Shalom Life | September 30, 2014

International Festival of Authors Expands Touring Program

IFOA Ontario will bring writers such as Yann Martel and Andrea Levy to cities across the province.

By: Miriam Cross

Published: September 13th, 2010 in Culture » Books » News

International Festival of Authors Expands Touring Program

A host of writers from the 31st International Festival of Authors will be touring Ontario this fall, as IFOA expands its traveling program to include festival events in 14 cities across the province.

Now in its fourth year, IFOA Ontario brings a taste of its events to communities across Ontario, including access to the Festival’s roster of acclaimed contemporary writers from around the globe.

This year, events will take place in Hamilton, London, Milton, Owen Sound, Picton, Port Hope, Sudbury and Windsor – all new additions to the list – as well as Barrie, Burlington, Midland, Orillia, Parry Sound, and Uxbridge.

Some authors of interest to the Jewish community include:

New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik has written Paris to the Moon and Through the Children’s Gate, and his latest novel, The Steps Across the Water, explores themes of identity and home through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl. He will be reading as part of IFOA Hamilton on Tues. Oct. 26.

Canadian-born, New York-based writer David Rakoff will also participate in IFOA Hamilton. Besides working as a freelance writer, Rakoff has published books of essays (the third of which, Half Empty, is due out this month) and acted in film and TV.

Andrea Levy, who was born in London to Jamaican parents and carries Jewish lineage from her father’s side, returns to her family’s homeland with her latest novel, The Long Song. She will be reading in Owen Sound on Wed. Nov. 3.

Criminal lawyer/writer Robert Rotenberg will join the IFOA Noir Round Table in Windsor on Fri. Nov. 5. His debut novel, OldCity Hall, became an international hit. Set in Toronto, it tells the story of a mysterious murder trial and travels through well-known Toronto locations, such as the Don Jail and Old City Hall itself.

Yann Martel, Can-lit icon and author of the lauded Life of Pi, will be interviewed by Charles Foran in Uxbridge on Sat. Oct. 30. His most recent novel, Beatrice & Virgil, received lukewarm reviews but remained on bestseller lists for months. It deals with Holocaust themes through a fantastical premise.

IFOA Ontario takes place Oct. 21 to Nov. 5. For more information, visit www.readings.org.

‘The Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers in ‘Jewish Heaven’ ‘The Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers in ‘Jewish Heaven’ TrendingAdam Levine is Covered With Cow Blood in New Creepy Music Video [VIDEO] Adam Levine is Covered With Cow Blood in New Creepy Music Video [VIDEO] TrendingAdam Lambert and Queen Announce U.K Arena Tour Adam Lambert and Queen Announce U.K Arena Tour Trending
 

Neo-Nazi Group Distributes anti-Semitic Flyers, Wants "Jews Out of Australia"

September 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Neo-Nazi Group Distributes anti-Semitic Flyers, Wants "Jews Out of Australia"

An Australian neo-Nazi group is distributing flyers in Sydney, again, that refer to Jews as the "world's foremost problem"

Read More

Jewish Anti-Israel Group Stage Blood Bucket Challenges Around Israel [VIDEO]

September 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Jewish Anti-Israel Group Stage Blood Bucket Challenges Around Israel [VIDEO]

The group "Jews Against Genocide" visited sites around Israel, including Yad Vashem, to protest Israeli policies

Read More

Netanyahu (Accurately) Compares Iran to Derek Jeter During UN Address

September 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Netanyahu (Accurately) Compares Iran to Derek Jeter During UN Address

"To say that Iran doesn't practice terrorism is like saying Derek Jeter never played shortstop for the New York Yankees"

Read More

Israeli Airlines May Introduce In-Flight WiFi

September 30, 2014 | By Itay Blumental
Israeli Airlines May Introduce In-Flight WiFi

El Al, Israir and Arkia can now allow passengers to use portable electronic devices throughout flight without switching to "airplane mode"

Read More

Jerusalem College Puts Haredi Men to Work....As Nurses

September 30, 2014 | By Ayala Young
Jerusalem College Puts Haredi Men to Work....As Nurses

The Jerusalem College of Technology has developed a nursing program specifically geared towards educating Ultra-Orthodox men

Read More

Israeli Teacher Arrested for Affiliation to ISIS

September 29, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Israeli Teacher Arrested for Affiliation to ISIS

The teacher was recently in Jordan, from which he brought back several materials connecting him to the Islamic State

Read More

Swedish Scientists Are Hiding Bob Dylan Lyrics in Scholarly Papers

September 29, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Swedish Scientists Are Hiding Bob Dylan Lyrics in Scholarly Papers

For almost 20 years, John Jundberg and Eddie Weitzberg have been competing to see who can hide more Dylan lyrics.

Read More

Netflix Releases Chelsea Handler Comedy Special Sneak Peek [VIDEO]

September 29, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Netflix Releases Chelsea Handler Comedy Special Sneak Peek [VIDEO]

'Uganda Be Kidding Me' Premieres on October 10th exclusively through Netflix.

Read More

More Headlines