1. FREE PREVIEW: Crisis in the Classroom - The FOLD

1. FREE PREVIEW: Crisis in the Classroom

For Parents, Guardians, and Educators

Session Description

In this preview event designed for parents and educators, authors Tash McAdams, Khodi Dill and David A. Robertson discuss how the pandemic and contemporary conversations are affecting classrooms and kids. From the perspective of mentors, educators, and authors, these three incredible storytellers discuss the importance of books and the critical role of reading to navigate the ever-evolving challenges of today.

Registration

This is a free preview event. Registration is available through Eventbrite. This session and all other FOLD Kids Book Fest will be made available on-demand (until December 7) with a festival pass. Festival passes are $14 and provide attendees with additional opportunities to connect with exhibitors, chat with authors and attendees, and compete in a virtual scavenger hunt for the chance to win prizes. Purchase a pass with four friends for our “Bulk Pass” discount. This year, you can also “Gift a Pass” to a teacher or educator. If the cost of the festival is prohibitive, we encourage you to register through our patron pass program.

Featured Speaker(s)

A Black man wearing a flat brown cap. He has a small goatee and smiles at the camera.
Khodi Dill
Bio
A white trans man with shourt pale blue and pink hair sits on a flight of grey concrete steps, looking off to the side. They wear a light blue button-down t-shirt.
Tash McAdam
Bio
A middle-aged Indigenous man with short dark hair and dark-rimmed glasses. He has a short goatee, wears a black t-shirt, and is set against a white background.
David A. Robertson
Bio
A woman wearing a patterned headscarf and dark-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera.
Rabia Khokhar
Bio
A Black man wearing a flat brown cap. He has a small goatee and smiles at the camera.

Khodi Dill

Khodi Dill is a Bahamian-Canadian writer of everything from rap songs to children’s literature. Author of the picture book Welcome to the Cypher, which introduces young people to the transformative power of hip-hop, Khodi hopes that his writing will engage youth in both social justice and the arts. He is a proud father and partner who lives and writes in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

A white trans man with shourt pale blue and pink hair sits on a flight of grey concrete steps, looking off to the side. They wear a light blue button-down t-shirt.

Tash McAdam

Tash McAdam is a Welsh-Canadian author and educator. Their publications include ‘The Psionics’ series (Nine Star Press), and the JLG Gold Standard Selections ‘Sink or Swim’ and Blood Sport (Orca Books) as well as multiple anthology contributions. They are a recipient of the Shoot for the Moon fund for trans writers, and a founding mentor with the Trans Tipping Point Program.

A middle-aged Indigenous man with short dark hair and dark-rimmed glasses. He has a short goatee, wears a black t-shirt, and is set against a white background.

David A. Robertson

David A. Robertson is the author of numerous books for young people, including When We Were Alone, On the Trapline, The Barren Grounds, and its sequel, The Great Bear. When We Were Alone won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award and was nominated for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. The Barren Grounds, book 1 of his middle grade fantasy The Misewa Saga, was a finalist for the 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and lives in Winnipeg.

A woman wearing a patterned headscarf and dark-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera.

Rabia Khokhar

Rabia Khokhar is a Teacher with the Toronto District School Board and an equity consultant. She is also a PhD student at OISE. Rabia is passionate about ensuring schools are inclusive spaces where all students are reflected, represented and seen through an asset based lens. Rabia is the recipient of the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario’s 2021 Anti-Racist and Equity Activism Award. She enjoys sharing her teaching and learning on her social media platforms.

The FOLD is a remarkable and wonderful event for authors and attendees alike. What an amazing community, dedicated to the vital need for inclusive stories and the critical role they play in building a better world.

Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

Field Guide to the North American Teenager is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!

Ben Philippe, author of Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Festival of Literary Diversity was an absolute joy–the organizers thought of *everything* and by anticipating authors’ needs, they freed us to focus on connecting with the audience and each other. There was no pretension, no posturing–just very genuine conversations with invested writers and engaged readers.

Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag

I have been to a lot of writers festivals and the FOLD is definitely near the top of the list of those I want to be invited back to.

Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater

Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.

Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

Ian Williams, Author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction

FOLD is a festival experience unlike any other I’ve had. The FOLD team strive to create a space that’s welcoming and engaging, while allowing for curiosity, ingenuity and the fostering of real community – and they succeed, every year.

Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

The FOLD is one of the most important literary events on this continent. By focusing on diverse voices and giving authors space to share their stories and speak their truths, it is revolutionizing the writing and storytelling realm as we know it.

Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon Of The Crusted Snow

Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. Sharing diverse stories and listening to different voices that broaden my understanding of the world has impacted me as a person and motivated me as a writer.

Ann Y.K. Choi, author of Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

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