16 episodes

The Toronto International Festival of Authors celebrates words and ideas through their eleven day Festival and year-round events.

The TIFA Backlist podcast offers a look at the Festival’s archives which features authors from around the world sharing their stories with audiences for almost 40 years.

The TIFA Backlist Toronto International Festival of Authors

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The Toronto International Festival of Authors celebrates words and ideas through their eleven day Festival and year-round events.

The TIFA Backlist podcast offers a look at the Festival’s archives which features authors from around the world sharing their stories with audiences for almost 40 years.

    Sneak Peek: semi-prose LIVE with Cherie Dimaline

    Sneak Peek: semi-prose LIVE with Cherie Dimaline

    In 2019, the semi-prose podcast team had a live episode recording  at the Festival's 40th edition with two of their hosts: Kristina Chin and Max Arambulo. Their guest author was Cherie Dimaline who discussed her new novel, Empire of Wild, which features a legendary Métis creature called the Rogarou. This is a sneak peek of the episode. You can listen to the whole thing over at semi-prose.

    semi-prose is a podcast from Penguin Random House Canada.

    • 2 min
    TIFA Backlist: Bonus edition with Natasha Ramoutar

    TIFA Backlist: Bonus edition with Natasha Ramoutar

    What do you think of when you think of storytelling? Look beyond the written word with 2019 TIFA Delegate Natasha Ramoutar to explore other forms in which we tell our tales. Featuring Téa Mutonji (Shut Up You’re Pretty) and Ian Keteku (2010 World Poetry Slam champion).

    This episode is written and produced by Natasha Ramoutar. It was sound engineered and scored by Kevin Ramroop. Introduction by Ardo Omer.

    • 26 min
    Tricksters and Giggles with Eden Robinson and Cherie Dimaline

    Tricksters and Giggles with Eden Robinson and Cherie Dimaline

    Awarding-winning author, Eden Robinson, read from the sequel in the Trickster series before being interviewed by author Cherie Dimaline. Both of the authors had each other and the audience in stitches as they discussed the books read they as kids, their reactions to meeting authors they admire and more.

    This episode is produced and hosted by Ardo Omer. Introduction by Director Geoffrey E. Taylor.

    • 52 min
    Solving Crimes with Ian Rankin and Linwood Barclay

    Solving Crimes with Ian Rankin and Linwood Barclay

    Anything can happen when two block-busting bestsellers put their heads together for an hour of solid author intrigue. Linwood Barclay interviewed award-winning Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin at the 2018 Festival where they discussed his latest Rebus book, his path to writing and more.

    This episode is produced and hosted by Ardo Omer. Introduction by Director Geoffrey E. Taylor.

    • 52 min
    Women Talking with Miriam Toews

    Women Talking with Miriam Toews

    Awarding-winning author, Miriam Toews, discussed her latest book, Women Talking, at the 2018 Festival with interviewer Alissa York. The book is based on the real events that occurred in a remote Mennonite community where more than 100 girls and women were drugged and sexually assaulted. 

    This episode is produced and hosted by Ardo Omer. Introduction by Director Geoffrey E. Taylor.

    • 54 min
    Storytelling in Different Forms with Dionne Brand, Isa Kamari, Pierre J. Mejlak and Ondjaki

    Storytelling in Different Forms with Dionne Brand, Isa Kamari, Pierre J. Mejlak and Ondjaki

    A 2018 Festival panel on storytelling brought together four talented writers—Dionne Brand (Theory), Isa Kamari (Tweet), Pierre J. Mejlak (Having Said Goodnight) and Ondjaki (Transparent City)—to discuss their unique styles and non-traditional formats. Philosopher and longtime Festival friend, Wendy O’Brien, moderates the conversation.

    This episode is produced and hosted by Ardo Omer. Introduction by Director Geoffrey E. Taylor.

    • 1 hr 1 min

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