18. Grappling with Grief and Mental Health in Young Adult Fiction - School Group Event - The FOLD

18. Grappling with Grief and Mental Health in Young Adult Fiction – School Group Event

Virtual Event

Description

In a candid panel conversation with young adult writers Kern Carter, Abdi Nazemian and Mary-Lou Zeitoun, students and educators alike will hear about the importance of careful and critical conversations on grief and mental health, and the role novels can play in cultivating safe spaces for open dialogue.

This event is geared towards high school students.

Date: May 5, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am ET

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Featured Speaker(s)

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Abdi Nazemian
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A young Black man with a shaved head and a small goatee. He wears a white t-shirt and is sitting outside. In the background is a lush green tree.
Kern Carter
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A photo of author Mary-Lou Zeitoun--a middle-aged Palestinian woman with dark hair and hazel eyes
Mary-Lou Zeitoun
Bio
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Alyssa Gray-Tyghter
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Photo of a middle-aged Iranian-American man with short dark hair, wearing a light blue button-ed up shirt. He sits outside against a suburban house background.

Abdi Nazemian

Abdi Nazemian is the author of four novels. His first, The Walk-In Closet, won a Lambda Literary Award. His most recent, Like a Love Story, was awarded a Stonewall Honor, and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible, Buzzfeed, the New York Public Library and more. His screenwriting credits include the films The Artist’s Wife, The Quiet, and Menendez: Blood Brothers, and the television series Ordinary Joe, The Village and Almost Family. He has been an executive producer and / or associate producer on numerous films, including Call Me By Your Name.

A young Black man with a shaved head and a small goatee. He wears a white t-shirt and is sitting outside. In the background is a lush green tree.

Kern Carter

Kern Carter is a full-time freelance writer and author who has written and self-published two novels — Thoughts of a Fractured Soul (novella) and Beauty Scars. His latest book is Boys And Girls Screaming. When Kern isn’t penning novels, he curates stories through CRY Magazine, his online publication that creates space for artists to navigate through the emotions of their creative journey. He lives in downtown Toronto with his nineteen-year-old daughter.

A photo of author Mary-Lou Zeitoun--a middle-aged Palestinian woman with dark hair and hazel eyes

Mary-Lou Zeitoun

Mary-Lou Zeitoun is a Palestinian Canadian author, essayist, arts journalist and activist. Her latest book is Jamilah At The End of The World. Her novel 13 was the YA winner of the 2008 New England Book festival award and she has published her more recent fiction in Taddle Creek and Canadian Notes and Queries.

A Black woman with long dark hair stands against a brick wall, looking over her right shoulder. She wears a pink shirt and a light denim jacket.

Alyssa Gray-Tyghter

Alyssa Gray-Tyghter (she/her) is an educator, writer, speaker, and PhD student. For the last 10 years, she has taught a variety of subjects in a public middle school in Peel where she is now a guidance counsellor. In 2020, she began a series on Instagram (@AlyssaGTyghter) titled #HerstoricallySpeaking where she tackled Canadian Black History, Indigenous Stories, and other racialized communities in Canada. Her current research focuses of Black girlhood, identity, and belonging in Canada.

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