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Focus On: IFOA Ontario, with Annabel Lyon

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Annabel Lyon (Photo Credit: Phillip Chin)

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 award-winning author Annabel Lyon, who will be reading from The Sweet Girl (Random House Canada), her latest novel that brings to life the world of Ancient Greece. In The Sweet Girl, readers meet Pythias, the fiery and intelligent daughter of Aristotle who, after her father’s death, begins to question and rebel against the rigid systems that threaten her independence. Look for Annabel 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.

Annabel Lyon:

My novel, The Sweet Girl.


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


Airplane or ferry — because I can work.


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


Sleeping in, when possible.


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?


Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda.

Visit for more details about IFOA Ontario.

Annabel Lyon is the author of seven books for adults and children, most recently The Sweet Girl (Random House Canada), a sequel to the award-winning The Golden Mean (Random House Canada), and Imagining Ancient Women (University of Alberta Press). She teaches creative writing on-line and on campus at the University of British Columbia.

For more information about The Sweet Girl please visit the Random House Canada website.

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

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