New Lit Up fes­ti­val hits Toronto

North York Post - - Arts -

The In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Au­thors and the Toronto Arts Coun­cil have teamed up to present Toronto Lit Up, a se­ries of events over the next few months that show­cases some of Canada’s bright­est po­ets and novelists.

The ini­tia­tive will pro­vide Cana­dian artists with a plat­form to show off their work while giv­ing fans and read­ers an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about Toronto-based au­thors.

Be­gin­ning on March 16, the events will run weekly un­til June 22 and fea­ture book launches from au­thors such as Trevor Cole and Kerry Clare. On April 26, award­win­ning Toronto nov­el­ist Bar­bara Gowdy will be launch­ing her hotly an­tic­i­pated new book, Lit­tle Sis­ter.

The novel tells the story of a woman who can en­ter the mind and body of another woman dur­ing thun­der­storms.

“As women, we all want to know how other peo­ple are feel­ing and what they’re think­ing, so I thought that this would be like read­ing some­one else’s di­ary, only way more in­ti­mate,” she says.

Gowdy, who has lived in Toronto’s Cab­bage­town area for 19 years, says that she’s thrilled to be cel­e­brat­ing the launch of her lat­est novel with Toronto Lit Up.

“It’s good to be able to cel­e­brate the peo­ple who helped you, like your ed­i­tors, your pub­lish­ing house and your friends,” she says.

Gowdy says that she’s glad the In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Au­thors and the Toronto Arts Coun­cil are pre­sent­ing the event se­ries be­cause it will en­gage read­ers and re­vive the city’s lit­er­ary com­mu­nity.

“It will alert read­ers to the fact that writ­ers are writ­ing books and that the books are out there. I think it will recharge the lit­er­ary com­mu­nity, which I’m afraid is slowly erod­ing to on­line read­ing,” she says.

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