The FOLD Blog


The FOLD team is pleased to announce our first BRAMPTON BOOK BASH – a one-day book market designed to give authors and book selling organizations a space to promote their books. The following Frequently Asked Questions are designed for authors, book sellers and book organizations, who are interested in promoting their work at this year’s inaugural […]

Lessons from the AWP

Lessons from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs The FOLD team is back returned from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, and we thought we’d take a little space to share some of our, and some of our panelists’, favourite moments from the conference and our time in Washington. From poetry to prose, […]

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? […]

Giving Tuesday: The FOLD Recommends

Giving Tuesday comes once a year – but the spirit of giving is in season all year long. Here at the FOLD, we see Giving Tuesday as an opportunity to promote and celebrate charities and organizations that are special to us — organizations that promote literary arts and/or support marginalized communities whose stories continue to be underrepresented […]

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 […]

Crime and Literary Fiction: The Ideal Marriage

I have a confession to make: I love crime fiction. This may not seem like a revelatory admission, but I’ve been writing literary novels for a long time now and genre snobbery is, I’ve discovered, a real thing. When I was in university, I worked at a bookstore and it was there I learned that […]

Diverse Bodies: On Disability and Exclusion (Transcript)

TRANSCRIPT: DIVERSE BODIES: ON DISABILITY AND EXCLUSION     Panelists: Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Jael Richardson. Moderator: Amanda Leduc   Amanda: Hello and welcome, my name is Amanda Leduc and I am the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity, based in Brampton, Ontario. With me today is author Dorothy Ellen Palmer and […]

Vivek Shraya: Why Are You Wearing Nailpolish?

One of the first people I shared the first draft of The Boy & the Bindi with was my friend Robin Phillips. Robin is an elementary school teacher and a parent, therefore making her an expert on children. I figured if anyone could honestly tell me if the draft had potential as a children’s picture […]