The Festival of Literary Diversity - The FOLD
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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

Presented by Audible Canada

April 30 - May 3, 2020

Description

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) is held in Brampton, Canada, during the first week of May. The four-day festival celebrates books and stories, with over 30 events that prioritize underrepresented authors and storytellers from around the world.

Festival events include panel discussions, workshops and networking events for aspiring, emerging and established writers.

New for FOLD 2020

  • The 2020 festival opens on Thursday, April 30 with school group events and an Opening Gala event at the Rose Theatre
  • Friday, May 1, the festival partners with the Rose Theatre for a performance, conversation, and book signing with author and Juno-nominated throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
  • Saturday events are held at the Rose Theatre and Algoma University’s Brampton, beginning at 9:30am and continuing all the way until midnight, with workshops and panels designed for readers and writers at all stages
  • In addition to fabulous panel discussions and our annual Writer’s Hub on Sunday, May 3 at Brampton’s City Hall, you won’t want to miss this year’s closing event as the festival partners with Quill & Quire magazine to celebrate it’s fifth anniversary.
  • NEW! This year’s festival will feature an Emerging Voices Track on Saturday, May 2 for writers age 18-25 which includes peer-to-peer and professional networking opportunities.

The FOLD 2020 schedule drops when registration opens on March 10. Guests will be able to purchase tickets for individual events or save money with our festival passes.

 

How to Get There

Guests who are driving to the festival will enjoy FREE parking in downtown Brampton’s municipal parking garages. All FOLD venues are also accessible by GO Transit, with stops within 100 metres of all festival venues.

Guests who are coming from out of town can explore a wide range of hotels, including Courtyard Marriott where a discount has been built in for FOLD guests who book by April 15.

 

Registration

  • Festival Registration Opens
  • March 10
  • School Group Registration Opens
  • February 7

Accessibility

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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I found the FOLD very well organized and put together. I enjoyed attending the panels and was fortunate to meet several other like-minded authors during panels of my own. One of my most rewarding experiences was the Teen Track event, where I had the opportunity to connect with young writers from schools. The FOLD brings together all that is great in Canadian literature, with artists from multiple experiences and backgrounds. I am sure that, with its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, the festival will only grow better in the years to come.

Tanaz Bhathena, author of A Girl Like That

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

L Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

This book [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

I felt this festival was very special. 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, winner of the 2019 Giller Prize

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. I’ve been fortunate to participate in the FOLD twice now, and each experience has been a major highlight of my literary career. I felt right at home!

Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon Of The Crusted Snow

Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. I can’t understate how much 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. My sincerest thanks to everyone at the FOLD for championing diverse authors and stories!

Ann Y.K. Choi, author of Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

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