Toronto International Festival of Authors: Magaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood will launch the festival in conversation with the brand-new director of TIFA, Roland Gulliver plus viewers will get a sneak peek into her new poetry collection, Dearly.


Thursday 22nd October, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

Join us for a highly anticipated opening night conversation between Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood and TIFA Director Roland Gulliver. Atwood will unpack the successes of her recent works and longtime favourites (The Handmaids Tale, The Testaments), as well as her uncanny ability to predict future events. Audiences will also glean a sneak peek into Atwood’s new forthcoming poetry collection, Dearly (Penguin Random House, November 2020).

The Toronto International Festival of Authors

Festival will run from October 22nd- November 1st

Other highlights include; New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben discussing his latest title The Boy From the Woods; internationally acclaimed American novelist and short story writer Richard Ford introducing his new collection of stories, Sorry for Your Trouble; from the world of Scottish crime writing, bestselling authors Val McDermid and Ian Rankin; activist, journalist and author Desmond Cole providing Canadian perspectives on Black racism and institutional oppression; Academy Award-nominee Emma Donoghue and 2020 Booker Prize short-lister Maaza Mengiste (The Shadow King) will discuss the role of women and mothers in times of global crises; and another 2020 Booker Prize short-lister Scottish writer Douglas Stuart (Shuggie Bain) talks to Canadian writer and filmmaker Alex Pugsley about coming of age stories, drugs, addiction and the impact of local cultures.
The Festival will include an expanded array of free virtual programming, bringing together some of the best names and brightest new voices in fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, graphic novels, science, politics and more, as well as a series of events introduced for the first time called Critical Conversations, where authors, academics and activists will participate in live conversations reflecting on issues that matter most during these unprecedented times.
Alongside the programme of events, TIFA has created and commissioned a number of digital activities including the Write in the Neighbourhood podcast with Toronto-based authors guiding readers through the neighbourhoods that inspire them; Comic Jam on the ’Gram, where 11 of Toronto’s best comic artists will collaborate on Instagram over the course of the Festival to produce a continuous story on a single theme; and Swingin’ Moonlight TIFA Sessions, hosted by novelist and music critic Sean Michaels, a limited edition podcast featuring hybrid performances of readings set to original music.
The festival also offers several special activities for young readers to connect with their favourite authors, including TIFA KIDS! which takes place over the final Festival weekend.

See the full festival calendar here

About the Book


Margaret Atwood

Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Publication date:10 Nov 2020


3.40 out of 5
3 reviews
"There's plenty to enjoy in the best-selling author's first poetry collection in a decade, but it lacks the thrill of her early work"
The Sunday Telegraph
"a rich, courageous and truthful account of what it feels like to live in these troubled times"
The Scotsman
"Atwood’s first poetry collection in more than 10 years is wry and entertaining"
The Observer

The collection of a lifetime from the bestselling novelist, poet -- and cultural phenomenon Before she became one of the world's most important and loved novelists, Margaret Atwood was a poet.