24. FREE IN-PERSON EVENT: Making a Change on Climate Change
Making a Change on Climate Change with the Royal Ontario Museum
FREE IN-PERSON EVENT: Climate change can be a scary topic for kids and adults. In this event, delivered in partnership with Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), author Michelle Kadarusman (Berani and Room for More) and Dr. Soren Brothers, Allan and Helaine Shiff Curator of Climate Change at ROM, discuss climate change, spotlighting the power we all have in tackling this issue and empowering young people to take an active role in positive change at the Lester B Pearson Theatre in the Brampton Civic Centre.
For ages 10+
Our free, in-person sessions take place at Brampton Civic Centre (Lester B Pearson Theatre and Brampton Library’s Chinguacousy Branch). Registration is encouraged.
Originally from Australia and Indonesia, Michelle’s home-base has been in Toronto since 2000. Her highly acclaimed middle-grade novels include The Theory of Hummingbirds, Girl of the Southern Sea and Music for Tigers. Her books have earned many nominations, including the Governor General’s Literary Awards, USBBY Outstanding International books, Green Earth Book Awards and a Malka Penn Award for human rights in children’s literature. Her debut picture book, Room for More, was published in July 2022 and a new middle-grade novel, Berani, released in August 2022.
Dr. Soren Brothers is the Allan and Helaine Shiff Curator of Climate Change at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Soren’s research examines the effects of climate change on lakes, and how changes in lakes can influence their greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere.
Ainara Alleyne is a 13-year-old elementary student from Hamilton Ontario. Ainara curates the Instagram page @ainarasbookshelf, where she highlights books for young people whose authors and main characters are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, differently abled and other underrepresented minorities. Ainara posts reviews, recommendations, and author interviews in an effort to share diverse stories with a broader audience. She believes that by experiencing other cultures and perspectives through books, we can not only acknowledge our differences but be able to understand and embrace them.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.
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.
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.
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.
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.