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Registration

An overview of the festival schedule and speakers.

Event Details

The 2021 Festival of Literary Diversity will take place on an exciting new virtual platform which will feature forty events from May 1 – 15. Participants will be able to view events live; they will also be able to watch videos on-demand until May 30.

The new virtual experience boasts an interactive Lounge, an Exhibit Hall and new festival features like a virtual leaderboard and live chat functionality between guests and with booth reps in the publishing industry.

Individual passes are $39. The first 100 festival registrants in Canada will also receive a special FOLD 2021 gift pack. This year, we’ve added an opportunity to bundle passes with our 5 for $175 option. Register for the festival by May 1 and receive 2000 points on the leaderboard.

Click Here to Register for Your All Access Passes.

Patron Passes are also available to those in need.

Head to thefoldcanada.org/schoolgroups for more information on bringing a class to the festival.

School Group Events

This year’s festival will feature four events geared towards students graduating from middle school and currently enrolled in high school. If you don’t see your board listed below, you can register your class. Teachers will receive unique codes for their class, which will provide each student with access to the platform for the live event only.

Educators in the Peel District School Board, the Halton District School Board and the Upper Grand District School Board, should check their message board or emails for instructions on how to register for FOLD events or by emailing kids@thefoldcanada.org.

Schedule

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1. PREVIEW EVENT: Writers on Place and Belonging

Online

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

A young Black woman stands in a landscape dotted with trees.

francesca ekwuyasi

A black-and-white photo of amiddle-aged Iranian woman with long dark curly hair.

Yara El-Ghadban

A dark-haired CHinese man rests his head in his left hand and smiles. He wears a black blazer over a grey shirt.

Sheung-King

A Surian man with close-cropped hair and a small goatee. He wears a blue button-up shirt.

Danny Ramadan

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2. PREVIEW EVENT: The Poet’s Gallery

Online

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A Black man with cropped hair. He wears a denim jacket over a white skirt and is standing against a white background.

Eddie Lartey

A photo of a Black and Indiegnous woman with curly dark brown hair in a side profile, looking off to the left-hand side of the screen.

Jayda Marley

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

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3. Writers on Community and Isolation Part 1

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

A photo of author Ben Philippe--a young Black man with a buzz cut and a small goatee. He sits against a bright blue background.

Ben Philippe

A young Black woman with dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a dark blue turtleneck sweater top.

Eternity Martis

a black and white photo of a Black man with short hair and a small goatee. He wears a white shirt underneath a black leather jacket.

Antonio Michael Downing

A young Black woman sits outside surrounded by leafy green and violet bushes.

Makda Mulatu

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4. Ask Eden Robinson

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and glasses stands against a colourful fall backdrop.

Eden Robinson

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.

Jessica Johns

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5. Poetry and the Poetics of Hope with Brandon Wint

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.

Brandon Wint

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6. Tough Topics for Teens with Tanya Boteju

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

A biracial woman with a dark buzz cut sits with her hands around a mug of coffee.

Tanya Boteju

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7. Writers on Community & Isolation Part 2

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.

Brandon Wint

A black and white photo of a Black man with long dreads sitting on a wooden chair.

Syrus Marcus Ware

A middle-aged white woman with shoulder-length grey-brown hair. She wears a dark long-sleeved shirt and a green scarf.

Kim Clark

A black and white photo of a young fair-haired white man with glasses.

Dominik Parisien

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8. The No-Fear Approach to Writing Book Proposals

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

A young Black woman with dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a dark blue turtleneck sweater top.

Eternity Martis

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A young Black woman with shoulder-length dark hair and bangs. She wears a grey shirt and stands in front of a bookshelf.

Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

A dark-haired Filipino man with a moustache and scruffy beard smiles gently in front of a window.

Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

Amanda Orozco

Claire Harris_headshot_official

Claire Harris

A young Asian woman with blonde hair. She wears a white blouse and dark pants.

Lily Chu

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

A Black man with a shaved head and glasses.

Evan Winter

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Anita Chong

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Jim Gifford

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Janie Yoon

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10. One-on-One with Marci Ien

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Black woman in a deep red blouse smiles widely at the camera.

Marci Ien

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Lainey Lui

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11. Big and Beautiful Bodies

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

A blonde large-bodied white woman against a black backdrop. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and a bright blue cardigan.

Christina Myers

A black-and-white photo of an individual with long braids.

Rabbit Richards

A mixed-race woman stands against a beige background. She wears a dark collared t-shirt.

Sonja Boon

A white non-binary individual with short hair brown and glasses.

Jo Jefferson

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12. Navigating the Publishing Industry

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

A young Black woman with chin-length bobbed hair in dreads. She wears a bright red dress.

Léonicka Valcius

A black-and-white picture of a non-binary individual with glasses and short curly hair.

Ronan Sadler

A young Indian woman with long brown hair and hazel eyes sits against a brick background.

Aeman Ansari

A dark-haired Filipino man with a moustache and scruffy beard smiles gently in front of a window.

Bryan Ibeas

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13. Decolonizing Editing

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

A white non-binary individual with close-croppsed brown hair looks off into the distance and smiles. They are wearing a blue t-shirt and overalls.

andrea bennett

A young Asian woman wears a black and white scoop beck tank top and stands against a white background. She wears glasses.

Iva Cheung

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.

Jessica Johns

A black-and-white picture of a non-binary individual with glasses and short curly hair.

Ronan Sadler

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

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14. Writers on Hope and History

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

A Black woman in a light green t-shirt top. She smiles at the camera and stands against a tree backdrop.

Cheryl Thompson

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

A young Black woman with chin-length bobbed hair in dreads. She wears a bright red dress.

Léonicka Valcius

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15. Writers on Loss and Grief

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

A young Filipino-Canadian woman smies on a sandy beach. She wears a dark blue shirt.

Therese Estacion

A young white woman stands beside a tree trunk and smiles. She wears a green button-down shift top and a cream cardigan. She has long curly brown hair.

Amanda Leduc

A biracial Japanses-Canadian woman with short dark hair stands against a dark grey textured wall. She wears a dark blue button-down shirt.

Kimiko Tobimatsu

A biracial woman with a dark buzz cut sits with her hands around a mug of coffee.

Tanya Boteju

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16. Anti-Oppressive Copyediting with andrea bennett

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

A white non-binary individual with close-croppsed brown hair looks off into the distance and smiles. They are wearing a blue t-shirt and overalls.

andrea bennett

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17. The Power and Possibility of Fiction

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

A biracial woman with a dark buzz cut sits with her hands around a mug of coffee.

Tanya Boteju

A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.

Cole Pauls

A young Asian woman stands against a light beige-grey wall. She wears an orange long-sleeved shit and has long dark hair.

Sarah Suk

A young Black man with short hair and a small goatee sits outside beneath a tree against a leafy green background.

Khary Mathurin

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18. Writers on Danger and Uncertainty

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

A young Black woman stands against a white background. She wears a long-sleeved purple dress.

Nekesa Afia

A white woman with long dark hair and clear glasses.

Carrie Jenkins

A young Black woman with long braids. She wears a dark purple shirt with a pink pattern on it.

Nadine Matheson

A middle-aged blonde woman stands by a large window.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

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19. Writers on Mystery and Magic

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

An Indian woman stands against a deep red backdrop, smiling.

Ausma Zehanat Khan

A Black man with a shaved head and glasses.

Evan Winter

A biracial Filipino woman with dark hair and glasses stands against a leafy green background.

Samantha Garner

A young Black womann with clear glasses and long brown braids.

Terese Mason Pierre

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20. The Spoken Word Showcase

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

A Black indigenous woman with lond dark hair stands against a muralled wall and looks off to her right side with her hand clasped under her chin. She wears a black baseball cap.

Mahlikah Awe:ri

A Black man with cropped hair. He wears a denim jacket over a white skirt and is standing against a white background.

Eddie Lartey

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

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21. Lost in Translation

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

A black-and-white photo of amiddle-aged Iranian woman with long dark curly hair.

Yara El-Ghadban

A black-and-white photo of an Iranian man with dark hair and glasses.

Bilal Hashmi

A young Indian woman with dark curly hair, wearing an orange, black, and white checkered top, smiles against a blue background window.

Oonya Kempadoo

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

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22. Writers on Truth and Curiosity

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

An Indian woman with curly dark hair and a white linen blouse stands against a brick wall backdrop.

Bahar Orang

A young ASian-Canadian man with short dark hair stands against a dark blue background. He wears an orange scoop-necked shirt.

Jonny Sun

A young Asian woman with dark hair and bangs. She wears a denim shirt and holds a dark blue stuffie.

Meichi Ng

A white non-binary individual with close-croppsed brown hair looks off into the distance and smiles. They are wearing a blue t-shirt and overalls.

andrea bennett

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23. Behind the Story of Dwayne “Dero” De Rosario

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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Dwayne De Rosario

A white man with short brown hair stands against a white backdrop. He wears a dark grey plaiud suit.

Brendan Dunlop

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24. Setting the Scene in Fiction with H. Nigel Thomas

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

A senior Black man with a beard stands against a leafy green cityscape. He wears a black shirt and a brown blazer and clear glasses.

H. Nigel Thomas

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25. Made in Brampton

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

A Black woman with long braids and a brown fedora.

Trey Anthony

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Louisa Onomé

A middle-aged Black man is sitting on a stool and smiling against a black background. He wears a button-down dark blue shirt.

Ian Williams

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

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26. The Illustrator Battle

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

A young Asian-Canadian man in a dark blue button-down shirt.

Jason Loo

A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.

Cole Pauls

A young Indian-Canadian woman stands against a backdrop of lush pink and purple flowers. She has long brown hair and wears a white t-shirt blouse buttoned down the front.

Anoosha Syed

A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.

Ardo Omer

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27. Writers on the Beauty of Transformation

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

A middle-aged Iranian woman with dark hair and dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Shani Mootoo

A senior Black man with a beard stands against a leafy green cityscape. He wears a black shirt and a brown blazer and clear glasses.

H. Nigel Thomas

The face and bare shoulders of a young Black woman with short hair. The photo has a yellow tint.

Tawhida Tanya Evanson

A blonde White woman in a long-sleeved back shirt stands leaning against a light grey wall.

Rachel Giese

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28. The Translation Duel

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

A white woman with brown hair and bangs, wearing dark-rummed glasses.

Arianne Des Rochers

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

A middle-aged Black man with greying hair and glasses sits leaning in towards a microphone.

Stanley Péan

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Luciana Erregue

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29. Cooking with Shahir Massoud

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

A dark-haired Egyptian man stands in a kitchen kneading dough. He wears a black t-shirt.

Shahir Massoud

A Black man with long dreads and a grey beard. He wears black-rimmed glasses and a beige sweater and is standing outside.

Rinaldo Walcott

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30. Horror Writing and Indigenous Storytelling with Nathan Adler

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

A young Indigenous man with short brown hair, a beard and glasses stands against a grove of naked birch trees in winter.

Nathan Adler

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31. The Premiere of Sufferance with Thomas King

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

An elderly Indigenous man with glasses and greying hair sits at a computer. He wears a white button-down shirt and jeans.

Thomas King

A middle-aged white woman with long golden brown hair stands with her left arm resting on a railing. She is outside, and wears a dark cardigan with a light blue scarf.

Shelagh Rogers

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32. Writers on Fear and Monsters

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

A young Indigenous man with short brown hair, a beard and glasses stands against a grove of naked birch trees in winter.

Nathan Adler

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

A dark-haired young Mexican woman sits on a fallen log of driftwood. She wears dark rimmed glasses and a black blouse over a multi-coloured skirt.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A black and white photo of a young white woman with chin-length brown hair. She holds her hands up arounnd her head and smiles.

K.J. Aiello

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33. Poets on the Body

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

An Iran-Canadian man with dark hair and a small beard seated outside under a tree. he wears a wide-brimmed hat.

Bardia Sinaee

A Black woman with long braids.

Bunmi Laditan

A young Black woman stands against a tiled wall holding a copy of a book titled BURNING SUGAR.

Cicely Belle Blain

A black and white photo of a young fair-haired white man with glasses.

Dominik Parisien

A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.

Brandon Wint

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and colourful beaded earrings.

Tenille K. Campbell

A young Guyanese woman with long dark hair looks off into the upper-right corner of the photograph.

Natasha Ramoutar

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34. Writing for Harlequin

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

A black and white photo of a young White woman with blonde hair and bangs. She is smiling.

Brittany Lavery

A biracial woman with curly brown hair and clear-rimmed glasses. She wears a black shirt under a grey cardigan.

Errin Toma

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35. Diversity in Romance Publishing

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

A stylized photo of a young Asian-Canadian woman. She wears a wide-brimmed hat and is looking down, away from the camera. The hat obscures most of her face.

Hudson Lin

A young Asian woman with blonde hair. She wears a white blouse and dark pants.

Lily Chu

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

A young BLack woman with short curly dark hair. She sits on a bench amd weats a blue and rose-coloured multi-print shirt.

Alicia Cox Thomson

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36. One-on-One with Jasmine Guillory

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Black womann with shoulder-length brown hair stands smiling, her left hand resting on her hip. She wears a purple and light blue shirt decorated in a zigzag pattern.

Jasmine Guillory

A young Black woman with chin-length bobbed hair in dreads. She wears a bright red dress.

Léonicka Valcius

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37. Building Your Author Brand with Sonali Dev

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

A middle-aged Indian woman with lond dark hair. She wears a black and red dress and a long golden pendant.

Sonali Dev

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38. Writers on Love and Longing

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

A young Black woman wearing a bright pink coat stands next to the cover for her latest novel, TIES THAT TETHER.

Jane Igharo

A middle-aged Indian woman in a beige hijab smiles against a white background. She has her arms crossed one ofver the other and wears a burgundy top.

Uzma Jalaluddin

A young Indian woman with long dark hair crosses her arms and smiles at the camera. She stands against a grey backdrop.

Sonya Lalli

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

Featured Speaker(s)

A young Black woman stands in a landscape dotted with trees.
francesca ekwuyasi
Bio
A black-and-white photo of amiddle-aged Iranian woman with long dark curly hair.
Yara El-Ghadban
Bio
A dark-haired CHinese man rests his head in his left hand and smiles. He wears a black blazer over a grey shirt.
Sheung-King
Bio
A Surian man with close-cropped hair and a small goatee. He wears a blue button-up shirt.
Danny Ramadan
Bio
A Black man with cropped hair. He wears a denim jacket over a white skirt and is standing against a white background.
Eddie Lartey
Bio
A photo of a Black and Indiegnous woman with curly dark brown hair in a side profile, looking off to the left-hand side of the screen.
Jayda Marley
Bio
A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.
Noyz
Bio
A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.
Lamoi
Bio
A photo of author Ben Philippe--a young Black man with a buzz cut and a small goatee. He sits against a bright blue background.
Ben Philippe
Bio
A young Black woman with dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a dark blue turtleneck sweater top.
Eternity Martis
Bio
a black and white photo of a Black man with short hair and a small goatee. He wears a white shirt underneath a black leather jacket.
Antonio Michael Downing
Bio
A young Black woman sits outside surrounded by leafy green and violet bushes.
Makda Mulatu
Bio
An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and glasses stands against a colourful fall backdrop.
Eden Robinson
Bio
An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.
Jessica Johns
Bio
A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.
Brandon Wint
Bio
A biracial woman with a dark buzz cut sits with her hands around a mug of coffee.
Tanya Boteju
Bio
A black and white photo of a Black man with long dreads sitting on a wooden chair.
Syrus Marcus Ware
Bio
A middle-aged white woman with shoulder-length grey-brown hair. She wears a dark long-sleeved shirt and a green scarf.
Kim Clark
Bio
A black and white photo of a young fair-haired white man with glasses.
Dominik Parisien
Bio
A young Black woman with shoulder-length dark hair and bangs. She wears a grey shirt and stands in front of a bookshelf.
Bianca Spence
Bio
Brian Lam-2020-credit Rebecca Blissett
Brian Lam
Bio
A dark-haired Filipino man with a moustache and scruffy beard smiles gently in front of a window.
Bryan Ibeas
Bio
Amanda Orozco
Amanda Orozco
Bio
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Claire Harris
Bio
A young Asian woman with blonde hair. She wears a white blouse and dark pants.
Lily Chu
Bio
A Black man with a shaved head and glasses.
Evan Winter
Bio
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Anita Chong
Bio
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Jim Gifford
Bio
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Janie Yoon
Bio
A Black woman in a deep red blouse smiles widely at the camera.
Marci Ien
Bio
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Lainey Lui
Bio
A blonde large-bodied white woman against a black backdrop. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and a bright blue cardigan.
Christina Myers
Bio
A black-and-white photo of an individual with long braids.
Rabbit Richards
Bio
A mixed-race woman stands against a beige background. She wears a dark collared t-shirt.
Sonja Boon
Bio
A white non-binary individual with short hair brown and glasses.
Jo Jefferson
Bio
A young Black woman with chin-length bobbed hair in dreads. She wears a bright red dress.
Léonicka Valcius
Bio
A black-and-white picture of a non-binary individual with glasses and short curly hair.
Ronan Sadler
Bio
A young Indian woman with long brown hair and hazel eyes sits against a brick background.
Aeman Ansari
Bio
A white non-binary individual with close-croppsed brown hair looks off into the distance and smiles. They are wearing a blue t-shirt and overalls.
andrea bennett
Bio
A young Asian woman wears a black and white scoop beck tank top and stands against a white background. She wears glasses.
Iva Cheung
Bio
A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.
Jael Richardson
Bio
A Black woman in a light green t-shirt top. She smiles at the camera and stands against a tree backdrop.
Cheryl Thompson
Bio
A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.
P. Djélì Clark
Bio
A young Filipino-Canadian woman smies on a sandy beach. She wears a dark blue shirt.
Therese Estacion
Bio
A young white woman stands beside a tree trunk and smiles. She wears a green button-down shift top and a cream cardigan. She has long curly brown hair.
Amanda Leduc
Bio
A biracial Japanses-Canadian woman with short dark hair stands against a dark grey textured wall. She wears a dark blue button-down shirt.
Kimiko Tobimatsu
Bio
A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.
Cole Pauls
Bio
A young Asian woman stands against a light beige-grey wall. She wears an orange long-sleeved shit and has long dark hair.
Sarah Suk
Bio
A young Black man with short hair and a small goatee sits outside beneath a tree against a leafy green background.
Khary Mathurin
Bio
A young Black woman stands against a white background. She wears a long-sleeved purple dress.
Nekesa Afia
Bio
A white woman with long dark hair and clear glasses.
Carrie Jenkins
Bio
A young Black woman with long braids. She wears a dark purple shirt with a pink pattern on it.
Nadine Matheson
Bio
A middle-aged blonde woman stands by a large window.
Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Bio
An Indian woman stands against a deep red backdrop, smiling.
Ausma Zehanat Khan
Bio
A biracial Filipino woman with dark hair and glasses stands against a leafy green background.
Samantha Garner
Bio
A young Black womann with clear glasses and long brown braids.
Terese Mason Pierre
Bio
A Black indigenous woman with lond dark hair stands against a muralled wall and looks off to her right side with her hand clasped under her chin. She wears a black baseball cap.
Mahlikah Awe:ri
Bio
A black-and-white photo of an Iranian man with dark hair and glasses.
Bilal Hashmi
Bio
A young Indian woman with dark curly hair, wearing an orange, black, and white checkered top, smiles against a blue background window.
Oonya Kempadoo
Bio
A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.
Dimitri Nasrallah
Bio
An Indian woman with curly dark hair and a white linen blouse stands against a brick wall backdrop.
Bahar Orang
Bio
A young ASian-Canadian man with short dark hair stands against a dark blue background. He wears an orange scoop-necked shirt.
Jonny Sun
Bio
A young Asian woman with dark hair and bangs. She wears a denim shirt and holds a dark blue stuffie.
Meichi Ng
Bio
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Dwayne De Rosario
Bio
A white man with short brown hair stands against a white backdrop. He wears a dark grey plaiud suit.
Brendan Dunlop
Bio
A senior Black man with a beard stands against a leafy green cityscape. He wears a black shirt and a brown blazer and clear glasses.
H. Nigel Thomas
Bio
A Black woman with long braids and a brown fedora.
Trey Anthony
Bio
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Louisa Onomé
Bio
A middle-aged Black man is sitting on a stool and smiling against a black background. He wears a button-down dark blue shirt.
Ian Williams
Bio
A young Asian-Canadian man in a dark blue button-down shirt.
Jason Loo
Bio
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Anoosha Syed
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Ardo Omer
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Shani Mootoo
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Rachel Giese
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Arianne Des Rochers
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Stanley Péan
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Luciana Erregue
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Shahir Massoud
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Rinaldo Walcott
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Nathan Adler
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Thomas King
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Shelagh Rogers
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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K.J. Aiello
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Bardia Sinaee
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Bunmi Laditan
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Cicely Belle Blain
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Tenille K. Campbell
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Natasha Ramoutar
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Brittany Lavery
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Errin Toma
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Hudson Lin
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Alicia Cox Thomson
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Jasmine Guillory
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Sonali Dev
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Sonya Lalli
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francesca ekwuyasi

francesca ekwuyasi is a writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her debut novel Butter Honey Pig Bread (Arsenal Pulp 2020) was long-listed for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and is a contender for the 2021 Canada Reads. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging. You may find some of her writing in the Puritan, Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, the Malahat Review, Visual Art News, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, GUTS magazine and elsewhere.

