International Festival of Authors will be in Thunder Bay


James Bartleman - THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay has been added to the stops on the International Festival of Authors. The Thunder Bay Public Library shares, “Each October, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) presents a wide range of readings, round table discussions, onstage interviews, book signings and a number of special events featuring the most exciting authors in contemporary literature. Administered by Authors at Harbourfront Centre, this year’s 32nd annual IFOA takes place from October 19 to 30, 2011”.

IFOA also includes IFOA Ontario, a touring programme that now stops in 16 locations throughout Ontario.Tickets for both IFOA and IFOA Ontario go on sale September 13. Visit for more information.

The 32nd annual IFOA continues to grow leaps and bounds by expanding its IFOA Ontario touring programme across the province and on the web. New festival locations include Brantford, Markham, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Uxbridge, and Woodstock, in addition to those once again occurring in Barrie, Burlington, Hamilton, Midland, Orillia, Owen Sound, Parry Sound, Picton, Port Hope, and Windsor – for a total of 16 cities.

One of the authors who will be in Thunder Bay is James Bartleman. Bartleman became the first Native Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario in 2002 after a distinguished career of more than 35 years in the Canadian foreign service. He also previously served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. The author of the prize-winning memoir Out of Muskoka, Bartleman presents As Long as the River Flows, a devastating and inspiring story of one First Nation woman who gives up her daughter to try and find her son while also coming to terms with her past.

IFOA Ontario is also pleased to announce the launch of its website,, to keep you better connected to upcoming schedules, events, contests, and participant information.

Now in its fifth year, IFOA Ontario partners with libraries, bookstores, universities, and community organizations across Ontario to help provide areas with access to IFOA’s world-renowned events and the Festival’s roster of best contemporary writers from around the globe. IFOA Ontario takes place from October 16 to November 8.

Visit to find out more information on the authors presenting in each location.

Geoffrey Taylor, Director of IFOA, says: “This year IFOA Ontario is excited to partner with 16 locations across Ontario, bringing local communities the best authors from around the world. The launch of our dedicated website,, also provides us with the opportunity to connect with more community members from
around the province.”

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