17. Let's Talk About Faith - The FOLD

17. Let’s Talk About Faith

Virtual Event

Description

Three acclaimed writers — Omar Mouallem, Mariam S. Pal and Sydney Hegele — discuss their journeys as writers and explore how their interests and beliefs shape what they choose to write about.

Date: May 4, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm ET

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Featured Speaker(s)

An elderly Indian woman with white hair and black-rimmed glasses, She wears a black top and a beaded necklace.
Mariam S. Pal
Bio
Photo of author Omar Mouallem--a young Lebanese-Canadian man with short dark hair, a small beard, and glasses
Omar Mouallem
Bio
A white non-binary individual who is female-passing, with long brown hair gathered up in a knot, wearing a deep yellow blouse with a ruffled beck and dangling earrings.
Sydney Hegele
Bio
Jenna Tenn-Yuk
Jenna Tenn-Yuk
Bio
An elderly Indian woman with white hair and black-rimmed glasses, She wears a black top and a beaded necklace.

Mariam S. Pal

Author of Ballet is not for Muslim Girls, Mariam S. Pal grew up in Victoria but moved to Montréal to study economics at McGill. After two decades working in international development and relocating to both Africa and Asia, she returned to Montreal, earning her law degree from McGill. Mariam is now retired from her second career with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and lives in Montréal with her husband Eli. Mariam is working on her second book, a memoir of her life in international development: Eating Pineapple Upside Down Cake in Monrovia.

Photo of author Omar Mouallem--a young Lebanese-Canadian man with short dark hair, a small beard, and glasses

Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem is an author, filmmaker, and educator. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, WIRED, and NewYorker.com, and his latest book, Praying to the West, was named one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2021. His documentary The Last Baron, about the unlikely link between a Canadian fast-food institution and the Lebanese civil war, was hailed as “one of the best Canadian food documentaries” by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Omar is also the “fake dean” of Pandemic University, a virtual school he founded in support of writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his family.

A white non-binary individual who is female-passing, with long brown hair gathered up in a knot, wearing a deep yellow blouse with a ruffled beck and dangling earrings.

Sydney Hegele

Sydney Hegele (they/them) is the author of The Pump, published by Invisible Publishing in 2021. They live in Toronto, Canada with their fiancé and French bulldog. They are an alumnus of the Tin House Summer Workshop (2021) and the Lighthouse Summer Workshop under Sheila Heti (2021).

Jenna Tenn-Yuk

Jenna Tenn-Yuk

Jenna Tenn-Yuk is a writer, speaker and facilitator who empowers people to share their stories and truths. She has spoken at Harvard, The Walrus Talks and TEDx, exploring the complexities of race, queerness and faith. Her writing has appeared in Broadview, CBC, the Ottawa Citizen and The Huffington Post. She is the founder of Queer Sunday, a community for QTBIPOC people of faith. Jenna believes in the power of storytelling to break silences, connect people and change the world around us.

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Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag

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Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater

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Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

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