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Lisa Tower


Bachelor of Arts - English (4th year)


Favourite class you took?

ENG 416 American Lit with Laura Fisher

Favourite book?

It’s a tie between Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami and Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden.

For those who don’t know, can you give a quick rundown of what the International Festival of Authors is?

The International Festival of Authors, based out of the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, is a non-profit organization that places an emphasis on the cultivation of literature and the arts. The organization presents a wide range of genres such as poetry, plays, biographies, fiction and nonfiction, and much more on an internationally recognized forum. The IFOA runs a weekly event series, the annual International Festival of Authors, Young IFOA, Toronto Lit Up, and more.

How did you get involved with it and what does your role entail?

I got involved with the organization through perusing the emails the English department sends out (note: always check those emails, you never know what opportunity awaits you!). I noticed an advertisement for the IFOA’s annual festival and always kept the organization at the back of my mind. A few months later, I applied for a volunteer opportunity and was successful in achieving the position! My role within the IFOA involves research and information and cataloging the many submissions the organization gets for its annual festival.

Any tips for incoming students to the BA English program?

I have noticed a significant and positive difference in my marks once I started participating more in class. When you are engaged with class discussions and make yourself familiar with your professors, you will enjoy being in the classroom and learning far more. Also go to your classes! I cannot emphasize this enough!



Volunteer with International Festival of Authors