3 French authors at International Festival of Authors – Oct 24 – Nov 3, 2013 [fr]


French authors Abdellah Taïa, Stéphane Michaka and Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès will be in attendance at the 34th International Festival of Authors which takes place in Toronto from October 24 to November 3 at Harboufront Centre. They will participate to several round tables and readings.

For the second year, EUNIC, the network of the European national institutes for culture, is a partner of the festival for the ‘Europe@IFOA’ programming. Abdellah Taïa, Italian author Diego Marani and Portuguese writer Rui Zink will participate to several events in this context, individually and collectively, and in each cultural institutes. The three authors will notably meet on Saturday, October 26 at the Alliance française of Toronto for a discussion on the role of the writer in contemporary European society.

Abdellah Taïa


Abdellah Taïa is one of the first Moroccan and Arabic authors to state publicly his homosexuality, which is a dominant theme in his novels. He has written ‘Mon Maroc’, ‘Le Jour du Roi’, and ‘Infidèles’ published this year.

En 2012, he directed his first film ‘L’Armée du Salut’, an adaptation of his third novel that he presented this year at Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

The full schedule of Abdellah Taïa at IFOA is available here.

Abdellah Taïa will also attend a special event at the Alliance française of Toronto on Saturday, October 26 at 4pm. He will discuss with the journalist Nima Tak about his literary and cinematic approach and the reasons for his exile in Paris in 1998.

Stéphane Michaka


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Stéphane Michaka is an editor, playwright, translator and novelist. His novel ‘Carnegie’s Daughter’, won eight awards, including the Grand Prix des Lectrices de ELLE and the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. His plays have been staged in France and broadcast on radio, earning him a New Radio Talent Award.

Michaka presents his third novel, ‘Scissors’, which is based on the life of the great short story writer Raymond Carver, who, plagued by personal and creative struggles, clashed with his overzealous editor.

The full schedule of Stéphane Michaka at IFOA is available here.

Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès


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Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès was a lecturer in philosophy at universities in Brazil, China and Italy, and for the Alliance Française in Taiwan. He now writes full time, edits a series of books on archaeology and is a member of the French Archaeological Mission. Blas de Roblès presents ‘Where Tigers Are at Home’, which won the Prix Médici and has already been translated into 14 languages.

The full schedule of Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès at IFOA is available here.

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W 

Alliance française
24 Spadina Rd

Last modified on 15/10/2013

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