Toronto's premier literary event, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA), starts in earnest on Oct 24 with a PEN Canada benefit featuring Stephen King and continues through Nov 3.
Among the authors of interest for the queer community are Abdellah Taïa, an out Moroccan writer whose book Salvation Army was made into a movie that screened at TIFF this year. He will be discussing his latest work, An Arab Melancholia. Local trans activist S Bear Bergman will be taking part in a panel discussion and reading from his book Blood, Marriage, Wine, & Glitter. Alison Wearing will be attending with her book Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter, her memoir about growing up with a gay dad.