Toronto Lit Up Winter/Spring 2020 Book Launch Events Announced

The first of 14 free public events will take place Thursday, January 9, 2020

Toronto, January 9, 2020 – The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) today announced the winter/spring 2020 lineup of Toronto Lit Up book launch events, a multi-year joint initiative with the Toronto Arts Council. Between January to June 2020, Toronto Lit Up will deliver 14 free public events across the city to celebrate the release of 17 new books by 22 Toronto authors.

The winter/spring 2020 season of Toronto Lit Up will feature the following book titles:

  • Please Stand By by Carolyn Bennett (Now or Never Publishing)
  • Sea Glass Circe by Irina Moga (self-published)
  • Were There Gazelle by Laura McRae (Pedlar Press)
  • BIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies, featuring works by Emily Allan, Shadoe Ball, Elizabeth Cook,  Jo Jefferson, Heather M. Jones, Tara Mandarano, Amanda Scriver and more (edited by Christina MyersCaitlin Press)
  • Bloom by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • I Am a Beaver and I Am a Polar Bear by Paul Covello (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Lake Effect by Dayle Furlong (Cormorant Books)
  • I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder by Sarah Kurchak (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Choosing Hope: 1 Woman, 3 Cancers by Munira Premji (Mawenzi House)
  • On the Job: A Firefighter’s Life by Bryan Ratushniak (Cormorant Books)
  • Bones by Tyler Pennock (Brick Books)
  • Take Back the Tray: Revolutionizing Food in Hospitals, Schools, and Other Institutions by Joshna Maharaj (ECW Press)
  • Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir by Julia Zarankin (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Filthy Sugar by Heather Babcock (Inanna Publications)
  • A Diary in the Age of Water by Nina Munteanu (Inanna Publications)
  • Radiant Shards: Hoda’s North End Poems by Ruth Panofsky (Inanna Publications)

The first event of the Toronto Lit Up winter/spring 2020 season will celebrate the release of Carolyn Bennett’s Please Stand By, on Thursday, January 9 at 7pm at Hirut Café and Restaurant (2050 Danforth Ave., Toronto). More event times and locations will be announced over the coming weeks. Visit to RSVP and to learn more. 

“The Toronto Lit Up programme helps boost Toronto authors by providing valuable support to help launch their work,” says Alison Jones, Toronto Lit Up committee member. “Toronto Lit Up book launches also give local readers the chance to get to know their local writing community up close and in person, and discover new books of various genres. The best part is that Toronto Lit Up events take place across the city all year long, they are open to the public and are completely free to attend,” she says.

The Toronto Lit Up Committee is composed of Ayesha Chatterjee (past president, League of Canadian Poets), Alison Jones (Quill and Quire) and Hazel Millar (Literary Press Group).

The submission period for the next season of Toronto Lit Up, taking place in summer/fall 2020, will open on January 20, 2020.

About Toronto Lit Up

Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 to December 2019, Toronto Lit Up has hosted 92 events to launch 112 books by 159 Toronto authors. Launches are open to the public and free to attend.

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