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1. PREVIEW EVENT: Writers on Place and Belonging

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

April 28, 2021

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francesca ekwuyasi

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Yara El-Ghadban

A dark-haired CHinese man rests his head in his left hand and smiles. He wears a black blazer over a grey shirt.

Sheung-King

A Surian man with close-cropped hair and a small goatee. He wears a blue button-up shirt.

Danny Ramadan

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Yara El-Ghadban

Palestinian Quebecker Yara El-Ghadban is an anthropologist by training but has been writing since she was thirteen. She is the author of three novels, of which I Am Ariel Sharon is the first to be translated into English. She won the Canada Council of the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in 2017, and in 2019 she was awarded the Blue Metropolis Literary Diversity Prize. She lives and writes in Montreal.

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1. PREVIEW EVENT: Writers on Place and Belonging

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

April 28, 2021

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francesca ekwuyasi

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Yara El-Ghadban

A dark-haired CHinese man rests his head in his left hand and smiles. He wears a black blazer over a grey shirt.

Sheung-King

A Surian man with close-cropped hair and a small goatee. He wears a blue button-up shirt.

Danny Ramadan

21. Lost in Translation

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 5, 2021

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Yara El-Ghadban

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Bilal Hashmi

A young Indian woman with dark curly hair, wearing an orange, black, and white checkered top, smiles against a blue background window.

Oonya Kempadoo

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

A dark-haired CHinese man rests his head in his left hand and smiles. He wears a black blazer over a grey shirt.

Sheung-King

Sheung-King, Aaron Tang’s debut novel, You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked., is longlisted for Canada Reads 2021 and named one of the best book debuts of 2020 by the Globe and MailHe teaches creative writing at the University of Guelph

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1. PREVIEW EVENT: Writers on Place and Belonging

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

April 28, 2021

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francesca ekwuyasi

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Yara El-Ghadban

A dark-haired CHinese man rests his head in his left hand and smiles. He wears a black blazer over a grey shirt.

Sheung-King

A Surian man with close-cropped hair and a small goatee. He wears a blue button-up shirt.

Danny Ramadan

A Surian man with close-cropped hair and a small goatee. He wears a blue button-up shirt.

Danny Ramadan

Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ-refugees advocate. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won multiple awards and was translated to French, German and Hebrew. His children’s book, Salma the Syrian Chef is named amongst the Best Books of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews and Library School Journal. His forthcoming novel, The Foghorn Echoes, will be released in Summer 2022.

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1. PREVIEW EVENT: Writers on Place and Belonging

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

April 28, 2021

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francesca ekwuyasi

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Yara El-Ghadban

A dark-haired CHinese man rests his head in his left hand and smiles. He wears a black blazer over a grey shirt.

Sheung-King

A Surian man with close-cropped hair and a small goatee. He wears a blue button-up shirt.

Danny Ramadan

A Black man with cropped hair. He wears a denim jacket over a white skirt and is standing against a white background.

Eddie Lartey

Eddie Lartey is a Hamiltonian wordsmith who is dedicated to and equally in love with poetic performance, community building. Eddie graduated from McMaster in 2015 from Political Science and Labour Studies and from Sheridan in 2017 with a diploma in HR Management. He is a founding member of Hamilton Youth Poets and has presented literary work and facilitated workshops across Canada and beyond. His poetry is a blend of heartfelt storytelling and literary wordplay.

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2. PREVIEW EVENT: The Poet’s Gallery

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

April 30, 2021

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Eddie Lartey

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Jayda Marley

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Noyz

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Lamoi

20. The Spoken Word Showcase

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

May 5, 2021

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Mahlikah Awe:ri

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Eddie Lartey

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Noyz

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

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Jayda Marley

Jayda Marley is a 19-year-old nationally acclaimed Afro-Indigenous poet of Ojibwe & Jamaican Descent, youth activist, and community healer from Tkaronto. As a former competing poet, Jayda holds the 1st place National championship title of “Voices of Today 2018.” She is also the founder and creative director of the new open mic series “For The Queer Coloured Girls After Me.” Most recently she is also one of the Founders of the Non-Profit movement Not Another Black Life.

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2. PREVIEW EVENT: The Poet’s Gallery

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

April 30, 2021

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Eddie Lartey

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Jayda Marley

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

Noyz is an author, rapper, spoken word artist, and community organizer from Brampton, Ontario. In addition to headlining shows in the US, UK, and across Canada, Noyz facilitates hip hop & mental health workshops where he engages with youth through the healing and transformational powers of music and songwriting.

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2. PREVIEW EVENT: The Poet’s Gallery

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

April 30, 2021

Online

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Eddie Lartey

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Jayda Marley

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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20. The Spoken Word Showcase

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Mahlikah Awe:ri

A Black man with cropped hair. He wears a denim jacket over a white skirt and is standing against a white background.

Eddie Lartey

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

Upcoming Events

2. PREVIEW EVENT: The Poet’s Gallery

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

April 30, 2021

Online

A Black man with cropped hair. He wears a denim jacket over a white skirt and is standing against a white background.

Eddie Lartey

A photo of a Black and Indiegnous woman with curly dark brown hair in a side profile, looking off to the left-hand side of the screen.

Jayda Marley

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

20. The Spoken Word Showcase

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A Black indigenous woman with lond dark hair stands against a muralled wall and looks off to her right side with her hand clasped under her chin. She wears a black baseball cap.

Mahlikah Awe:ri

A Black man with cropped hair. He wears a denim jacket over a white skirt and is standing against a white background.

Eddie Lartey

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

A photo of author Ben Philippe--a young Black man with a buzz cut and a small goatee. He sits against a bright blue background.

Ben Philippe

Ben Philippe is an author and screenwriter. Born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, Ben has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He has written two Young Adult novels: The Field Guide To The North American Teenager, which won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, and Charming as a Verb. Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend is his first adult nonfiction book.

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3. Writers on Community and Isolation Part 1

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 1, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Ben Philippe

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Eternity Martis

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Antonio Michael Downing

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Makda Mulatu

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Eternity Martis

Eternity Martis is an award-winning journalist and author of the bestselling book They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life and Growing Up. She is an Adjunct Professor and Journalist-in-Residence at UBC.

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3. Writers on Community and Isolation Part 1

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 1, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Ben Philippe

A young Black woman with dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a dark blue turtleneck sweater top.

Eternity Martis

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Antonio Michael Downing

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Makda Mulatu

8. The No-Fear Approach to Writing Book Proposals

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 2, 2021

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Eternity Martis

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Antonio Michael Downing

Antonio Michael Downing grew up in southern Trinidad, Northern Ontario, Brooklyn, and Kitchener. He is a musician, writer, and activist based in Toronto. His 2010 debut novel, Molasses (Blaurock Press), was published to critical acclaim. In 2017 he was named by the RBC Taylor Prize as one of Canada’s top Emerging Authors for nonfiction. His memoir Saga Boy was published by Penguin Random House Canada in January 2021 and his children’s picture book Stars In My Crown will be published by Tundra Books in Canada in 2021. He performs and composes music as John Orpheus.

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3. Writers on Community and Isolation Part 1

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 1, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Ben Philippe

A young Black woman with dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a dark blue turtleneck sweater top.

Eternity Martis

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Antonio Michael Downing

A young Black woman sits outside surrounded by leafy green and violet bushes.

Makda Mulatu

A young Black woman sits outside surrounded by leafy green and violet bushes.

Makda Mulatu

Makda Mulatu is a writer, editor, and podcast producer living on Treaty 6 territory in amiskwacîwâskahikan or Edmonton, Alberta. She writes mostly poetry — which has previously appeared in “Glass Buffalo” — and, alongside Jason Purcell, she co-produces the podcast “Glass Bookshop Radio”.

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3. Writers on Community and Isolation Part 1

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 1, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Ben Philippe

A young Black woman with dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a dark blue turtleneck sweater top.

Eternity Martis

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Antonio Michael Downing

A young Black woman sits outside surrounded by leafy green and violet bushes.

Makda Mulatu

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and glasses stands against a colourful fall backdrop.

Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson is a Haisla and Heiltsuk novelist. Her latest novel is Return of the Trickster, which is the final novel in a trilogy.

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4. Ask Eden Robinson

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 1, 2021

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Eden Robinson

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Jessica Johns

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.

Jessica Johns

Jessica Johns is a nehiyaw aunty with English-Irish ancestry and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. She is the Managing Editor for Room Magazine and a co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series. Her debut poetry chapbook, How Not to Spill, co-won the 2019 BP Nichol Chapbook Award, and her short story “Bad Cree” won the 2020 Writers’ Trust Journey Prize and won silver at the 2020 National Magazine Awards. Her first book, Bad Cree, is forthcoming with HarperCollins Canada in 2023.

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4. Ask Eden Robinson

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 1, 2021

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Eden Robinson

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.

Jessica Johns

13. Decolonizing Editing

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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A young Asian woman wears a black and white scoop beck tank top and stands against a white background. She wears glasses.

Iva Cheung

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.

Jessica Johns

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Ronan Sadler

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

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Brandon Wint

Brandon Wint is an Ontario born poet and spoken word artist who uses poetry to attend to the joy and devastation and inequity associated with this era of human and ecological history. Increasingly, his work on the page and in performance casts a tender but robust attention toward the movements and impacts of colonial, capitalist logic, and how they might be undone. In this way, Brandon Wint is devoted to a poetics of world making, world altering and world breaking. For Brandon, the written and spoken word is a tool for examining and enacting his sense of justice, and imagining less violence futures for himself and the world he has inherited. His first book of poetry, Divine Animal, is out now with Write Bloody North.

