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International Festival of Authors’ Lit On Tour Returns to Communities across Ontario This Fall

For the eleventh year, Lit On Tour, an initiative of Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA), partners with libraries, bookstores, universities and community organizations across the province to present the world’s best writers of contemporary literature. Events include readings, interviews, round table discussions and public book signings.

Lit On Tour will travel to nineteen locations: Owen Sound (October 3), Aurora (October 11), Orillia (October 14), Etobicoke (October 17), Midland (October 19), Woodstock (October 19), Burlington (October 20),  Windsor (October 21), Stratford (October 22), Scarborough (October 25), Parry Sound (October 26), Markham (October 27), Bayfield (October 28), Thunder Bay (October 30), St. Catharines (November 3), London (November 8), Keswick (November 9), Sutton (November 9) and Peterborough (November 23).



Chantel Acevedo, Ted Barris, Gary Barwin, Gwen Benaway, Mark Billingham, Liona Boyd, Hugh Brewster, Steve Burrows, Janie Chang, Catherine Chidgey, Devon Code, Kia Corthron, Michael DeForge, B. Denham Jolly, Farzana Doctor, Roddy Doyle, Terry Fallis, Shawn Hitchins, Helen Humphreys, Francis Itani, Rachel Manley, Bianca Marais, Siân Northey, Grace O’Connell, Jean E. Pendizwol, Sylvain Prudhomme, Peter Robinson, Diane Schoemperlen, Vivek Shraya, Kean Soo and Kathleen Winter will be touring Ontario to talk about their latest works and literary careers.

Lit On Tour has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. Lit On Tour has also been made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council‘s Touring Projects Program and the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

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Reflections on IFOA Midland 2016

We asked Jennifer Kerr, Assistant Manager of the Midland Cultural Centre, to reflect on IFOA Ontario programming and its benefit to the Midland community! Here is what she had to say:


What is your favourite aspect of the Lit On Tour programming?
When you live in a relatively small town, it can sometimes feel like you’re missing out on those cultural activities that seem so commonplace in larger cities. The great thing about Lit On Tour programming is that it helps close this gap by bringing a piece of the city and the International Festival of Authors to us.


How did the community enjoy the reading?
Most often, the participating authors are not those who would usually pass through Midland on a book tour; having these authors read here introduces our local audience to literature and narratives they may not have otherwise been exposed to.

We’ve been fortunate to host IFOA Midland for a couple years. After each event the audience is always buzzing. There is no clearer indication of a well-executed event than hearing the audience discuss the authors and the readings as they’re leaving the venue; everyone excited to add this latest work to their TBR pile.


Why do you think cultural programming, like IFOA Ontario, is so important to our communities?
Cultural programming is important to promoting a well-informed and vibrant community. IFOA Ontario and the Lit On Tour programs inspire those who attend. Perhaps they are moved to defend freedom of expression by signing a petition presented by PEN Canada, maybe they will pick up a book outside of their usual genre, or perhaps they’ll just be inspired to attend similar events within their home communities and perpetuate cultural development by being an active participant in cultural pursuits. The world needs cultural programming to encourage interaction with each other, to learn from one another and to experience all the world has to offer.

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Lit On Tour Preliminary Lineup

We are excited to announce that André Alexis, Nina Bunjevac, Jowita Bydlowska, Gary Barwin, Liam Card, Chris Chambers, Lisa de Nikolits, Sunila Galappatti, Peter Geye, Takashi Hiraide, John Jantunen, Amy Jones, Joseph Kertes, Lynne Kutsukake, Andy McGuire, Donna Morrissey, Steven Price, Iain Reid, Nino Ricci, Robert Rotenberg, Emily Saso, Olive Senior, Kate Taylor, Nathan Whitlock, Jacob Wren, and Alissa York  are touring Ontario this Fall!

Check out their event locations.
Do not forget to buy your tickets.



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