The FOLD Blog

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 […]

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 […]

New Partners Join the FOLD

The last few weeks have been busy at the FOLD. The schedule is (finally) ready. The FOLD Planning Team is making the kinds of critical decisions that are necessary to pull off a smooth, well-run event on a conservative budget. It’s the kind of frenzy that can make a first time festival planning team feel scattered, unsure of […]

12 Black History Books

12 BLACK HISTORY BOOKS Guest Blog by Nadia L. Hohn   Black History Month began as Negro History Week in the United States in in Canada in 1926 as a way to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of people of African descent.  In 1976, it became Black History Month and in 1995, it was officially recognized here in Canada.  […]

Meet Amanda

Hello, everybody! This is Amanda Leduc waving happily at you from my desk, which is also the desk for the new Communications and Development Coordinator at the FOLD, who happens—how exciting—to be me. One of the first things I was asked to do when I came on board to the FOLD team was write a […]

Empowering Educators: More than a Tagline

When we started planning for the Festival of Literary Diversity, our goal was to deliver a festival that provided readers with access to diverse authors and stories and a place for writers from diverse backgrounds to exchange stories in a craft that can often feel isolating. But in the early development stages of the FOLD, […]

The FOLD is Hiring!

  The FOLD is hiring! With the festival fast-approaching and new opportunities arising each day, we’re looking for a dynamic staff member with flexible hours to support the work of the FOLD Foundation. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and a one-page cv to by Friday, January 22, 2016. Use CDC APPLICATION in […]

The Inaugural 2016 Lineup Un-FOLDs!

Today we start the roll out of our 2016 lineup – a phenomenal group of diverse Canadian writers. As the founder and Artistic Director I am filled with excitement. I’m also a rookie at this, and incredibly nervous. I have been working on the festival with a bright and innovative Program Planning Team for two […]

Giving Season Continues! 7 Causes Worth Caring About

On December 1, charities and special interest groups across the world celebrated Giving Tuesday: a day dedicated to giving back. Giving Tuesday isn’t just a day, however: it’s the official kick off of the giving season. Why should you prioritize giving this season? Though there are a number of reasons, here are just a few: […]

6 Giving Tuesday Campaigns You Should Know About

Do you know about #GivingTuesday? It’s a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, and the “opening day of the giving season.” It is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes, and think about others. We wanted you to know about a few causes that are […]