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5. Poetry and the Poetics of Hope with Brandon Wint

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 1, 2021

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Brandon Wint

7. Writers on Community & Isolation Part 2

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 1, 2021

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Brandon Wint

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Syrus Marcus Ware

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Kim Clark

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Dominik Parisien

33. Poets on the Body

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 8, 2021

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Bardia Sinaee

A Black woman with long braids.

Bunmi Laditan

A young Black woman stands against a tiled wall holding a copy of a book titled BURNING SUGAR.

Cicely Belle Blain

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Dominik Parisien

A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.

Brandon Wint

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and colourful beaded earrings.

Tenille K. Campbell

A young Guyanese woman with long dark hair looks off into the upper-right corner of the photograph.

Natasha Ramoutar

A biracial woman with a dark buzz cut sits with her hands around a mug of coffee.

Tanya Boteju

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, BC). Part-time, she teaches English to clever and sassy young people. The rest of her time, she writes and procrastinates from writing. Her novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens (Simon & Schuster, 2019), was named a Top Ten Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association. Her next YA novel, Bruised (Simon & Schuster, 2021), has been selected as a Gold Standard book by the Junior Library Guild. In both teaching and writing, she is committed to positive, diverse representation.

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6. Tough Topics for Teens with Tanya Boteju

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

May 1, 2021

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Tanya Boteju

15. Writers on Loss and Grief

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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Therese Estacion

A young white woman stands beside a tree trunk and smiles. She wears a green button-down shift top and a cream cardigan. She has long curly brown hair.

Amanda Leduc

A biracial Japanses-Canadian woman with short dark hair stands against a dark grey textured wall. She wears a dark blue button-down shirt.

Kimiko Tobimatsu

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Tanya Boteju

17. The Power and Possibility of Fiction

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 4, 2021

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Tanya Boteju

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Cole Pauls

A young Asian woman stands against a light beige-grey wall. She wears an orange long-sleeved shit and has long dark hair.

Sarah Suk

A young Black man with short hair and a small goatee sits outside beneath a tree against a leafy green background.

Khary Mathurin

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Syrus Marcus Ware

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture. He has shown in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He is the co-editor or the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020).

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7. Writers on Community & Isolation Part 2

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 1, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Brandon Wint

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Syrus Marcus Ware

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Kim Clark

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Dominik Parisien

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Kim Clark

Kim Clark is a Nanaimo author, poet and wheelchair gimp. Clark’s newest literary work, A One-Handed Novel (Caitlin Press), takes an edgy dive into disability, sex, money and laughs. She has published short fiction and poetry, as well as co-editing the red-head anthology, Canadian Ginger (Oolichan Books) with Dawn Kresan. Her favourite festival audiences have been at Vancouver’s Growing Room Festival and the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt. Kim’s incredibly excited to have just co-produced the STORYHIVE web-series pilot, “Disease & Desire” (based on her A One-Handed Novel) with Sara McIntyre.

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7. Writers on Community & Isolation Part 2

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 1, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Brandon Wint

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Syrus Marcus Ware

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Kim Clark

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Dominik Parisien

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Dominik Parisien

Dominik Parisien is a writer, editor, and poet. He is the author of the poetry collection Side Effects May Include Strangers (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020) and his recent work has appeared in Maisonneuve, This Magazine, PRISM International, The Literary Review of Canada, and others. As an editor, his anthologies have won the Hugo, Shirley Jackson, British Fantasy, and Aurora Awards. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

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7. Writers on Community & Isolation Part 2

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 1, 2021

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Brandon Wint

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Syrus Marcus Ware

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Kim Clark

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Dominik Parisien

33. Poets on the Body

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 8, 2021

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Bardia Sinaee

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Bunmi Laditan

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Cicely Belle Blain

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Dominik Parisien

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Brandon Wint

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Tenille K. Campbell

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Natasha Ramoutar

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Bianca Spence

As Program Consultant for Book Publishing at Ontario Creates, Bianca Spence administers the Trillium Book Awards and other programs that support the economic development of Ontario’s publishing industry. She has previously worked at the Canada Council for the Arts, Livres Canada Books, Cormorant Books, the Literary Press Group, and McClelland & Stewart. Bianca served as Co-Chair of the Women’s March in Toronto, and she sits on the Board of Directors for Project Bookmark Canada. When not at work, you can find Bianca championing a number of important artistic endeavours from literature to dance.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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Anita Chong

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Janie Yoon

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Brian Lam

Brian Lam is the publisher of Arsenal Pulp Press. A graduate of the University of Victoria’s creative writing program, he has been with Arsenal since 1984, becoming co-owner in 1992. He is a former president of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, and current board member of the Association of Canadian Publishers. He won the Community Builder Award from the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop in 2014, the Ivy Award from the Toronto International Festival of Authors in 2018, and the Publishing Professional Award from Lambda Literary in the US in 2020.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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Anita Chong

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Janie Yoon

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Bryan Ibeas

Bryan Ibeas is a Fiction Editor for Invisible Publishing.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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Janie Yoon

12. Navigating the Publishing Industry

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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Léonicka Valcius

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Ronan Sadler

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Aeman Ansari

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

Amanda Orozco

Amanda Orozco is a literary agent at Transatlantic based out of Los Angeles with a breadth of experience in academic publishing, publicity, and subsidiary rights. She graduated from NYU with her Masters of Science in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. She has worked at the National Book Foundation, Shreve Williams Public Relations, and The Gernert Company, as well as in Subsidiary Rights at Little, Brown and Park & Fine Literary and Media. Amanda has been a member of PoCinPub since 2018 and currently works for Dryland, the literary journal born in South Central, where she aims to amplify marginalized voices.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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Claire Harris

Claire Harris is a literary agent at PS Literary acquiring a wide range of adult projects including rom coms, thrillers, contemporary fiction, family dramas, lifestyle guides, self-help, true crime, cultural criticism, and more. She loves stories set in the Midwest (especially in or near her home state of Wisconsin) and other underrepresented areas, and she is actively looking for books that support inclusivity. Diverse voices and great writing are always appreciated. One thing Claire loves is shining a spotlight on issues, people, and areas that aren’t often included in society’s narrative.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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Janie Yoon

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Lily Chu

Lily Chu loves ordering the second-cheapest wine, wearing perfume all the time, and staying up far too late reading a good book. She writes romantic comedies set in Toronto with strong Asian characters. Her newest work is The Stand In, out in spring 2021 with Audible Originals.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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35. Diversity in Romance Publishing

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 15, 2021

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Hudson Lin

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Lily Chu

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Farah Heron

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Alicia Cox Thomson

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Evan Winter

Called “Canada’s answer to George R. R. Martin” by the Globe and Mail, Evan Winter, winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel, is a Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, and Locus best selling author of speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Rage of Dragons, is the opening to an epic fantasy quartet that began life as a self-published novel before being acquired for republication by Hachette’s Orbit Books. Most recently, TIME magazine named it one THE 100 BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME, and its sequel has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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19. Writers on Mystery and Magic

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 4, 2021

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Ausma Zehanat Khan

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Evan Winter

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Samantha Garner

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Terese Mason Pierre

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Anita Chong

Anita Chong is a Senior Editor at McClelland & Stewart, where she acquires and edits literary fiction and memoir. Recent titles include Souvankham Thammavongsa’s How to Pronounce Knife; Genki Ferguson’s Satellite Love; Saleema Nawaz’s Songs for the End of the World; Michael Christie’s Greenwood; Sharon Bala’s The Boat People; and Richard Wagamese’s Starlight. Authors she is currently working with include Shashi Bhat, Brian Francis, Reema Patel, Alexander MacLeod, Tsering Lama, Amy Jones, and Jen Sookfong Lee. Anita is an active member of Penguin Random House Canada’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and one of the founders of its monthly BIPOC Forum.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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Anita Chong

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Jim Gifford

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Jim Gifford

Jim Gifford is Editorial Director, Non-Fiction, for HarperCollins Canada Ltd. He has acquired and edited works by numerous award-winning and bestselling authors, including Kamal Al-Solaylee, Mark Sakamoto, Mellissa Fung, Tara Westover, David Robertson, Linden MacIntyre, Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Albert Woodfox, Max Eisen and Jamil Jivani, among many others. He is currently pursuing new works by a diverse authorship across many genres, from memoir to popular science and sports to popular history. He was a 2020 recipient of University College’s Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto. He lives and works in Toronto.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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Anita Chong

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Janie Yoon

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Janie Yoon

Janie Yoon is Executive Editor at Simon & Schuster Canada. Previously, she was at House of Anansi Press, where she worked with bestselling and award-winning Canadian and international authors such as Tanya Talaga, Gil Adamson, Patrick deWitt, Ins Choi, Margaret MacMillan, Lawrence Hill, Ronald J. Deibert, Adam Gopnik, Neil Turok, Douglas Coupland, Behrouz Boochani, Cho Nam-joo, and Sofi Oksanen.

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9. The Virtual Writers’ Hub

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

May 2, 2021

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Bianca Spence

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Brian Lam

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Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

Amanda Orozco

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Claire Harris

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Lily Chu

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Noyz

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Evan Winter

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Marci Ien

Marci Ien is a devoted Toronto community leader, award-winning journalist, author and Mother who has dedicated her life to providing a voice for those who need it most. Born and raised in Toronto, where she lives with her children Blaize and Dash, Marci has seen first hand the opportunities and challenges our city faces. Today, she serves as the voice of Toronto Centre constituents in the House of Commons and continues to fight for inclusion, equality and ensuring that everyone in Toronto Centre and across Canada have a fair chance at success.

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10. One-on-One with Marci Ien

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

May 2, 2021

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Marci Ien

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Lainey Lui

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Lainey Lui

Elaine “Lainey” Lui has been breaking entertainment news since the launch of her world-famous celebrity gossip website, LaineyGossip.com, and as a correspondent on CTV’s Canada’s #1 entertainment show, etalk. Also a co-host on CTV’s The Social, Lainey is recognized for her unique insights into Hollywood and pop culture, along with her sharp business acumen as a successful female entrepreneur.

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10. One-on-One with Marci Ien

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

May 2, 2021

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Marci Ien

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Lainey Lui

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Christina Myers

Christina Myers is a writer, editor, and former journalist. She is the creator and editor of BIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies (Caitlin Press, 2020), a BC-bestselling collection of non-fiction by 26 writers from across Canada, the US and the UK. Her first novel – The List of Last Chances – will be on shelves in April 2021. She co-hosts a reading series just outside Vancouver, BC, for emerging and established writers of all genres.

