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Photos: IFOA pep rally

It’s not often that you see a Scotiabank Giller Prize winner brandishing pom poms, but that’s exactly what happened at this morning’s pep rally for the 32nd annual International Festival of Authors, which kicks off tomorrow at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

The launch event, which included appearances by IFOA writers Elizabeth Abbott, Lauren B. Davis, Joe Dunthorne, Brian Francis, Joshua Knelman, Ruth Roach Pierson, and last year’s Giller winner Johanna Skibsrud, took place in the heart of Toronto’s Ryerson University campus, attracting students (and a few bike cops) with popcorn, raffles, free books and copies of The Walrus.