The All Lit Up Inspire! alt-Preview! (aka: Life off the Main Stage)

November 13, 2014

If you’re at all familiar with All Lit Up, you know that we tend toward the quirky, the new, the different. Our unique Inspire! preview gives you the lowdown of not-to-miss sessions with some of our fantastic authors and publishers for almost every kind of reader: nine things and 19 events to be “Inspire!d” about, away from the Main Stage.

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The first-annual Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair starts tomorrow. Whether you’re looking to get in the spirit of the festival from afar, or simply know where to gather books for author signings: we’ve got you covered! With seven stages, nearly 200 booths and 300 authors, Inspire! is truly a fair of all things literary in Canada.

Now, if you’re at all familiar with All Lit Up, you know that we tend toward the quirky, the new, the different. Our unique Inspire! preview gives you the lowdown of not-to-miss sessions with some of our fantastic authors and publishers for almost every kind of reader: nine things and 19 events to be “Inspire!d” about, away from the Main Stage.

Inspire!d by: Indigenous Lit

From the Inspire! schedule: “The First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literary Circle will spotlight the diversity and creativity of Indigenous writers, storytellers and performers from across the country.” Plenty of All Lit Up authors will be representing; sharing Indigenous poetry, fiction, and YA novels.

First Nations, Métis & Inuit Literary Circle

Friday, November 14–Sunday, November 16 | 10:00am-6:00pm

Featuring appearances from:

Thoughts And Other Human Tendencies by Reneltta Arluk (BookLand Press)

Halfling Spring by Joanne Arnott (Kegedonce Press)

Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson (Coteau Books)

Grey Eyes by Frank Christopher Busch (Roseway Publishing)

Chaos Inside Thunderstorms by Garry Gottfriedson (Ronsdale Press)

The Comic Book War by Jacqueline Guest (Coteau Books)

What Became My Grieving Ceremony by Cara-Lyn Morgan (Thistledown Press)

Inspire!d by: Literary Publishers

Inspire! will fête several publishing houses at this year’s event, but we find it prudent to highlight Biblioasis, who are celebrating ten years of publishing cutting-edge books in their equally cutting-edge storefront (featuring signage by Seth!) in Windsor, Ontario. 

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A Decade in Independent Publishing: Biblioasis Celebrates Ten Years

Discovery Stage | Friday, November 14 | 10:00am–11:00am

Globe & Mail Books Editor Mark Medley in conversation with Biblioasis publisher Dan Wells, editor John Metcalf, and Biblioasis authors:

 

Inspire!d by: Different Languages

Canada is a nation of different voices, and all with great literature on offer. The following sessions highlight Québecois authors, stories from around the world, and a chat with the translators of Ontario’s Guernica Editions.

Quebeçois Literary Showcase

Discovery Stage | Friday, November 14 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

With Felicia Mihali and Louis-Philippe Hébert (author of The Sandcastle Diary).

 

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Put That On Your Bookshelf: The World in Words

Discovery Stage | Friday, November 14 | 1:30pm-2:30pm

With Byron Ayanoglu (author of  A Traveler’s Tale), Denis Sampson (author of A Migrant Heart), and Paul Savoie (author of  Nocturnes).

 

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Guernica Editions Presents: Literature in Translation

Discovery Stage | Saturday, November 15 | 10:30am-11:30am

With Guernica translators Antonio D’Alfonso, Pierre L’Abbé ( Palestine), Luisa von Flotow ( The Stalinist’s Woman), and Guernica Publisher and poet Michael Mirolla ( Light and Time).

 

Inspire!d by: History

New books about old things, including historical fiction and memoir.

 

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Jacqueline Guest: The Comic Book War

TD Children’s Stage | Friday, November 14 | 10:00am-10:30am

Jacqueline Guest reads from her Forest of Reading Red Maple-nominated book, The Comic Book War.

