The FOLD Blog

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 […]

Remembering Diverse Representation

On the weekend of November 6-8, the Canadian literary magazine The New Quartley (TNQ) hosted its fourth annual Wild Writer’s Literary Festival in its birthplace Waterloo, Ontario. As an emerging writer, a Wilfrid Laurier University alumna, and resident of Brampton, this was an important event for me worth travelling for. It was empowering to witness […]

Do We Really Need a Festival Focused on Diversity?

From publishers to writers, teachers to librarians: resoundingly, people we have met with are overwhelmingly supportive of the FOLD. These are people that have been generous with their resources, thoughtful in their discussions, and, most importantly, candid about their experiences that confirm the need for a long-overdue initiative that addresses diversity in Canadian literature. One […]

Publishers Take Note: There are Game Changers in Town

A little over a year ago, when the FOLD team began meeting with publishers to talk about diverse authors, we had a hypothesis that few diverse books were being published: however, we were glad to be proven wrong.  Some of the most exciting moments for us have been with eager publicists, working their way through […]

THE FOLD: Our Stories Matter

I have grown up believing that there are certain spaces for certain kinds of people. My father was a black quarterback and he was told on many occasions, in many different ways, at the height of the civil rights movement that quarterback was not a position for him. As a writer, I have never heard […]


Amongst all the talk about Diversity in Books in 2014, the hashtag #DiverseCanLit became popular, spearheaded by Léonicka of Lé Canada is a hugely multicultural nation, our beginnings and history firmly planted in Aboriginal culture and now in 2014 representing all races, cultures, and religions. And yet, our literature does not look like that. Canada […]