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Margaret DeRosia gives a reading at her March 2023 Toronto Lit Up book launch

Margaret DeRosia gives a reading at her March 2023 Toronto Lit Up book launch

Spotlighting Local Authors for Your Summer Reading List

Summer has finally arrived ‚Äď the perfect time to make a new reading list to enjoy in the sunshine. Visit our latest blog for some hot new titles, spotlighting local authors who have recently launched books through the Toronto Lit Up programme. From short stories, poetry and novels to picture books for young readers, there’s something for everyone. Better yet ‚Äď support local authors by attending a launch in person! All Toronto Lit Up book launches are free for the public to attend.

Plus, in celebration of Canada Day, enjoy three re-released videos from previous TIFA festivals, highlighting Canadian literary voices. Enjoy intimate poetry readings, learn from important scholars on Truth and Reconciliation or deep dive into a groundbreaking Canadian novel. All re-releases are available to watch for free until July 12 at 11:59pm ET.

Scroll down for more of What’s On in July.

July Re-Releases

Available to watch for free until July 12

Ian Williams

Ian Williams

Sunday Poetry Readings

Originally aired Oct. 25, 2020
Re-released July 6

As part of this special re-release series spotlighting Canadian voices, tune in for imaginative, rhythmic and intimate poetry readings by several accomplished Canadians, including: A.F. Mortiz (As Far As You Know), Canisia Lubrin (The Dyzgraphxst) and Ian Williams (World Problems).

Kisha Supernant

Kisha Supernant

Finding Truth & Reconciliation in Canada

Originally aired Oct. 26, 2021
Re-released July 6

Indigenous scholars and writers Chief Bev Sellars (Xat’sull), Anne Spice (Tlingit member of Kwanlin Dun First Nation) and Kisha Supernant (Métis/Papaschase/British) explore how the law can be harnessed to promote the well-being and self-determination of Indigenous peoples and the path that lies ahead to finding truth and reconciliation in this country. 

Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

The Re-Read: The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy

Originally aired Oct. 30, 2020
Re-released July 6

Canadian author Madeleine¬†Thien¬†presents a deep dive into Wayson Choy’s groundbreaking 1995 novel¬†The¬†Jade¬†Peony, which portrays the Chinese Canadian experience in Chinatown, Vancouver, in the late 1930s and 40s.¬†Mingling with the realities of Canada and the horror of war are magic, ghosts and family secrets.¬†

Free Book Launches

Book Cover of Sunshine Nails by Mai Nguyen

Simon & Schuster Canada, 2023

Toronto Lit Up: Sunshine Nails by Mai Nguyen

July 6 at 7pm
3030 Dundas
3030 Dundas St. West

Join us tonight as we celebrate the launch of author Mai¬†Nguyen’s¬†debut novel,¬†Sunshine Nails. This free Toronto Lit Up event will take place¬†at 3030 Dundas.¬†There will be some light refreshments, as well as drinks available for purchase. Copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of Type Books Junction.

Book Cover of Where Waters Meet

Amazon Crossing, 2023

Toronto Lit Up: Where Waters Meet by Zhang Ling

August 12 from 2‚Äď4pm
Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas St. West

Join author Zhang Ling for the launch of her novel Where Waters Meet. Hosted by the Canada-China Institute for Business & Development, Zhang will be in conversation with professor Christopher Payne, an East Asian literature expert and a literary translator at the University of Toronto. This free Toronto Lit Up event will take place at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. The event will consist of a reading, Q&A and reception.

For Readers & Writers of All Ages

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Young Authors

Young Authors Summer Camp

Harbourfront Centre
Ages 8‚Äď10
July 31 ‚Äď September 1

Spots are still available for both the Young & Senior Authors camps at Harbourfront Centre. This camp stimulates creativity and the imagination of budding young readers and writers, exploring what lies below the surface of some of your favourite stories.

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Senior Authors

Senior Authors Summer Camp

Harbourfront Centre
Ages 11‚Äď13
July 31 ‚Äď September 1

Calling all aspiring writers, authors and book lovers! Senior campers will learn how to develop a well-rounded structure, characters, setting and plot. Campers will be encouraged to push their creativity to the next level for their final project, which will be showcased in an Open House.

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TIFA Virtual Book Club

TIFA Virtual Book Club

Fall Season: $69
September 20 ‚Äď December 13

Spots are limited! Be the first to unpack the themes and ideas being explored on our stages this fall, and delve into a range of stories that span diverse genres and countries. Virtual sessions are facilitated on Wednesday evenings by author and award-winning educator Catherine Graham. 

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We are thankful for the generosity of our donors who help us create unique connections for book lovers everywhere. TIFA’s ability to bring together authors, artists and changemakers to discuss everything from the mundane to the profound needs the support of people like you to continue the conversation.¬†Your contribution to our continued success is crucial. Please give as generously as possible today. For donation enquiries,¬†email

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July 6, 2023 |

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