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October Hot Date: International Festival of Authors

CanLit icon Alice Munro (photo by Derek Shapton).

CanLit icon Alice Munro (photo by Derek Shapton).

OCTOBER 21 TO 31 The International Festival of Authors turns 30 by celebrating more than 50 top names in Canadian and global fiction and non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, children’s literature and everything in between. During 11 days of readings, panel discussions and book signings, catch CanLit staple Margaret Atwood (The Year of the Flood) and American novelist John Irving (Last Night in Twisted River) among others. The PEN Canada benefit gala has everyone buzzing—Man Booker International Prize winner Alice Munro (Too Much Happiness) talks with British publishing maven Diana Athill. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., $8 to $15 (free for students); call 416-973-4000 or visit here for more details.

BONUS! Simultaneously, on October 27, 29 and 30, the YoungIFOA takes place for wee ones who love to read. Book-making workshops and author events are part of the fete for kids in kindergarten to grade eight.

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