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Ubah Cristina Ali Farah at IFOA - International Festival of Authors in Toronto 2018



Ubah Cristina Ali Farah at IFOA - International Festival of Authors in Toronto 2018

On the occasion of Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo,under High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, a Somali-Italian poet, novelist, playwright and oral performer, will be participating at this year's edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors on the following dates:


  • Sunday, October 21 | 7pm

This evening, in conjunction with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), spotlights writers from EU countries reading short excerpts of their work in their own languages. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear their works recited in their own voices.

This event will be hosted by Tiffany Fukuma from the Consulat général de France à Toronto.

Written English translations will be available. Readings will be followed by a licensed reception.

Reading: 39th Festival Edition

Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto)

Cost: FREE


  • Tuesday, October 23 | 8pm

Panel: Cristina Ali Farah, Ivana Bodrožić & Monika Zgustova

These authors of historical fiction have written books that explore the fluidity of identity, as influenced by political turmoil, all their female main characters experiencing political strife. Cristina Ali Farah’s Little Mother was written in response to President Trump’s travel ban. Ivana Bodrozic’s The Hotel Tito follows a displaced teenager navigating war-torn Croatia. And Monika Zgustova’s book The Silent Woman dissects an aristocratic woman’s life against a backdrop of the Second World War. This event will be moderated by Niyosha Keyzad and hosted by Emily Saso.

Book Signing, Panel Discussion, Q & A: 39th Festival Edition

Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West Toronto)

Cost: $18





Ubah Cristina Ali Farah is a Somali-Italian poet, novelist, playwright and oral performer. Cristina was born in Verona, Italy, of a Somali father and an Italian mother. She grew up in Mogadishu but fled at the outbreak of the civil war at the age of eighteen. She lived in Rome where she taught Somali language and culture at Roma Tre University. She holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Naples; currently she is based in Brussels. Her two novels, Madre piccola [Little Mother, Indiana UP 2011] and Il Comandante del fiume [The Commander of the River, 2014] tell stories of the Somali civil war and its refugees in Italy. Though she writes in Italian, her prose is obviously colored by the African oral tradition, and includes frequent refrains from popular poets like Cabdulqaadir Xirsi Siyaad and Maxamud Cabdullahi Ciise. In 2006, she was awarded the Lingua Madre National Literary Prize, and in 2008, the Vittorini Prize.  She participated in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in Fall 2017 and in May/June 2018 she has been writer in residence at MEET (Maison des Ecrivains et Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire).


The Toronto International Festival of Authors is an eleven-day celebration of words and ideas, for curious readers of every kind. The Festival offers readings, interviews, panel discussions, special events and interactive presentations with the authors. Mark your calendar for the 39th edition, taking place October 18-28, 2018 at Harbourfront Centre.


Box Office & Information: 416-973-4000

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Data: Da Gio 18 Ott 2018 a Dom 28 Ott 2018

Organizzato da : IFOA

In collaborazione con : Istituto italiano di cultura

Ingresso : A pagamento


Harbourfront Centre - 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8