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11. Big and Beautiful Bodies

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 2, 2021

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Christina Myers

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Rabbit Richards

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Sonja Boon

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Jo Jefferson

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Rabbit Richards

Rabbit Richards is learning how to exist on stolen land in a marginalized body. They were born on occupied Lenape territory in Brooklyn, NY. Their family has never rooted for more than one generation anywhere for as long as their history can trace. Their father’s family claims Kyiv and Minsk; their mother’s family remembers St Thomas and St Croix, islands of the Carib, Arawak, and Ciboney.  Relentlessly compassionate with fierce integrity, Rabbit is passionate about anti-oppression and accessibility work and is deeply invested in the conversations that are provoked by their art.

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11. Big and Beautiful Bodies

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 2, 2021

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Christina Myers

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Rabbit Richards

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Sonja Boon

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Jo Jefferson

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Sonja Boon

Sonja Boon is a researcher, writer, teacher, and flutist who lives in St. Johns, Canada. Passionate about stories and storytelling, she is the author of What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home (WLU Press, 2019), a memoir that traverses five continents and spans more than two centuries. Sonja’s creative non-fiction essays appear in published anthologies as well as in Geist, The Ethnic Aisle, and ROOM, among others. For six years, Sonja was principal flutist and a frequent soloist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon).

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11. Big and Beautiful Bodies

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 2, 2021

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Christina Myers

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Rabbit Richards

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Sonja Boon

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Jo Jefferson

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Jo Jefferson

Jo Jefferson is a Toronto-based queer writer, parent, and community worker who grew up in Nova Scotia. Their poetry, short fiction, and personal essays have been published by Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review, Understorey Magazine, Syracuse Cultural Workers, and in various anthologies. Jo’s first novel, Lightning and Blackberries, was released by Nimbus Publishing in 2008. They write about apocalypse, queerness, weather, travel, and family. When they’re not writing or reading, Jo hangs out with their kids, works with queer elders at a community centre, plays softball, explores the world, and facilitates workshops with curious creators of all ages.

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11. Big and Beautiful Bodies

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 2, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Christina Myers

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Rabbit Richards

A mixed-race woman stands against a beige background. She wears a dark collared t-shirt.

Sonja Boon

A white non-binary individual with short hair brown and glasses.

Jo Jefferson

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Léonicka Valcius

Léonicka Valcius is a Literary Agent at Transatlantic Agency, representing commercial and genre fiction for adults and children. As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), working with writers of colour is a key part of Léonicka’s mandate. Léonicka previously worked at Penguin Random House Canada and at Scholastic Book Fairs Canada. For more of her work visit her website, her Twitter, and her  Instagram.

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12. Navigating the Publishing Industry

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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Léonicka Valcius

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Ronan Sadler

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Aeman Ansari

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Bryan Ibeas

14. Writers on Hope and History

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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Cheryl Thompson

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Jael Richardson

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P. Djélì Clark

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Léonicka Valcius

36. One-on-One with Jasmine Guillory

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 15, 2021

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Jasmine Guillory

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Léonicka Valcius

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Ronan Sadler

Ronan Sadler is the Editorial Coordinator at Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first imprint. After a Master’s in Critical Disability Studies, Ronan left academia and returned to their first love: stories. They joined the Carina Press editorial team as a freelancer for two years before moving in-house.

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12. Navigating the Publishing Industry

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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Léonicka Valcius

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Ronan Sadler

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Aeman Ansari

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Bryan Ibeas

13. Decolonizing Editing

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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andrea bennett

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Iva Cheung

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.

Jessica Johns

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Ronan Sadler

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Jael Richardson

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Aeman Ansari

Aeman Ansari is an editor at HCC. She acquires, commissions, and edits narrative-driven fiction and non-fiction with a focus on books by BIPOC authors. She has a particular interest in projects that showcase authentic voices, nuanced narratives, and intersectional identities. Before joining the HarperCollins Canada editorial team in 2020, she was a literary assistant at CookeMcDermid Literary Agency, a freelance editor helping authors from marginalized communities develop their work, and a journalist with pieces published across North America that center on race, identity and popular culture. Aeman is also a co-founder of the non-profit organization BIPOC of Publishing in Canada, which is dedicated to pushing for a more diverse and inclusive industry and provides frontline support to BIPOC employees in Canadian publishing.

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12. Navigating the Publishing Industry

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 3, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Léonicka Valcius

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Ronan Sadler

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Aeman Ansari

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Bryan Ibeas

A white non-binary individual with close-croppsed brown hair looks off into the distance and smiles. They are wearing a blue t-shirt and overalls.

andrea bennett

andrea bennett is the author of Like a Boy but Not a Boy, a book of essays out now with Arsenal Pulp Press.They are a National Magazine Award–winning writer and editor. They live in Powell River, BC, on the territory of the Tla’amin people, just a quick couple fjords/ferry rides north of Vancouver.

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13. Decolonizing Editing

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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andrea bennett

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Iva Cheung

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.

Jessica Johns

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Ronan Sadler

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Jael Richardson

16. Anti-Oppressive Copyediting with andrea bennett

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 4, 2021

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andrea bennett

22. Writers on Truth and Curiosity

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Bahar Orang

A young ASian-Canadian man with short dark hair stands against a dark blue background. He wears an orange scoop-necked shirt.

Jonny Sun

A young Asian woman with dark hair and bangs. She wears a denim shirt and holds a dark blue stuffie.

Meichi Ng

A white non-binary individual with close-croppsed brown hair looks off into the distance and smiles. They are wearing a blue t-shirt and overalls.

andrea bennett

A young Asian woman wears a black and white scoop beck tank top and stands against a white background. She wears glasses.

Iva Cheung

Iva Cheung (MPub, PhD) is a Certified Professional Editor, indexer, and researcher who worked as an in-house editorial coordinator at Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books and now freelances, specializing in plain language editing and training. She is an active member of Editors Canada and has won the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, the Karen Virag award for promoting the editing profession, and the President’s Award for Volunteer Service. She is an advocate for accessibility and equity in editing and publishing and co-creates communications with members of underrepresented communities.

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13. Decolonizing Editing

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

May 3, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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andrea bennett

A young Asian woman wears a black and white scoop beck tank top and stands against a white background. She wears glasses.

Iva Cheung

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.

Jessica Johns

A black-and-white picture of a non-binary individual with glasses and short curly hair.

Ronan Sadler

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower, a book columnist on CBC’s q, and the founder and the Executive Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Her debut novel, Gutter Child, was published in January 2021 with HarperCollins Canada. She lives in Brampton, Ontario.

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13. Decolonizing Editing

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

May 3, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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andrea bennett

A young Asian woman wears a black and white scoop beck tank top and stands against a white background. She wears glasses.

Iva Cheung

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair stands against a city courtyard background. She wears glasses and Indigenous beaded feather earrings.

Jessica Johns

A black-and-white picture of a non-binary individual with glasses and short curly hair.

Ronan Sadler

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

14. Writers on Hope and History

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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Cheryl Thompson

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

A young Black woman with chin-length bobbed hair in dreads. She wears a bright red dress.

Léonicka Valcius

25. Made in Brampton

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 6, 2021

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Trey Anthony

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Louisa Onomé

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Ian Williams

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

A Black woman in a light green t-shirt top. She smiles at the camera and stands against a tree backdrop.

Cheryl Thompson

Cheryl Thompson is an assistant professor in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University. She is author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture. Her newest book, Uncle: Race, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Loyalty was published in February 2021 with Coach House Books.

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14. Writers on Hope and History

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

May 3, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Cheryl Thompson

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

A young Black woman with chin-length bobbed hair in dreads. She wears a bright red dress.

Léonicka Valcius

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

Phenderson Djélì Clark is the award winning and Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon nominated author of the novellas Ring Shout, The Black God’s Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. His short stories have appeared in online venues such as Tor.com, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and in print anthologies including, Griots, Hidden Youth and Clockwork Cairo. He is a founding member of FIYAH: A Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction and an infrequent reviewer at Strange Horizons. His debut novel A Master of Djinn will be published by Tor.com in May 2021.

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14. Writers on Hope and History

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

May 3, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Cheryl Thompson

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

A young Black woman with chin-length bobbed hair in dreads. She wears a bright red dress.

Léonicka Valcius

32. Writers on Fear and Monsters

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

May 8, 2021

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Nathan Adler

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

A dark-haired young Mexican woman sits on a fallen log of driftwood. She wears dark rimmed glasses and a black blouse over a multi-coloured skirt.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A black and white photo of a young white woman with chin-length brown hair. She holds her hands up arounnd her head and smiles.

K.J. Aiello

A young Filipino-Canadian woman smies on a sandy beach. She wears a dark blue shirt.

Therese Estacion

Therese Estacion immigrated to Canada from Cebu, a city in the Visayan region of the Philippines, when she was a child. After recently becoming a bilateral below the knee and partial hands amputee, she began writing poetry that explores the topics of grief, disability, Filipino culture and memory. Her work has been published by the CBC, CV2, EdgeNorth, Homesick Zine, Pank Magazine, and the Yellowknifer. Her first book of poetry, Phantompains, will be released by Book*Hug in the spring of 2021. She is currently studying at Toronto’s Centre for Training in Psychotherapy and has a little dog named Scooby.

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15. Writers on Loss and Grief

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 3, 2021

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Therese Estacion

A young white woman stands beside a tree trunk and smiles. She wears a green button-down shift top and a cream cardigan. She has long curly brown hair.

Amanda Leduc

A biracial Japanses-Canadian woman with short dark hair stands against a dark grey textured wall. She wears a dark blue button-down shirt.

Kimiko Tobimatsu

A biracial woman with a dark buzz cut sits with her hands around a mug of coffee.

Tanya Boteju

A young white woman stands beside a tree trunk and smiles. She wears a green button-down shift top and a cream cardigan. She has long curly brown hair.

Amanda Leduc

Amanda Leduc is a writer and disability rights advocate. She is the author of the novel The Centaur’s Wife (Random House Canada, 2021), Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Coach House Books, 2020), and The Miracles of Ordinary Men (ECW Press, 2013). Her essays and stories have appeared across Canada, the US, and the UK, and she has spoken across North America on accessibility, inclusion, and disability in storytelling. She has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.

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15. Writers on Loss and Grief

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 3, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Therese Estacion

A young white woman stands beside a tree trunk and smiles. She wears a green button-down shift top and a cream cardigan. She has long curly brown hair.

