Koffler @ IFOA presents
Olive Senior and Ravi Jain: In Conversation
Sunday October 23, 2016 | 12 PM | Lakeside Terrace
Tickets $18 | Purchase Online

The Koffler Centre of the Arts returns this year to the International Festival of Authors to proudly present Ravi Jain – one of Toronto’s most celebrated playwrights – in conversation with acclaimed author Olive Senior. Bound by their shared passion for cultural identity and lineage, they will discuss the complications (and joys) of navigating multiple cultures inside and outside of the family, and the relationships between mothers, daughters, and sons. Hosted by Lewis DeSoto.

Ravi Jain is the current Associate Artistic Director at Soulpepper Theatre and founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre. He is an international producer, and an award-winning director, actor and playwright who has spent a great deal of his career exploring intercultural and intergenerational relationships. His play, A Brimful of Asha, is the true, and very Canadian story of his and his mother’s generational and cultural clash, and will be remounted at Soulpepper November 1 – 5, 2016. He also co-created the participatory performance project Like Mother Like Daughter, which premieres in Toronto, October 24 – 30, 2016.

Olive Senior was born and brought up in Jamaica and educated in Canada at Carleton University. Her work is the subject of numerous critical essays and is taught in schools and universities worldwide. She has been on the Faculty of the Humber School for Writers from 1998 to the present and has served as a writing mentor for Diaspora Dialogues. She has taught writing at multiple universities, including the University of Toronto and Columbia University. She won the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for her short stories collection The Pain Tree. She lives in Toronto.

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Presented together with the International Festival of Authors. For tickets and more info: www.ifoa.org



Now in its 37th year, the International Festival of Authors brings together some of the world’s most exciting writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, round table discussions and interviews. This year’s Festival runs from October 20 – 30, 2016, 2016.