! Open Book: Ontario is giving away tickets and books for each of the IFOA Ontario events. These are some of the hottest Canadian and international titles to hit the shelves this year, so don't miss your chance to take home a stack of books and free tickets to see these authors live. For contest announcements, author features and complete coverage of this year's festival, visit our Focus On: IFOA Ontario page.

Today's giveaways celebrate IFOA Kitchener and IFOA Owen Sound.

IFOA KITCHENER: Enter to win Thomas Enger's Pierced and Robert Rotenberg's Stranglehold.
They'll be reading in Kitchener on October 25. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Kitchener." Contest closes October 22.

IFOA OWEN SOUND: Enter to win Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars plus two tickets to see him read in Owen Sound on October 26. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Owen Sound." Contest closes October 22.

Book Giveaway! Win Books and Tickets for IFOA Parry Sound and IFOA Woodstock

Contests, contests, contests! Open Book: Ontario is giving away tickets and books for each of the IFOA Ontario events. These are some of the hottest Canadian and international titles to hit the shelves this year, so don't miss your chance to take home a stack of books and free tickets to see these authors live. For contest announcements, author features and complete coverage of this year's festival, visit our Focus On: IFOA Ontario page.

Today's giveaways celebrate IFOA Parry Sound and IFOA Woodstock.

IFOA PARRY SOUND: Enter to win a copy of Lewis DeSoto's The Restoration Artist, Nicole Lundrigan's The Widow Tree and Alexander Maksik's A Marker to Measure Drift. They'll be reading with Janet E. Cameron in Parry Sound on October 23. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Parry Sound." Contest closes October 21.

IFOA WOODSTOCK: Enter to win Catherine Bush's Accusation, Perrine Leblanc's Kolia and Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance, plus two tickets to see them read with Krista Bridge in Woodstock on October 23. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Woodstock." Contest closes October 21.

Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Lewis DeSoto

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Open Book hears from bestselling author Lewis DeSoto, whose first novel, A Blade of Grass, was longlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Prix du Meilleur Livre ├ętranger. Born in South Africa, he immigrated to Canada in his teens. He will be reading from his latest novel, The Restoration Artist (Harper Collins Canada) in Parry Sound on Wednesday, October 23, in Creemore on Saturday, October 26, and in Toronto at IFOA Harbourfront on Sunday, October 27. Visit our Events page for details.

For more information about IFOA Ontario, visit our IFOA Ontario Page.





IFOA Contests! Win Books and Tickets for IFOA Burlington and IFOA London

Contests, contests, contests! The first event of the amazing IFOA Ontario festival for 2013 is only days away. Over the next ten days, Open Book: Ontario will be giving away tickets and books for each of the IFOA Ontario events. These are some of the hottest Canadian and international titles to hit the shelves this year, so don't miss your chance to take home a stack of books and free tickets to see these authors live. For contest announcements, author features and complete coverage of this year's festival, visit our Focus On: IFOA Ontario page.

Today's giveaways celebrate IFOA Burlington and IFOA London.

IFOA BURLINGTON: Enter to win a copy of Paikin and the Premiers by Steve Paikin, plus two tickets to see him read in Burlington on October 21. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA Burlington." Contest closes October 18.

IFOA LONDON: Enter to win a copy of The Once and Future World by J. B. MacKinnon, plus two tickets to see him read in London with Andrew Steinmetz on October 22. To enter, send an email with your full name and address to [email protected] with the subject heading "IFOA London." Contest closes October 20.

Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Janet E. Cameron

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Open Book catches up with author Janet E. Cameron, who joins us all the way from Ireland to read from Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World (Hachette). You can find her in Parry Sound on Wednesday, October 23, and in Toronto and Creemore on Saturday, October 26. Visit our Events page for details.

For more information about IFOA Ontario, visit our IFOA Ontario Page.





Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Nicole Lundrigan

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Open Book catches up with author Nicole Lundrigan, who will be reading from The Widow Tree (Douglas & McIntyre) in Parry Sound on Wednesday, October 23, in Creemore on Saturday, October 26, and in Markham on Friday, November 1. Visit our Events page for details.

For more information about IFOA Ontario: Parry Sound, Creemore, or Markham, visit our IFOA Ontario Page.




Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Alexander Maksik

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Open Book hears from critically acclaimed writer Alexander Maksik, whose first novel, You Deserve Nothing, was published internationally and is being translated into seven languages. Alexander joins IFOA Ontario to read from his newest book, A Marker to Measure Drift (Bond Street Books), in Parry Sound on Wednesday, October 23.

Alexander will be joined by Janet E. Cameron, Lewis DeSoto and Nicole Lundrigan. For more information about IFOA Ontario: Parry Sound, visit our Events Page.

IFOA Ontario: The Recommended Reads

By Ginger Pharand

Lit on Tour presents IFOA Ontario 2013!

It's that time of year when the sweaters come out, the apples come down and the authors come to town! IFOA Ontario brings you an amazing lineup again this year: 28 Canadian and international authors, 14 Ontario locations and 16 incredible days. Canada is represented by some of our very finest, from Joseph Boyden?s epic novel The Orenda to Eleanor Catton?s thrilling New Zealand gold town mystery, The Luminaries. And the international writing scene is present in such talent as the Nordic noir of Thomas Enger and the madcap brilliance of American Sam Lipsyte. But it?s not only fiction writers at IFOA Ontario. Journalist Steve Paikin will be presenting his fascinating walk through the history of Ontario politics with Paikin and the Premiers. And so much more! Two dozen other writers will be reading and signing and talking to crowds around Ontario from October 19th to November 3rd.

With too much literary goodness for one list, this is only the first of two Recommended Reads for IFOA Ontario this season. Hurry and move these titles up on your To Be Read stack because we?ll be back before the month is out with another 14 books and authors you won?t want to miss!

Keep up with all the IFOA Ontario happenings on Open Book's Focus On: IFOA Ontario page.


Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Steve Paikin

IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Open Book catches up with writer and broadcast journalist Steve Paikin, who will be reading from Paikin and the Premiers (Dundurn Press) in Burlington on Monday, October 21.

For more information about IFOA Ontario: Burlington, visit our Events Page.

Focus On: IFOA Ontario!

Now in its seventh year, IFOA Ontario (presented by Lit on Tour) is the spectacular annual literary festival that brings some of the best writers from Canada and around the world to bookstores, libraries and communities across Ontario. That's 28 Canadian and international authors, 14 Ontario locations and 16 incredible days. Writers such as Catherine Bush, Margaret Drabble, Vincent Lam and Annabel Lyon have been invited to locations from Windsor to Parry Sound to Thunder Bay and everywhere inbetween, and the best part is that these authors are just as excited to make the journey to these unique cities and towns as we are to host them. IFOA Ontario 2013 runs from October 19 to November 3.

Lit on Tour also presents Write Across Ontario, a youth writing competition that invites students to submit stories written in response to story starters written by some of our favourite authors.

Stay with Open Book throughout the month of October as we Focus On: IFOA Ontario, bringing you author interviews, comprehensive event listings and contests galore for books by participating authors and tickets to individual events.

Attention Student Writers: Announcing the 2013 Write Across Ontario Contest

IFOA Ontario & Open Book: Ontario present a writing competition for students

IFOA Ontario and Open Book: Ontario are thrilled to present Write Across Ontario, a creative writing competition for middle grade and high school students across the province. Students in grades 5 to 12 will write a story using the story-starter provided for their age group by one of four well-known authors. This year, Kevin Sylvester has provided the story-starter for grades 5?6, Richard Scrimger has written one for grades 7?8, Lesley Livingston has written one for grades 9?10 and Dionne Brand has created the story-starter for grades 11?12. The story-starter is used as a place for students to begin their story, but where the story goes from there is in the hands of each individual.

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