Schedule - The FOLD
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Schedule

A list of sixteen virtual events for the 2020 FOLD Kids Book Fest.

Description

The FOLD Kids Book Fest holds a variety of different literary events during the first weekend in October. Events include panels, interactive arts and music events, and more.

This year, all festival events will take place online.

All Eventbrite registrants will automatically be registered for the corresponding Zoom webinar.

Schedule

Saturday, September 26
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1. Fantastic Fiction for Young Readers [10+]

Online

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A young Muslim woman in a patterend dress and white hijab.

Nafiza Azad

AN Indigenous man with hair pulled back in a ponytail. He wears a dark grey suitjacket and a purple collared shirt.

Michael Hutchinson

An Indigenous man with a goatee and dark-rimmed glasses smiels against a white background.

David A. Robertson

A Muslim woman in a purple dress and white hijab.

Uzma Jalaluddin

Thursday, October 1
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2. What’s the Buzz? [For Adults]

Online

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.

Ardo Omer

A white woman with brown hair pulled back in a ponytail smiles at the camera. She is wearing a blue t-shirt.

Toni Duval

A young BLack man with short hair and a goatee. He wears a bright yellow hoodie.

Khary Mathurin

Friday, October 2
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3. Cherishing Indigenous Languages in Picture Books [For Adults]

Online

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An Indigenous man with a goatee and dark-rimmed glasses smiels against a white background.

David A. Robertson

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair sits against a misty lake background.

Jennifer Leason

An Indigenous man wearing a checkered sweater and dark-rimmed glasses.

Dallas Hunt

An Indigenous man with long dark hair in a ponytail. He stands against a bright winter tree background.

Waubgeshig Rice

Saturday, October 3
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4. Doodle With Me [6+]

Online

10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Debbie Ohi

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5. Not So Different [6+]

Online

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A young white man wearing an orange toque and sitting in a power wheelchair.

Shane Burcaw

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6. Writing Workshop for Young Writers [12-18 yo]

Online

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A Indigenous man wearing a white buttoned shirt and a brown beaded vest.

Richard Van Camp

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7. Writing KidLit Workshop [For Adults]

Online

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

An Asiam woman in a light beige turtleneck.

Jillian Tamaki

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8. The Big Birthday Bash [4+]

Online

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A young Black woman smiles and frames her face with her hands against a dark background.

Danielle Murrell Cox

A young Black woman smiles against a leafy green background

Yolanda T. Marshall

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9. This Really Happened: True-to-Life Stories for Young Readers [12+]

Online

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

An Indian woman in a white tank top, standing against a brick wall.

Tina Athaide

A black and white photo of a young Black man, smiling against a black background.

Michel Chikwanine

A black and white photo of an Asian woman with long dark hair.

June Hur

A white woman with long brown hair stands smiling against a brick wall.

Michelle Kadarusman

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10. One Earth: Youth Rally for the Planet [All Ages]

Online

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

An Indian woman with brown skin and dark hair looks at the camera from an angel, surrounded by leafy green trees.

Anuradha Rao

A Black woman sitting and wearing a black tank top.

Kendi Borona

A close-up of a Black woman with her face to the sun and wearing a hat

Dominique Edwards

A south asian woman wearing a green hijab and a grey sweater with flowers

Nana Firman

A faraway shot of a woman in a red winter jacket standing in winter jacket and a tree behind her

Nitya Chari Harris

A south asian man with a red dress shirt under a grey and black cardigan

Sameer Muldeen

A young asian man outside wearing a grey t-shirt under a black quilted jacket

Brandon Nguyen

A Black woman outside wearing an orange sweater and a cap standing next to a police officer

Willi Nolan-Campbell

An indian woman carring a cat and wearing a floral shirt. The image is in black and white.

Dipani Sutaria

A south asian woman wearing a sleeveless blue shirt with a beach behind her

Kim Sander Wright

An asian man wearing a dark blue shirt

Ken Wu

Headshot of William Padilla-Brown. He's a Black man with short dreads and wearing a white long sleeved shirt outside.

William Padilla-Brown

Sunday, October 4
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11. Power Poems for Small Humans [6+]

Online

10:00 am - 11:00 am

A young BLack woman with a large Afro stands against a bright window.

Britta Badour

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12. Our Little Kitchen [All Ages]

Online

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

An Asiam woman in a light beige turtleneck.

Jillian Tamaki

A black and white photo of an Indian woman

Joshna Maharaj

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13. Learn to Illustrate Workshop [14+]

Online

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

An Asian woman with a short bob sits in the middle of a gallery of art sculptures. She wears a blue denim jacket and blue jeans.

Soyeon Kim

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14. Young Readers Book Club with Nafiza Azad [12+]

Online

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A young Muslim woman in a patterend dress and white hijab.

Nafiza Azad

A young biracial girl with long curly brown hair.

Ainara Alleyne

A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.

Ardo Omer

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15. Buffy Sainte Marie presents Hey Little Rockabye [0+]

Online

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A middle-aged Indigenous woman in a black leather jacket. She is smiling and has red streaks in her long dark hair.

Buffy Sainte-Marie

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16. After Hours: Getting Reel with Adam Garnet Jones [15+]

Online

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An Indigenous man in a red sweatshirt.

Adam Garnet Jones

Hayley Moody

A photo of an older South Asian woman in front a dark blue background wearing a blakc blouse with a white pattern.

Anu Radha Verma

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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