Ohhhhhhhhhhh

The IFOA has a blog!!!!

For those of you who don't speak Torontonian and don't have the time (or can't be bothered) to click on the links I'll give a brief explanation.

IFOA = The International Festival of Authors. It's a yearly event in Toronto. It's a big ole bookie fiesta (err bookie in the sense of those who love books - not the sketchy type that you place bets with...). A whole bunch of authors (not all Canadian but a lot are) converge on the city and do readings and book signings and all kinds of fun things.

For me, one of the highlights is the announcement of the shortlist for the Governor General's Literary Awards (also know around this blog as the GG's because I'm too lazy to type it all out). Last year I read all the GG English fiction nominees and I plan to do that again this year. There are a few books that I hope will be nominated which is a new thing for me because I've never really read enough Canadian fiction to have any opinion about it. See what this city has done to me??? (Isn't it awesome???) For anyone wondering why I don't read the non-fictions nominees it's because I read the nominees for the Charles Taylor Prize (well...most of them anyway - I know I missed at least one last year). The IFOA will also be announcing the shorlist for the Giller Prize. Last year's winner is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read right now. Sadly I don't have the time to read all of those AND the GG's but I'm going to try to read at least one of the nominees this year.

Yes we have lit-awards coming out our hinnies around here.

Among the authors expected to attend this IFOA this are: Margaret Atwood, Ami McKay, Farley Mowat, Jane Hamilton, Timothy Taylor and Sarah Waters! WOohoo! And that's just some of the people that will be there!

I didn't make it to any events last year but I will make at least one this year. Hopefully two!

*happy dance*