Amanda Leduc

A biracial Japanses-Canadian woman with short dark hair stands against a dark grey textured wall. She wears a dark blue button-down shirt.

Kimiko Tobimatsu

A biracial woman with a dark buzz cut sits with her hands around a mug of coffee.

Tanya Boteju

A biracial Japanses-Canadian woman with short dark hair stands against a dark grey textured wall. She wears a dark blue button-down shirt.

Kimiko Tobimatsu

Kimiko Tobimatsu is an employment and human rights lawyer by day. Kimiko Does Cancer is her debut book.

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15. Writers on Loss and Grief

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 3, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Therese Estacion

A young white woman stands beside a tree trunk and smiles. She wears a green button-down shift top and a cream cardigan. She has long curly brown hair.

Amanda Leduc

A biracial Japanses-Canadian woman with short dark hair stands against a dark grey textured wall. She wears a dark blue button-down shirt.

Kimiko Tobimatsu

A biracial woman with a dark buzz cut sits with her hands around a mug of coffee.

Tanya Boteju

A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.

Cole Pauls

Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and printmaker hailing from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University. Residing in Vancouver, Pauls focuses on his two comic series, the first being Pizza Punks: a self contained comic strip about punks eating pizza, the other being Dakwäkãda Warriors. In 2017, Pauls won Broken Pencil Magazine’s Best Comic and Best Zine of the Year Award for Dakwäkãda Warriors II. In 2020, Dakwäkãda Warriors won Best Work in an Indigenous Language from the Indigenous Voices Awards and was nominated for the Doug Wright Award categories, The Egghead & The Nipper.

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17. The Power and Possibility of Fiction

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 4, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Tanya Boteju

A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.

Cole Pauls

A young Asian woman stands against a light beige-grey wall. She wears an orange long-sleeved shit and has long dark hair.

Sarah Suk

A young Black man with short hair and a small goatee sits outside beneath a tree against a leafy green background.

Khary Mathurin

26. The Illustrator Battle

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

May 7, 2021

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Jason Loo

A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.

Cole Pauls

A young Indian-Canadian woman stands against a backdrop of lush pink and purple flowers. She has long brown hair and wears a white t-shirt blouse buttoned down the front.

Anoosha Syed

A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.

Ardo Omer

A young Asian woman stands against a light beige-grey wall. She wears an orange long-sleeved shit and has long dark hair.

Sarah Suk

Sarah Suk (pronounced like soup, with a k) is the author of Made in Korea. She currently lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she writes stories and admires mountains. When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the water, taking film photos, or eating a bowl of bingsu. You can visit her online at sarahsuk.com and on Twitter and Instagram @sarahaelisuk.

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17. The Power and Possibility of Fiction

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 4, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Tanya Boteju

A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.

Cole Pauls

A young Asian woman stands against a light beige-grey wall. She wears an orange long-sleeved shit and has long dark hair.

Sarah Suk

A young Black man with short hair and a small goatee sits outside beneath a tree against a leafy green background.

Khary Mathurin

A young Black man with short hair and a small goatee sits outside beneath a tree against a leafy green background.

Khary Mathurin

Khary Mathurin is a bookseller and education support manager at Another Story Bookshop, where he promotes the store’s values of equity and social justice by helping educators update their bookshelves with more diverse titles. When he’s not immersed in the world of books, he can be found spinning tracks and working with sound as DJ K.

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17. The Power and Possibility of Fiction

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 4, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Tanya Boteju

A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.

Cole Pauls

A young Asian woman stands against a light beige-grey wall. She wears an orange long-sleeved shit and has long dark hair.

Sarah Suk

A young Black man with short hair and a small goatee sits outside beneath a tree against a leafy green background.

Khary Mathurin

A young Black woman stands against a white background. She wears a long-sleeved purple dress.

Nekesa Afia

Nekesa (Nuh-kes-ah) Afia (Ah-fee-ah) is a Canadian millennial who is doing her best. When she isn’t writing, she is either sewing, swing dancing, or actively trying to pet every dog she sees. Dead Dead Girls is her debut novel.

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18. Writers on Danger and Uncertainty

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 4, 2021

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Nekesa Afia

A white woman with long dark hair and clear glasses.

Carrie Jenkins

A young Black woman with long braids. She wears a dark purple shirt with a pink pattern on it.

Nadine Matheson

A middle-aged blonde woman stands by a large window.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

A white woman with long dark hair and clear glasses.

Carrie Jenkins

Carrie Jenkins is an award-winning philosopher and writer. She is Canada Research Chair in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia and holds a PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of What Love Is and What It Could Be and Uninvited: Talking Back to Plato. Her first novel, Victoria Sees It, will be published in 2021 with Strange Light, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada. Carrie reads Tarot cards and lives with two sphynx cats.

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18. Writers on Danger and Uncertainty

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 4, 2021

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Nekesa Afia

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Carrie Jenkins

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Nadine Matheson

A middle-aged blonde woman stands by a large window.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

A young Black woman with long braids. She wears a dark purple shirt with a pink pattern on it.

Nadine Matheson

Nadine Matheson has always been passionate about writing and storytelling. She was born and lives in London and is a Criminal Defence Lawyer and teaches Criminal Law. In 2016, she won the City University Crime Writing Competition and completed the Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller Novels) MA at City University of London with Distinction in 2018. Her debut novel is The Jigsaw Man.

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18. Writers on Danger and Uncertainty

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 4, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Nekesa Afia

A white woman with long dark hair and clear glasses.

Carrie Jenkins

A young Black woman with long braids. She wears a dark purple shirt with a pink pattern on it.

Nadine Matheson

A middle-aged blonde woman stands by a large window.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

A middle-aged blonde woman stands by a large window.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the critically acclaimed author of three books: the Giller-nominated short story collection How to Get Along with Women (2012), the literary thriller The Devil You Know (2015), and the 1950s-era Hitchcock-style thriller, Hysteria (2018.) Both novels were Globe and Mail Best Books and shortlisted for the prestigious Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Elisabeth has taught fiction at UBC, Memorial University, and through the Humber School for Writers. Her newest novel, The Retreat, is coming July 2021 from HarperCollins Canada and Mulholland Books USA.

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18. Writers on Danger and Uncertainty

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 4, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Nekesa Afia

A white woman with long dark hair and clear glasses.

Carrie Jenkins

A young Black woman with long braids. She wears a dark purple shirt with a pink pattern on it.

Nadine Matheson

A middle-aged blonde woman stands by a large window.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

An Indian woman stands against a deep red backdrop, smiling.

Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of the critically acclaimed Khattak/Getty crime series, and the Khorasan Archives fantasy series. She holds a Ph.D. in international law, and frequently writes about human rights issues. Blackwater Falls, her new crime novel, will be published by Minotaur in 2022. Ausma currently lives in Colorado with her husband.

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19. Writers on Mystery and Magic

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 4, 2021

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Ausma Zehanat Khan

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Evan Winter

A biracial Filipino woman with dark hair and glasses stands against a leafy green background.

Samantha Garner

A young Black womann with clear glasses and long brown braids.

Terese Mason Pierre

A biracial Filipino woman with dark hair and glasses stands against a leafy green background.

Samantha Garner

Samantha Garner is based in Toronto, and also called Calgary home for nine years. Her short fiction and poetry has previously appeared in Broken Pencil, Sundog Lit, Kiss Machine, The Fiddlehead, Storychord, WhiskeyPaper and The Quarantine Review. She can be found online at samanthagarner.ca. Her first novel, The Quiet Is Loud, is out in May 2021 with Invisible Publishing,

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19. Writers on Mystery and Magic

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 4, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Ausma Zehanat Khan

A Black man with a shaved head and glasses.

Evan Winter

A biracial Filipino woman with dark hair and glasses stands against a leafy green background.

Samantha Garner

A young Black womann with clear glasses and long brown braids.

Terese Mason Pierre

A young Black womann with clear glasses and long brown braids.

Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre is a writer, editor and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Augur Magazine, a Canadian speculative literature journal. She has volunteered with poetry reading series, facilitated creative writing workshops, and she is the author of chapbooks, Surface Area and Manifest.

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19. Writers on Mystery and Magic

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 4, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Ausma Zehanat Khan

A Black man with a shaved head and glasses.

Evan Winter

A biracial Filipino woman with dark hair and glasses stands against a leafy green background.

Samantha Garner

A young Black womann with clear glasses and long brown braids.

Terese Mason Pierre

A Black indigenous woman with lond dark hair stands against a muralled wall and looks off to her right side with her hand clasped under her chin. She wears a black baseball cap.

Mahlikah Awe:ri

Haudenosaunee Kanien’kéhà:ka & Mi’kmaw L’sitkuk, Canadian Poet Of Honor, Mahlikah Awe:ri is an Afro-Indigenous Artist For Social Change, “Shifting paradigms through Indigenized ways of knowing and being; while reimagining what it means to be “In-Relation”, to the Land and to each other”. Awe:ri is an acclaimed Spoken Word Artist, Arts Educator, Musician, Land Defender, Water Protector, Public Speaker, Performance Artist, Curator, Futurist Writer & Digital Artist. Mahlikah is a Paula Fund Awardee for her acclaimed solo work Tionnhéhkwen Tionnká:non, and a contributor for the first Black Canadian Afro-Furturism Anthology: Cosmic Underground Northside: An Incantation of Black Speculative Discourse & Innerstandings.

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20. The Spoken Word Showcase

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Mahlikah Awe:ri

A Black man with cropped hair. He wears a denim jacket over a white skirt and is standing against a white background.

Eddie Lartey

A young Indian man with a long beard and wearig a red scarf and a blackturban ;ppls pff to the left of the camera/.

Noyz

A young Black woman crosses her arms in front of her neck and looks into the camera.

Lamoi

A black-and-white photo of an Iranian man with dark hair and glasses.

Bilal Hashmi

Bilal Hashmi is Executive Director and Publisher of Quattro Books. He teaches Urdu at the University of Toronto, where he obtained his BA and MA in English before pursuing advanced studies in comparative literature at New York University. He is the President of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and also serves as translators’ representative on the Public Lending Rights Commission of Canada. Since 2018, he has been involved with the bilingual literary translation magazine ellipse, as one of its editors. His annotated English translation of ‘Aziz Ahmad’s modernist Urdu novel Flight (Gurez; 1945) is forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press.

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21. Lost in Translation

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Yara El-Ghadban

A black-and-white photo of an Iranian man with dark hair and glasses.

