Hey all! This week’s show features an interview with Roland Gulliver, the new Director at the Toronto International Festival of Authors. The festival starts today! There’s all kinds of really interesting things happening – online, of course, but the spirit remains the same. Gulliver discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by putting together a festival in such unusual circumstances. Tune in!
Toronto International Festival of Authors
Got to spend last night having dinner with Sean Michaels and his excellent publicist Ruta from Penguin Random House. After that Sean and I were in conversation at the Hamilton Public Library, talking about his new book, The Wagers. It was a great time, and you’ll hear our chat on an upcoming episode.
This week we talk with Geoffrey Taylor. He’s stepping down as director of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, so we had one last conversation on the topic. The festival starts Oct 24 and runs through Nov 3.
Insert every cliche about time flying, etc., right here. It’s been almost two years since I started this humble podcast/radio show, and it’s been a trip. Who’d have thought I’d get to talk to so many amazing people? To celebrate, I’m going to start giving away some stuff! Before you delve into this week’s show, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and win some books.
The skill-testing question is…name me two guests that have been on the show (excluding this week, that’s too easy, hey?) and you can win a book. First come first serve! Here’s a list of titles:
Alan Bradley, The Golden Tresses of the Dead
Yvonne Blomer, Sugar Ride
Martina Scholtens, Your Heart Is The Size Of Your Fist
Melanie Hobson, Summer Cannibals
Eden Robinson, Trickster Drift
SJ Sindu, Marriage of a Thousand Lies
Dania Tomlinson, Our Animal Hearts
Dave Bidini, Midnight Light: A Personal Journey to the North
Melissa Kuipers, The Whole Beautiful World (x2)
Liz Harmer, The Amateurs
Clemantine Wamariya, The Girl Who Smiled Beads
The show! Amazing stuff. First up, Geoffrey Taylor, Director of the Toronto International Festival of Authors. If you haven’t experienced the IFOA yet, I highly recommend it. It starts today (which is October 18) and takes place, for the most part, and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
Next up is poet Chris Bailey, who splits his time between PEI and Hamilton (I know one’s a province and one’s a city, sorry for the lack of specificity). We had a great conversation about all sorts of things, including his debut collection, What Your Hands Have Done. Be sure to check it out. Cheers!
Back when I first started out on this “published author” gig, I got to travel to Midland, ON to be part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors. It was a travellin’ roadshow kinda deal, a reading featuring myself, Jowita Bydlowska, and Emily Saso. Emily and I swapped books and that’s how I discovered her amazing novel The Weather Inside. You should check it out if you have not already, and keep an eye out for new work from her. She is boss.