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Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Ann Ireland

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IFOA Ontario is a literary festival like no other, bringing writers from Canada and around the world to cities and towns throughout the province for readings and discussions at local bookstores, libraries and community centres.

If you live in Windsor, Burlington, Owen Sound, Thunder Bay or any of the ten other IFOA Ontario locations, your favourite authors will be coming right to your doorstep between October 19th to November 3rd. All month long, Open Book: Ontario will share feature interviews with writers who are busy packing their suitcases to get on the road.

Today, Open Book hears from bestselling author Ann Ireland, who will be reading from her latest novel, The Blue Guitar (Dundurn Press), about the on-stage nerves and backstage trials of the hopefuls attending The International Classical Guitar Competition in Montreal. See Ann in Bayfield on Sunday, October 27 and in Toronto on Tuesday, October 29. Visit our Events page for details.

For more information about IFOA Ontario, visit our IFOA Ontario Page.

Open Book:

Tell us about what you'll be reading at this year's IFOA Ontario festival.

Ann Ireland:

I’ll launch into The Blue Guitar, a novel published in February 2013. It takes place at a music competition. Lots of tension and iffy behaviour on the part of the contestants.


What is your preferred method of travel for a reading tour and why?


Train, if I get a sleeper. I do like ground travel if it’s feasible because I like to see where I am.


What is one luxury you allow yourself when you go "on tour" with a book?


Eat in restaurants whenever I want.


What book (aside from your own) will you have with you in your bag while you travel to the location of your IFOA Ontario reading?


I find that during a reading tour I’m pretty jazzed up and it’s no time for difficult reading. I’ll read a mystery or thriller. Lately I’m on to Jo Nesbo and I’m starting to talk with a Norwegian accent, long stress on the vowels. Or that’s how I hear it.

Visit for more details about IFOA Ontario.

Ann Ireland is the author of A Certain Mr. Takahashi (Dundurn Press), winner of the Seal First Novel Award; The Instructor (Dundurn Press), shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award; and Exile (Dundurn Press), which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. She lives in Toronto.

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For more information about The Blue Guitar please visit the Dundurn Press website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at the publisher, Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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