The Festival of Literary Diversity - The FOLD

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

Presented by Audible Canada

May 1 - June 15, 2021


The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) celebrates Canadian and international authors with forty events that prioritize underrepresented authors and storytellers from around the world.

The 2021 festival took place live online from May 1-15.

All festival sessions are available in replay mode on the festival platform until June 15.

Festival events include panels, discussions, workshops, and interactive events that allow guests from across Canada and around the world to participate in the festival on a brand new virtual platform. All festival events will be close-captioned.

The festival also included virtual networking events for aspiring, emerging and established writers.

Individual all-access passes for all festival events are $39.

You can also bundle 5 all-access passes for $175.

Click Here to Register for Your All Access Pass.

Recordings from all of the festival events, including a special library of pre-recorded events from festival partners, are available to watch and re-watch until June 15, 2021.

Click here to see a list of the powerful authors, poets and storytellers that took part in this year’s festival.

Click here to see a complete schedule of the FOLD 2021 festival events.

Click here for a PDF version of the festival schedule.




  • Festival Registration Opens
  • March 25
  • School Group Registration Opens
  • March 25


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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