Bilal Hashmi

A young Indian woman with dark curly hair, wearing an orange, black, and white checkered top, smiles against a blue background window.

Oonya Kempadoo

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

A young Indian woman with dark curly hair, wearing an orange, black, and white checkered top, smiles against a blue background window.

Oonya Kempadoo

Oonya Kempadoo resides in Canada and is a UK, Guyanese, Grenadian citizen. She is the author of three novels, two of which were nominated for the Dublin Impac Prize. Her latest novel is All Decent Animals. Her work, critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, has been long-listed for the Orange Prize, translated into six languages and on Oprah Winfrey’s Summer Reads. Winner of a Casa De Las Americas prize, she was named a “Great Talent for the 21st Century” by Orange Prize judges. Kempadoo is a Fulbright Scholar alumni, consultant/researcher with an interest in cross-disciplinary dialogue and is co-founder of the Grenada Community Library.

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21. Lost in Translation

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Yara El-Ghadban

A black-and-white photo of an Iranian man with dark hair and glasses.

Bilal Hashmi

A young Indian woman with dark curly hair, wearing an orange, black, and white checkered top, smiles against a blue background window.

Oonya Kempadoo

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

Editor, translator, and essayist Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of three novels, most recently 2018’s The Bleeds. He was born in Lebanon two years into the country’s 15-year civil war, and lived in Kuwait, Greece, and Dubai before moving to Canada in 1988. His first novel, 2005’s Blackbodying, won the Quebec’s McAuslan First Book Prize and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal. His second novel, 2011’s Niko, won the QWF Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and was nominated for CBC’s Canada Reads and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He is the fiction editor at Véhicule Press.

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21. Lost in Translation

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Yara El-Ghadban

A black-and-white photo of an Iranian man with dark hair and glasses.

Bilal Hashmi

A young Indian woman with dark curly hair, wearing an orange, black, and white checkered top, smiles against a blue background window.

Oonya Kempadoo

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

28. The Translation Duel

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 7, 2021

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Arianne Des Rochers

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

A middle-aged Black man with greying hair and glasses sits leaning in towards a microphone.

Stanley Péan

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Luciana Erregue

An Indian woman with curly dark hair and a white linen blouse stands against a brick wall backdrop.

Bahar Orang

Bahar Orang is a writer and physician-in-training living in Toronto. Where Things Touch is her first book.

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22. Writers on Truth and Curiosity

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Bahar Orang

A young ASian-Canadian man with short dark hair stands against a dark blue background. He wears an orange scoop-necked shirt.

Jonny Sun

A young Asian woman with dark hair and bangs. She wears a denim shirt and holds a dark blue stuffie.

Meichi Ng

A white non-binary individual with close-croppsed brown hair looks off into the distance and smiles. They are wearing a blue t-shirt and overalls.

andrea bennett

A young ASian-Canadian man with short dark hair stands against a dark blue background. He wears an orange scoop-necked shirt.

Jonny Sun

Jonny Sun is the bestselling author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and the illustrator of Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He was a writer for the Emmy-nominated sixth season of the Netflix Original Series BoJack Horseman. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s. Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet, and his TED Talk on loneliness that has been viewed online more than 3.5 million times. As a doctoral candidate at MIT and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, he studies virtual place and online community. He received his master’s degree in architecture from Yale and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto. His latest book is Goodbye, Again, which publishes on March 23.

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22. Writers on Truth and Curiosity

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Bahar Orang

A young ASian-Canadian man with short dark hair stands against a dark blue background. He wears an orange scoop-necked shirt.

Jonny Sun

A young Asian woman with dark hair and bangs. She wears a denim shirt and holds a dark blue stuffie.

Meichi Ng

A white non-binary individual with close-croppsed brown hair looks off into the distance and smiles. They are wearing a blue t-shirt and overalls.

andrea bennett

A young Asian woman with dark hair and bangs. She wears a denim shirt and holds a dark blue stuffie.

Meichi Ng

Meichi Ng is the creator of Barely Functional Adult, a webcomic series she started back in 2015. She recently published her first book, Barely Functional Adult: It’ll All Make Sense Eventually, where she shares a never-before-seen collection of illustrated short stories about exes, murder, friendship, therapy, anxiety, identity, heartbreak, being a Hufflepuff, freaking out about things, calming down momentarily, melodrama, wrinkles, pettiness, and other wonderful delights.

Upcoming Events

22. Writers on Truth and Curiosity

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 5, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

An Indian woman with curly dark hair and a white linen blouse stands against a brick wall backdrop.

Bahar Orang

A young ASian-Canadian man with short dark hair stands against a dark blue background. He wears an orange scoop-necked shirt.

Jonny Sun

A young Asian woman with dark hair and bangs. She wears a denim shirt and holds a dark blue stuffie.

Meichi Ng

A white non-binary individual with close-croppsed brown hair looks off into the distance and smiles. They are wearing a blue t-shirt and overalls.

andrea bennett

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Dwayne De Rosario

DeRo is one of the most decorated Canadian athletes of our generation. He is a 4-time MLS Cup Champion, the 2011 MLS MVP, 2-time MLS Cup MVP (2001, 2007) and was named to the MLS Best XI six times (2005-07, 2009-1). In 367 MLS regular season and playoff matches, he scored 109 goals with 82 assists. ​ DeRo also put together an impressive international career with the Canadian Men’s National Team. He finished as the all-time leading goal scorer for his country with 22 goals and third all-time with 81 caps and stands. He was also named Canadian player of the year on four occasions and in 2012 was named to Canada’s all-time XI. ​ DeRo’s primary objective – and arguably his biggest contribution – is his commitment to the community. His first book, co-authored with Brendan Dunlop, is DeRo: My Life, out now with ECW Press.

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23. Behind the Story of Dwayne “Dero” De Rosario

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 6, 2021

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Dwayne De Rosario

A white man with short brown hair stands against a white backdrop. He wears a dark grey plaiud suit.

Brendan Dunlop

A white man with short brown hair stands against a white backdrop. He wears a dark grey plaiud suit.

Brendan Dunlop

Brendan Dunlop is a Canadian sports television anchor and writer that has covered World Cups, UEFA Champions League finals and international matches for theScore, FOX Soccer, Sportsnet and OneSoccer. DeRo: My Life, the autobiography of Dwayne De Rosario, is his first book project. Brendan grew up in Windsor, Ontario, and currently lives in Toronto with his wife Elena and their rescue dog Sampson. In addition to sports, he has a passion for languages and travel.

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23. Behind the Story of Dwayne “Dero” De Rosario

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 6, 2021

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Dwayne De Rosario

A white man with short brown hair stands against a white backdrop. He wears a dark grey plaiud suit.

Brendan Dunlop

A senior Black man with a beard stands against a leafy green cityscape. He wears a black shirt and a brown blazer and clear glasses.

H. Nigel Thomas

H. Nigel Thomas is a retired professor of United States literature. He has published dozens of essays in literary journals and anthologies as well as eleven books that include five novels and three collections of Short stories. His novel Spirits in the Dark was nominated for the QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Fiction Award; and No Safeguards, another novel, was nominated for the Paragraphe Quebec Writers’ Federation Hugh MacLennan Fiction Prize. His novel Easily Fooled will be published in 2021. He is the founder and English-language coordinator of Lectures Logos Readings.

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24. Setting the Scene in Fiction with H. Nigel Thomas

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

May 6, 2021

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H. Nigel Thomas

27. Writers on the Beauty of Transformation

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

May 7, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A middle-aged Iranian woman with dark hair and dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Shani Mootoo

A senior Black man with a beard stands against a leafy green cityscape. He wears a black shirt and a brown blazer and clear glasses.

H. Nigel Thomas

The face and bare shoulders of a young Black woman with short hair. The photo has a yellow tint.

Tawhida Tanya Evanson

A blonde White woman in a long-sleeved back shirt stands leaning against a light grey wall.

Rachel Giese

A Black woman with long braids and a brown fedora.

Trey Anthony

Trey Anthony is an award-winning writer, motivational speaker, and relationship/life coach. She is the first black woman in Canada to have a television series on a prime-time network. Her work includes the plays, ‘da Kink in My Hair and How Black Mothers Say I Love You. Trey’s life purpose is to empower women to live their best damn lives! Her new book, Black Girl in Love (with herself), published by Hay House, will be available January 2021. She divides her time between Atlanta and Toronto. She is an adoption advocate and the proud momma bear to her son Kai. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing at herself and all her antics and eating cupcakes! Follow Trey on Instagram @blackgirlinlove and visit treyanthony.com to learn more about her.

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25. Made in Brampton

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 6, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Trey Anthony

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Louisa Onomé

A middle-aged Black man is sitting on a stool and smiling against a black background. He wears a button-down dark blue shirt.

Ian Williams

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

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Louisa Onomé

Louisa Onomé is a Nigerian-Canadian writer of books for teens. She holds a BA in professional writing from York University. Like Home is her first novel. When she is not writing, her hobbies include picking up languages she may never use, crying over her favourite video games, and perfecting her skincare routine. She currently resides in the Toronto area.

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25. Made in Brampton

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 6, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Trey Anthony

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Louisa Onomé

A middle-aged Black man is sitting on a stool and smiling against a black background. He wears a button-down dark blue shirt.

Ian Williams

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

A middle-aged Black man is sitting on a stool and smiling against a black background. He wears a button-down dark blue shirt.

Ian Williams

Ian Williams is a poet and fiction writer. He is the author of five books, including the poetry collection, Word Problems, and the novel, Reproduction, which won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize. He grew up in Brampton, moved to the US, then Vancouver, and now he teaches English at the University of Toronto. He is currently at work on a collection of essays.

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25. Made in Brampton

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 6, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A Black woman with long braids and a brown fedora.

Trey Anthony

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Louisa Onomé

A middle-aged Black man is sitting on a stool and smiling against a black background. He wears a button-down dark blue shirt.

Ian Williams

A Black woman wearing green-rimmed glasses smiles at the camera. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Jael Richardson

A young Asian-Canadian man in a dark blue button-down shirt.

Jason Loo

Jason Loo is a Toronto-based cartoonist of the Eisner Award-winning series Afterlift. He is also the creator behind the offbeat superhero series The Pitiful Human-Lizard.

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26. The Illustrator Battle

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

May 7, 2021

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Jason Loo

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Cole Pauls

A young Indian-Canadian woman stands against a backdrop of lush pink and purple flowers. She has long brown hair and wears a white t-shirt blouse buttoned down the front.

