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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) celebrates Canadian and international authors and features panels, discussions, workshops, and interactive events that allow guests from across Canada and around the world to participate in both virtual and in-person events.

The 2023 festival will run April 30 – May 7.

Dedicated virtual events, with a range of panels, workshops, and networking events, will take place from April 30 – May 3.

In-person events, many live-streamed and recorded for virtual passholders, will take place in Brampton, Ontario at the city’s beautiful Rose Theatre from May 4 – 7, 2023.

All virtual and hybrid events will be available on-demand until June 7, 2023.

Registration for all events opens March 23, 2023.

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A Virtual Festival Experience Like No Other

The Festival of Literary Diversity offers a unique festival experience featuring panels, workshops, contests, exhibitors and more on an incredible and easy-to-use virtual platform you can access on your web browser or the vFairs mobile app.

FOLD 2023 on the vFairs Virtual Festival Platform

Get the vFairs Mobile App for iPhone and Android

Download the vFairs mobile app for iPhone or Android so you can access festival events on your mobile phone.

Note: You do not have to use the app to access festival events. You can access via web browser on any device.


Important Festival Announcements

Important Announcements about the 2023 Festival of Literary Diversity from FOLD Executive Director Jael Richardson and Communications and Development Coordinator Amanda Leduc

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  • Festival Registration Opens
  • March 23, 2023


The FOLD is committed to providing a meaningful experience for all of our guests at our festivals and at our year-round programs. We only use spaces that are wheelchair accessible and come equipped with ramp or ground level entrances, gender-neutral washrooms, dedicated accessibility parking spaces, and e-button access on doors.

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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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