The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) celebrates Canadian and international authors every year at its flagship festival in May.
The festival includes panels, discussions, workshops, and interactive events that allow guests from across Canada and around the world to participate. The festival delivered in-person events for four festivals and presented virtual events for two years in response to the pandemic, and since 2022, the festival has presented more than thirty events annually in a multi-modal format, beginning with a virtual festival and transitioning into in-person events later in the week.
The 2024 festival will return April 28 – May 5. Events April 28 to May 1 will be virtual, while events May 2-5 will be offered in-person.
- Festival Registration Opens
- March 20, 2024
- School Group Registration Opens
- February 15, 2024
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.Learn More
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.