SEPTEMBER BOOK FESTS
Word on the Street
Toronto’s one-day book extravaganza relocated lakeside in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. This year’s special guests include Monia Mazigh, Emma Donoghue and David Suzuki. The free event, in its 27th year, runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stay for the whole day, or drop by for a few scheduled events. You’ll find something for kids and adults, fans of fiction and non-fiction, Francophones and Anglophones, Indigenous and newcomer voices, bestsellers and beginners. There’s even a Polkaroo Dance Party. Sept. 24, Harbourfront Centre
International Festival of Authors
Although it now produces yearround literary series through its Literacy On Tour, Toronto Lit Up, and International Visitors programs, plus a weekly reading series, the main International Festival of Authors (IFOA) event is the Festival. The 38th IFOA offers readings, interviews, artist talks, roundtable discussions, book signings and other special events spread over 11 days (complete schedule TBA). Tickets go on sale in September. Oct. 19 to 29, Harbourfront Centre
Eden Mills Writers’ Festival
An hour’s drive from downtown Toronto, the picturesque hamlet of Eden Mills plays host to an outdoor Writers’ Festival each fall. Featuring fiction and creative nonfiction workshops with Lisa Moore and a discussion with Naomi Klein in Guelph on Sept. 9, as well as a Youth Writing Workshop on Sept. 25, the main event is on Sept. 10 in the centre of Eden Mills. The idyllic outdoor readings, which take place along the banks of the Eramosa River, run from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance ($15/students) or $25 at the door ($20/students). September 9, 10 & 25 Eden Mills, Ont.