The All Lit Up Inspire! alt-Preview! (aka: Life off the Main Stage)
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.See more details below
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.
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! 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.
A Decade in Independent Publishing: Biblioasis Celebrates Ten Years
Discovery Stage | Friday, November 14 | 10:00am–11:00am
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
Put That On Your Bookshelf: The World in Words
Discovery Stage | Friday, November 14 | 1:30pm-2:30pm
Guernica Editions Presents: Literature in Translation
Discovery Stage | Saturday, November 15 | 10:30am-11:30am
New books about old things, including historical fiction and memoir.
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.
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
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.
The future is now! (with these two novels and book of poetry). Indulge your inner futurist with these far-gazing works.
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).
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.
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.
Weddings and Woe: An Exploration of Marriage
Spark Stage | Friday, November 14 | 4:00pm-5:00pm
With Felicia Mihali ( A Second Chance).
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.
Put That On Your Bookshelf: Woman, Interrupted
Discovery Stage | Sunday, November 16 | 10:30pm-11:00am
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.
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.
Because who isn’t?
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.
Psst. We’ll also be there! Visit our booth #410 and #412 in the Marketplace, and say hi!
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