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Massive book fair coming to Toronto this fall

Posted by Derek Flack / August 20, 2014

inspire book fair torontoBibliophiles rejoice -- a literary extravaganza is on its way to Toronto this fall. The inaugural Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair will take place November 13-16 at the Metro Convention Centre with over 400 authors will on hand, including such heavyweights as Margaret Atwood (but of course), William Gibson, Ann Rice, and Kathy Reichs. Coming just after the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors, the idea with Inspire! is to make the fair as diverse as possible.

Along with the literary highlights, there will sections and stages devoted to culinary writing (with Elizabeth Baird and Rose Rose Reisman in attendance), children's books, romance novels, and memoirs. The more generic diversity and the fair features, the more people it will interest, so the thinking goes. And for industry types and would-be novelists, there's a host of workshops to attend on everything from securing an agent to writing a cookbook. There will also be a strong focus on Native Canadian writers at the event, with writers like Waubgeshig Rice on hand.

The fair will be capped off with Canada's Self-Publishing Awards, which will dole out $50,000 in prizes. The winner of the best self-published book in three categories (adult, young adult and children) will each receive $3,000. Tickets for the event are $15.

Discussion

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my / August 20, 2014 at 03:29 pm
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Will this be available on Kobo or Kindle?
Mr. Gutenberg / August 20, 2014 at 04:12 pm
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Whassat? Whatsa "book"'
bookssss / August 20, 2014 at 04:26 pm
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I love books but heard this is going to be a disaster
Gabe / August 20, 2014 at 04:36 pm
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It's a book
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4BK_2VULCU
Zahra Grant / August 20, 2014 at 04:44 pm
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Anne Rice...please add the 'e'. Our Canadian literary heroine Anne Shirley would be appealed by the blunder. ;)
Zahra Grant / August 20, 2014 at 04:44 pm
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*appalled*
Wendy / August 21, 2014 at 12:53 am
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Applause!!
HK / August 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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Looking forward to it! We don't have a famous book fair like the other cities. I find it enjoyable to pick up a physical book and read it, which is something falling into obscurity in our technology-infused world.
P2 / August 24, 2014 at 05:44 pm
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HK - of course we have a famous book fair - it's Word on the Street and it's great. And it's free. Bookssss- since this is the first time, how could anyone be so sure it's going to be "a disaster"? Zahra Grant, what does your comment about a letter "e" refer to?

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