• IFOA: Around the World with Hideo Furukawa

    IFOA: Around the World with Hideo Furukawa0

    • October 24, 2017

    I recently had the honor of reviewing Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa. It is a fun, remastering of a short story written by Haruki Murakami titled A Slow Boat to China. In Furukawa’s book, as well as the original short story, the main protagonist meets three people who help him understand his place in life.

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  • The Slight Madness that Make Us Sane: A Q&A with Yann Martel

    The Slight Madness that Make Us Sane: A Q&A with Yann Martel0

    • October 29, 2016

    The 37th International Festival of Authors (IFOA) in Toronto runs from October 20-30 and  has been attended by a number of outstanding authors, including Canada’s own Yann Martel, author of the international bestselling novel Life of Pi. Martel, who currently lives in Saskatoon, is also the author of 2016’s The High Mountain of Portugal — a book which explores love, faith

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  • Graphic Novels in the IFOA Spotlight

    Graphic Novels in the IFOA Spotlight0

    A decade ago, the International Festival of Authors decided to include graphic novels alongside the other literary offerings of their event. After surveying the industry locally and internationally, IFOA brought in hundreds of titles from around the world. Yet publishers turned up their noses because graphic novel creators were not considered to be real writers and

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