Markham was thrilled to be chosen as the only location in York Region and one of two GTA locations to host the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) touring event on Friday October 21, 2011. Markham, in partnership with the Markham Arts Council (MAC), hosted an intimate evening where four award-winning and world-renowned authors: Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Secret Daughter), Dany Laferrière (The Return), Bharati Mukherjee (Miss New India), and Francisco Goldman (Say Her Name) read from their works infront of an engaged and interactive audience.
This unique and very special evening was held at Transportation Building at Markham Museum. Hosted by TVO’s producer and host of Saturday Night at the Movies, Thom Ernst, it was well attended and well received.
“We’re honoured to have been chosen as one of the host communities for the prestigious International Festival of Authors (IFOA) Ontario touring programme” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This speaks to Markham’s cultural vibrancy and our reputation for embracing and celebrating local and national literary talent. We are grateful for the leadership and efforts of the Markham Arts Council for making the Markham IFOA event possible.”
Praise for IFOA 2011
“The audiences in Markham and Uxbridge were extremely warm and welcoming, energetic and engaged”– Shilpi Somaya Gowda
“It was a fantastic event tonight! Loved hearing Shilpi Gowda and Bharati Mukherjee and interviewing them for ATN Asian Radio XM159!” – Priya Chopra, ATN Radio Host
“I had a wonderful time. Hope the audience & authors did too!” – Thom Ernst, TVO Host
Photos for IFOA 2011 by Jeremiah Hill Photography