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February: Author's Insights
Saturday, August 23, at 10:00 AM
Studio Theatre
February: Reading
Sunday, August 24, at 10:30 AM
Studio Theatre


February: Author’s Insights BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Saturday, August 23, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Newfoundland-based author Lisa Moore will discuss and read from her second novel, February, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and selected as one of The New Yorker’s Best Books of the Year, and which won the CBC Canada Reads competition in 2013. February explores the long arc of mourning of a woman widowed by the 1982 Ocean Ranger disaster, in which the oil rig sink off the coast of Newfoundland, killing all eighty-four of its crew. 

February: Reading BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Sunday, August 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Festival company members read excerpts from Lisa Moore’s stage adaptation of her novel February, as Ms Moore offers insights into the adaptation process. 

"He's Not Mad, He's Madly Visionary!": A Debate on Madness and Individuality BUY NOW
Studio Theatre

Saturday, September 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Literature is rife with colourful characters whose behaviour pushes beyond societal norms. Are these characters suffering from forms of "madness," or are they having a sane response to an insane world? Join Canadian Psychiatric Association members Dr. K. Sonu Gaind, Dr. Susan E. Abbey and Dr. Richard O’Reilly for this lively debate exploring themes of sanity, mental illness and diagnosis and societal expectation, based on selected characters from this season’s playbill.

Camille Paglia: The Dark Women of Shakespeare BUY NOW
Studio Theatre
Saturday, September 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Notable feminist and social critic Camille Paglia speaks about Shakespeare and misogyny – what is it about the mystery and ambiguity of women that so frightens men both then and now? This event will be live streamed.

Chat with the Chief
Paul D. Fleck Marquee – Friday, October 3, 5-7:30 p.m. 
Enjoy a special three-course meal – including a welcome cocktail and wine with dinner – while Broadcaster and CBC News Anchor Peter Mansbridge goes one-on-one with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada – the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin – to discuss her life, her work, and her thoughts on the arts. Including bar and gratuities. Admission: $95.

Support for the dinner is provided by BLG:Borden Ladner Gervais

Authorship Appeal BUY NOW  
Festival Theatre, Saturday, October 4, 10:30 a.m.- noon. 
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, of the Supreme Court of Canada, convenes a special panel of judges to consider whether there is sufficient evidence to refute the claim that Shakespeare was the principal author of the canon. With special appearances by Antoni Cimolino and Colm Feore. Admission: Free. This event will be live streamed.

La Fontaine-Baldwin Symposium BUY NOW 
Saturday, October 18.
Keynote Address: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St W, Toronto. 2:00 p.m. 
Roundtables: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto. 4:00 p.m.
Legendary artist Robert Lepage delivers the 12th La Fontaine-Baldwin lecture followed by a dynamic roundtable discussion, when the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, chaired by Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, reunites with the Festival to challenge Canadians to join the national conversation on citizenship. Admission:$30 Keynote Address only. $70 Keynote Address and Roundtables. This event will be live streamed.


Lisa Moore

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Nandita & Julian Wise


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