The AWP Conference: To Go or Not to Go South

After we launched the first Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) in May, we started to look for opportunities to increase the reach of the work we do – advocating for underrepresented voices in the literary industry.   We pitched two sessions to the annual conference for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs – an […]

FOLD ’17 Reading Challenge

What are you reading this year? How do you decide what to read? More and more we’re discovering people who want to read more diversely, and last year we had a few FOLD followers who took the challenge. So we’re doing it again. Here are 17 challenges for 2017 that will push us to read […]

The FOLD Picks: One Book, One Brampton

The Festival of Literary Diversity team have made their picks. They’ve defended them live and here are their final arguments.   Find out who Sheridan College professor Shoilee Khan, author Jael Richardson, author Amanda Leduc and publishing professional Leonicka Valcius are rooting for. Which title will get your vote for ONE BOOK | ONE BRAMPTON? […]

FREE FALL: An Excerpt from The Dependent by Danielle Daniel

FREE FALL   An excerpt from The Dependent: A Memoir of Marriage & the Military by Danielle Daniel.   I should become a professional wrestler. My name would be Mad Justice. I would stitch MJ on my chest and tie a tomato-red satin cape around my neck. It would flap behind me as I bounced into […]

Diverse Bodies and Exclusion

“I still feel the impact of those words. I understood right away that this conversation could not wait another year.” – FOLD Artistic Director, Jael Richardson   In February, the FOLD Planning Team finalized the first Festival of Literary Diversity schedule. As the Artistic Director, I told the team, “This is it. We’re done. No […]

Jael Richardson

Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The book received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award as an Emerging Artist. A children’s book called The […]

Writers Wanted

THE WRITER’S COURT: WRITERS WANTED Are you an aspiring writer with a manuscript that’s (almost) ready for submission? Would you like a chance to get some real-time editorial feedback? Apply to take part in The Writer’s Court, the must-see feature event of the first Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)!   The FOLD is looking for a few […]