 

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Put That On Your Bookshelf: Writing About the Past

Spark Stage | Friday, November 14 | 2:30pm-3:00pm

A conversation between Binnie Brennan, Lisa Brown, and Christine Fischer Guy ( The Umbrella Mender).

 

Toronto Public Library Presents The Eh List Author Series: Martha Baillie

Discovery Stage | Saturday, November 15 | 12:30pm-1:30pm

With Martha Baillie, author of The Search for Heinrich Schlögel – named an Oprah “ Powerful book to read this September”. 

 

Catherine Gildiner: Coming Ashore

Discovery Stage | Saturday, November 15 | 1:30pm-2:00pm

With Catherine Gildiner, who recounts her days as Cathy McClure in this memoir.

 

Inspire!d by: Speculative Literature

The future is now! (with these two novels and book of poetry). Indulge your inner futurist with these far-gazing works.

 

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Put That On Your Bookshelf: Writing About the Future

Spark Stage | Friday, November 14 | 3:00pm-3:30pm

A conversation between Bertrand Laverdure ( Universal Bureau of Copyrights), Yvette Nolan ( The Unplugging), and Paul Vermeersch ( Don’t Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something).

 

Inspire!d by: Current Issues

After looking backwards and forwards, it might be refreshing to check in with the here-and-now. The following sessions feature the works of Canadian political cartoonist Aislin, and a conversation about bullying with author Deborah Ellis.

 

The World We Live In

Spark Stage | Friday, November 14 | 11:00am-12:30pm

With Terry Mosher (also known as Aislin), political cartoonist.

 

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Presents: Read to Remember

TD Children’s Stage | Friday, November 14 | 5:00pm-6:00pm

With Deborah Ellis, who talks about bullying and her book, We Want You to Know.

 

Inspire!d by: Contemporary Feminism

The unconventional heroines of these books are a refreshing refusal of female complacency. These sessions explore marriage, a lesbian relationship, and new fiction from avant-garde women writers.

 

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Weddings and Woe: An Exploration of Marriage

Spark Stage | Friday, November 14 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

With Felicia Mihali ( A Second Chance).

 

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Great Lives, Great Stories

Discovery Stage | Saturday, November 15 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

Natalie Meisner discusses her and her wife’s experiences being pregnant simultaneously in her memoir Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family; Malka Maron shares her biography, Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words.

 

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Put That On Your Bookshelf: Woman, Interrupted

Discovery Stage | Sunday, November 16 | 10:30pm-11:00am

Featuring a conversation with Alisha Piercy ( Bunny and Shark), Ursula Pflug ( Motion Sickness), and Phyllis Rudin ( Evie, the Baby and the Wife).

 

Inspire!d by: Illustrated Books

Children’s picture books and grown-up graphic novels alike!

 

George Murray: Wow Wow and Haw Haw

TD Children’s Stage | Sunday, November 16 | 11:00am-11:30am

Poet and children’s book author George Murray reads from his picture book Wow Wow and Haw Haw, illustrated by Michael Pittman.

 

Put That On Your Bookshelf: Picture This

Spark Stage | Sunday, November 16 | 11:30am-12:30pm

Featuring graphic novelists Michael Cho, Jon Paul Fiorentino ( Stripmalling), and George A. Walker.

 

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CANSCAIP Presents: Evan Munday

TD Children’s Stage | Sunday, November 16 | 4:00pm-4:30pm

Author and artist Evan Munday presents his Dead Kid Detective Agency series. The second book in the series, Dial M for Morna, was just nominated for the Forest of Reading’s Silver Birch Award.

 

Inspire!d by: Food

Because who isn’t?

 

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Barry C. Parsons: Rock Recipes

Piller’s Culinary Zone | Sunday, November 16 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Creator of RockRecipes.com, Barry Parsons shares mouth-watering, Newfoundland-inspired recipes from his new book of the same name.

 

 

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Psst. We’ll also be there! Visit our booth #410 and #412 in the Marketplace, and say hi!


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