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Icon and Activist Buffy Sainte-Marie and Acclaimed Biographer Andrea Warner Join the Toronto International Festival of Authors 2018 Lineup

This year’s lineup includes readings and conversations with award-winning authors, interactive poetry cabarets, a mystery library and more! Authors in attendance include Roddy Doyle, Esi Edugyan, Madeline Miller, Ian Rankin, Eden Robinson, Vikas Swarup and Miriam Toews. Toronto, September 13, 2018 – The Toronto International Festival of Authors is set to welcome legendary Cree singer-songwriter, activist and educator Buffy Sainte-Marie and acclaimed biographer Andrea Warner to its 39th edition. For over 50 years, Buffy Sainte-Marie has made her mark in music, establishing herself as one of the most revered folk artists of all time. Well known for her anti-war song “Universal Soldier,” Sainte-Marie has also spent her career advocating for and protecting Indigenous rights and freedoms. Andrea Warner, author of Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography, will be interviewed alongside Sainte-Marie, where both will reflect on their careers and their biographer-subject relationship. CBC Music host Raina Douris is set to moderate the double interview, taking place on Saturday, October 27 at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre. Toronto International Festival of Authors, Canada’s oldest and largest festival of words and ideas, is on from October 18 –28, 2018, with most events at Harbourfront Centre. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, September 15 at

“Toronto International Festival of Authors has strived to connect curious readers with the world’s leading writers and thought-leaders, to celebrate storytelling and its critical role in helping us make sense of the modern world,” said Geoffrey Taylor, Director, Toronto International Festival of Authors. “With a roster of emerging and established artists, activists, authors and poets from around the world speaking on everything from Indigenous authorship to understanding gender and cultural diversity, we are proud to present curated events featuring some of today’s most riveting writing on stage right here in Toronto.

The 2018 Toronto International Festival of Authors lineup also welcomes Man Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle (Smile); beloved Canadian author Esi Edugyan (Washington Black); New York Times bestseller Madeline Miller (Circe); Scottish crime writer and recipient of the Order of the British Empire, Ian Rankin (In a House of Lies); Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize winner Eden Robinson (Trickster Drift); and Publishing Triangle award-winning author, musician and artist Vivek Shraya (I’m Afraid of Men); among others.

The 11-day Festival will offer more than 60 events, attended by approximately 200 authors from nearly 30 countries. A few of this year’s must-attend Festival events include the Man Booker Prize 50th Anniversary: Featuring Marlon James, a journey to South Asia with the High Commissioner of India to Canada and Slumdog Millionaire author, Vikas Swarup and high energy poetry cabarets sure to ignite audiences’ imaginations. For bibliophiles on the go, a Union Station mystery library pop-up with live author readings will be happening on October 22 and 27.


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