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Margaret Atwood

Weekend Roundup: January 13 to 16

Friday: Gaze in awe at The Blue Dragon (photo by Erick Labbe)

Friday, January 13
Follow the story of a Canadian expat in modern-day China and the two women in his life. Now at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Mirvish Productions presents The Blue Dragon, a stunningly staged display of drama and dance created by visionary theatre artists Robert Lepage and Marie Michaud.

Three of Disney’s darling princesses visit the Roger’s Centre at Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales. Treat the kids to an evening of magic to see Cinderella, Belle and Snow White – and the princes – and watch their favorite fairy tales unfold on stage.

Be sure to visit the AGO’s Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde exhibition before it closes on Sunday. The colourful works of Marc Chagall and his contemporaries trace a revolution in modern art movement that swept through Russia during the early 1900s.

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Hot Date: Ecological Lens

Margaret Atwood is the subject of Ron Mann's film, In the Wake of the Flood

OCTOBER 13 TO 17 The leaves may be changing colours, but we can still think green. This month, the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival returns to Toronto to showcase the rapid emergence of ecologically conscious cinema. Opening the festival is Ron Mann’s much-anticipated In the Wake of the Flood, which chronicles a unique book tour undertaken by Margaret Atwood to promote her enviro-apocalypse novel The Year of the Flood. Approximately 90 other films and documentaries are on view, including Liz Marshall’s Water on the Table, bringing environmental issues to the big screen. Various venues and times, tickets $15 to $22; call 416-968-3456 or visit here for further details.

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.