12. Memoirs on Motherhood - The FOLD

12. Memoirs on Motherhood

Virtual Event

Description

Three writers with incredible family stories–Suzanne Barr, Anais Granofsky and Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr–join forces in a powerful panel discussing their recent memoirs. In a conversation on thestories that shaped their past and their present, they’ll discuss what it was like to write their mothers into the pages of a memoir and what they learned along the way.

Date: May 3, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm ET

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Featured Speaker(s)

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Anais Granofsky
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A photo of author Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr--a young Black woman wearing a gold headscarf, green dress, and glowing golden jewelry
Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr
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Suzanne Barr
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A Black woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and a jean jacket over a white floral patterend top. She is speaking to someone off camera and has her chin resting in her right hand.
Karen Richardson Mason
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A photo of a middle-aged biracial woman with curly dark hair held in a red scarf and wearing a red shirt.

Anais Granofsky

Anais Granofsky is an actor, director, producer and writer. Best known for her role as Lucy Fernandez on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, she has directed and starred in a number of films. She is also developing a fictional TV series loosely based on her childhood. The Girl in the Middle is Granofsky’s first book.

A photo of author Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr--a young Black woman wearing a gold headscarf, green dress, and glowing golden jewelry

Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr

Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr is a speaker, author, and consultant with a passion for human development and connection. Her latest book is I Am Because We Are, out now with House of Anansi Press. She is the founder of She ROARs, an organization committed to coaching women of colour around the world to connect to their intuition and purpose. Her work is focused on harnessing the power of our interdependence with a foundation in the humanist African philosophy of Ubuntu, which celebrates our shared humanity. Chidiogo has lived and worked across four continents and speaks seven languages, including Mandarin, German, Spanish, and French, allowing for an even deeper connection with people. She led the growth and impact of the Global Shapers Community across Africa and the Middle East.

A Black woman with hair caught up in a colourful scarf. She stands against bright floral wallpaper.

Suzanne Barr

Suzanne Barr is one of North America’s most respected chefs with a signature flair for fresh comfort food. Her latest book is My Ackee Tree: A Chef’s Memoir of Finding Home In The Kitchen. Her food is a reflection of her roots and is ever evolving as she travels the world refining her culinary storytelling and personal education.

A Black woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and a jean jacket over a white floral patterend top. She is speaking to someone off camera and has her chin resting in her right hand.

Karen Richardson Mason

Where rhyme, wordplay and metaphor intersect, Karen found her voice and lent it to the stage for 20 years as a performance poet. Her work lies in arts and media spans radio, film, TV, print, and arts administration with a focus on opening doors for lesser-known creators. She co-edited T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers with Steven Green. Karen is a founding director of the FOLD Foundation. She holds degrees in Political Science and Journalism from McGill and University of Kings College, respectively. Karen lives in Brampton with her husband Kylan and two children.

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