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Best bets for star-filled International Festival of Authors Add to ...

Book launches are like birthday parties: some people look forward to them, some people dread them, there’s lots of spotty wine and a good time ends up being had by most. Literary festivals are like family reunions: the same mix of anxiety and anticipation, even greater quantities of spotty wine, and a schedule of events and people to see that’s so large as to be unmanageable. The International Festival of Authors is one of the biggest such events in existence, bringing authors from around the world, stretching over 11 days each fall in Toronto, and this year expanding its programming to 13 other communities in Ontario. So which of the dozens and dozens of events are worth your literary dollar? Here are eight not to be missed: