Schedule - The FOLD
Virtual Book Fest 2021

Schedule

A list of the incredible virtual events for the 2021 FOLD Kids Book Fest.

Description

The FOLD Kids Book Fest will take place from November 4-7, 2021 on a brand new virtual platform. This year’s festival includes interactive events for kids and classrooms, all-ages family events to watch from home, and virtual workshops for children, authors, and educators. More than thirty authors, illustrators and storytellers will be available for live conversation, covering everything from bats and rats to writing rap lyrics.

Registration is now open. Teachers registering from Waterloo Region District School Board and Upper Grand District School Board should grab the registration code from their board.

Schedule

Wednesday, November 3
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1. FREE PREVIEW: Crisis in the Classroom

Online

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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BONUS REPLAY: What’s the Buzz: 2021’s Must-Read Kid Lit Titles

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BONUS REPLAY: Social Media for Authors with Liselle Sambury

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Thursday, November 4
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2. We Move Together

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9:30 am - 10:30 am

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3. Fashion Forward: Christian Allaire on the Power of Style

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11:00 am - 11:45 am

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4. The Illustrator Battle

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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5. Creating Comics with Rosena Fung

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6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

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6. Alternate Pasts and Magical Futures in Young Adult Fiction

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8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Friday, November 5
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7. Storytelling with Njacko Backo: French Learning Event

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9:30 am - 10:15 am

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8. Magic and Marvel in Indigenous Fantasy

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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9. Making Memories in Middle Grade Fiction

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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10. ASL Storytime with Gaitrie Persaud

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5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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11. Come Read with Me: Pajama Party

FKBF Virtual Platform

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 6
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12. An Urban Ecology Field Trip with Dr. Cylita Guy

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10:00 am - 10:45 am

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13. Writing Rhymes with Khodi Dill: A Rap Workshop

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12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

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14. Growing Up Trans

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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15. Mixed Bag Mayhem: A Ripple Foundation Writing Workshop

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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Omar Mouallem

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16. A Whole New World: Stories of Borders and Belonging

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8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Sunday, November 7
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17. Making a Picture Book: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

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10:00 am - 11:15 am

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18. Teaching Disability Justice

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12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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19. Writing Great Fantasy with Sarah Raughley

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2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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20. Teaching STEM Through Storytelling

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4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

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21. Tackling Problems in Publishing

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6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

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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