Anoosha Syed

A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.

Ardo Omer

A young Indian-Canadian woman stands against a backdrop of lush pink and purple flowers. She has long brown hair and wears a white t-shirt blouse buttoned down the front.

Anoosha Syed

Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian illustrator and character designer for animation. She is the illustrator of APALA Honor Book Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed, as well as I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown and Jason Rachel Brown, the Monster and Boy chapter book series by Hannah Barnaby, and more. Some of her past clients also include Google, Netflix, Dreamworks TV and Disney Jr. In her spare time, Anoosha hosts a Youtube channel focusing on art education. Anoosha has a passion for creating charming characters with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. She lives in Toronto with her husband.

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26. The Illustrator Battle

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

May 7, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Jason Loo

A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.

Cole Pauls

A young Indian-Canadian woman stands against a backdrop of lush pink and purple flowers. She has long brown hair and wears a white t-shirt blouse buttoned down the front.

Anoosha Syed

A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.

Ardo Omer

A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.

Ardo Omer

Ardo Omer has written for online platforms as a reviewer and critic for almost a decade. She’s been a judge for a few kids comics awards and is an advisor at the Canada Comics Open Library.

Omer lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she serves as the Kids Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).

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26. The Illustrator Battle

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

May 7, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A young Asian-Canadian man in a dark blue button-down shirt.

Jason Loo

A black-and-white photo of an Indigenous man with long hair and an orange pendant around his neck. He wears a black t-shirt with a vest overtop it.

Cole Pauls

A young Indian-Canadian woman stands against a backdrop of lush pink and purple flowers. She has long brown hair and wears a white t-shirt blouse buttoned down the front.

Anoosha Syed

A photo of a Somali woman with curly hair. She wears dark-rimmed glasses and is laughing.

Ardo Omer

A middle-aged Iranian woman with dark hair and dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Shani Mootoo

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad and lives in Canada. She is a fiction writer and visual artist. Her novels, including Cereus Blooms at Night, Valmiki’s Daughter, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, and her most most recent, Polar Vortex, have been nominated for Various prizes, including The Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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27. Writers on the Beauty of Transformation

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

May 7, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A middle-aged Iranian woman with dark hair and dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Shani Mootoo

A senior Black man with a beard stands against a leafy green cityscape. He wears a black shirt and a brown blazer and clear glasses.

H. Nigel Thomas

The face and bare shoulders of a young Black woman with short hair. The photo has a yellow tint.

Tawhida Tanya Evanson

A blonde White woman in a long-sleeved back shirt stands leaning against a light grey wall.

Rachel Giese

The face and bare shoulders of a young Black woman with short hair. The photo has a yellow tint.

Tawhida Tanya Evanson

Tawhida Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Québecoise poet, author and artist. Her two poetry collections are Bothism (Ekstasis 2017) and Nouveau Griot (Frontenac 2018), and her debut novel, Book of Wings, is forthcoming from Véhicule Press in 2021. With a 20-year practice in spoken word, Evanson performs internationally and has released several studio albums and videopoems. In 2013, she was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the genre. She is program director of Banff Centre Spoken Word and moonlights as a whirling dervish.

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27. Writers on the Beauty of Transformation

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

May 7, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A middle-aged Iranian woman with dark hair and dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Shani Mootoo

A senior Black man with a beard stands against a leafy green cityscape. He wears a black shirt and a brown blazer and clear glasses.

H. Nigel Thomas

The face and bare shoulders of a young Black woman with short hair. The photo has a yellow tint.

Tawhida Tanya Evanson

A blonde White woman in a long-sleeved back shirt stands leaning against a light grey wall.

Rachel Giese

A blonde White woman in a long-sleeved back shirt stands leaning against a light grey wall.

Rachel Giese

Rachel Giese is an award-winning journalist and author, and is the editorial director of Xtra, an online magazine covering LGBTQ2S+ politics, activism, culture, health, sex and relationships. Her book Boys: What it Means to Become a Man was named one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 Favourite Books of 2018 and won the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Polticial Writing.

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27. Writers on the Beauty of Transformation

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

May 7, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A middle-aged Iranian woman with dark hair and dark-rimmed glasses. She wears a black turtleneck top.

Shani Mootoo

A senior Black man with a beard stands against a leafy green cityscape. He wears a black shirt and a brown blazer and clear glasses.

H. Nigel Thomas

The face and bare shoulders of a young Black woman with short hair. The photo has a yellow tint.

Tawhida Tanya Evanson

A blonde White woman in a long-sleeved back shirt stands leaning against a light grey wall.

Rachel Giese

A white woman with brown hair and bangs, wearing dark-rummed glasses.

Arianne Des Rochers

Arianne Des Rochers is a translator, scholar and educator from Montreal. She is Assistant Professor of Translation at the Université de Moncton, in New Brunswick. As a literary translator, she has (co)translated works by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Joshua Whitehead and Vivek Shraya.

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28. The Translation Duel

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 7, 2021

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Arianne Des Rochers

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

A middle-aged Black man with greying hair and glasses sits leaning in towards a microphone.

Stanley Péan

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Luciana Erregue

A middle-aged Black man with greying hair and glasses sits leaning in towards a microphone.

Stanley Péan

Born in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), raised in Saguenay (Quebec), Stanley Péan is the author of 25 books: novels, short stories collections, essays, juvenile fiction. He also hosts and coproduces a jazz program that airs every week night on ICI Musique, Radio-Canada’s all music radio network.

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28. The Translation Duel

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 7, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Arianne Des Rochers

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

A middle-aged Black man with greying hair and glasses sits leaning in towards a microphone.

Stanley Péan

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Luciana Erregue

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Luciana Erregue

Luciana Erregue (She/Her) is an Argentinian-Canadian art historian, writer, and editor. Luciana is the owner of Laberinto Press, specialized in underrepresented Canadian-hyphenated writers and literature in translation. She is a Banff Centre Literary Arts alumni, a former Edmonton Artist in Residence, and a recipient of the Edmonton Arts Council Cultural Diversity in the Arts Award. Luciana maintains her blog Spectator/Curator where she writes about art and life as a visible minority woman in the Canadian arts scene. She lives in Edmonton, AB.

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28. The Translation Duel

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 7, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Arianne Des Rochers

A Lebanese-Canadian man with dark hair and a small goatee. He wears a dark blue collared shirt.

Dimitri Nasrallah

A middle-aged Black man with greying hair and glasses sits leaning in towards a microphone.

Stanley Péan

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Luciana Erregue

A dark-haired Egyptian man stands in a kitchen kneading dough. He wears a black t-shirt.

Shahir Massoud

Shahir Massoud is best known as the former host of CBC’s The Goods, Man of the Kitchen, and Around the World in 10 Meals. He is a frequent guest on The Marilyn Denis Show, and has appeared on Cityline, Breakfast Television, Your Morning, and the CW network. He is also a spokesperson for the Butterball brand. Shahir is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, and the French Culinary Institute in New York. He is the author of Eat, Habibi, Eat!, out in May.

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29. Cooking with Shahir Massoud

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 8, 2021

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Shahir Massoud

A Black man with long dreads and a grey beard. He wears black-rimmed glasses and a beige sweater and is standing outside.

Rinaldo Walcott

A Black man with long dreads and a grey beard. He wears black-rimmed glasses and a beige sweater and is standing outside.

Rinaldo Walcott

Rinaldo Walcott is a writer, critic and professor. He is the author of On Property (Biblioasis, 2021).

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29. Cooking with Shahir Massoud

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Shahir Massoud

A Black man with long dreads and a grey beard. He wears black-rimmed glasses and a beige sweater and is standing outside.

Rinaldo Walcott

A young Indigenous man with short brown hair, a beard and glasses stands against a grove of naked birch trees in winter.

Nathan Adler

Nathan Adler is author of Wrist and Ghost Lake, and co-editor of the Bawaajigan anthology. He is Jewish, Ojibwe, and a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, is a first-place winner of the Aboriginal Writing Challenge, and a recipient of a Hnatyshyn Reveal award for Literature.

 

 

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30. Horror Writing and Indigenous Storytelling with Nathan Adler

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Nathan Adler

32. Writers on Fear and Monsters

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A young Indigenous man with short brown hair, a beard and glasses stands against a grove of naked birch trees in winter.

Nathan Adler

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

A dark-haired young Mexican woman sits on a fallen log of driftwood. She wears dark rimmed glasses and a black blouse over a multi-coloured skirt.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A black and white photo of a young white woman with chin-length brown hair. She holds her hands up arounnd her head and smiles.

K.J. Aiello

An elderly Indigenous man with glasses and greying hair sits at a computer. He wears a white button-down shirt and jeans.

Thomas King

Thomas King is the author of The Inconvenient Indian, The Back of the Turtle, and Indians on Vacation. He is a retired university professor and a Companion to the Order of Canada.

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31. The Premiere of Sufferance with Thomas King

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Thomas King

A middle-aged white woman with long golden brown hair stands with her left arm resting on a railing. She is outside, and wears a dark cardigan with a light blue scarf.

Shelagh Rogers

A middle-aged white woman with long golden brown hair stands with her left arm resting on a railing. She is outside, and wears a dark cardigan with a light blue scarf.

Shelagh Rogers

A veteran broadcast-journalist, Shelagh Rogers is the host of The Next Chapter, the CBC Radio program devoted to writing in Canada. In 2011, she was named an Honorary Witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her off-air time is dedicated to speaking about truth, respect and reconciliation and to taking the stigma out of mental illness. She has known Thomas King since 1993. She is honoured to be participating at FOLD.

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31. The Premiere of Sufferance with Thomas King

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

An elderly Indigenous man with glasses and greying hair sits at a computer. He wears a white button-down shirt and jeans.

Thomas King

A middle-aged white woman with long golden brown hair stands with her left arm resting on a railing. She is outside, and wears a dark cardigan with a light blue scarf.

Shelagh Rogers

A dark-haired young Mexican woman sits on a fallen log of driftwood. She wears dark rimmed glasses and a black blouse over a multi-coloured skirt.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the bestselling author of the novels Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, and a bunch of other books. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu’s Daughters).

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32. Writers on Fear and Monsters

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A young Indigenous man with short brown hair, a beard and glasses stands against a grove of naked birch trees in winter.

Nathan Adler

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

A dark-haired young Mexican woman sits on a fallen log of driftwood. She wears dark rimmed glasses and a black blouse over a multi-coloured skirt.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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K.J. Aiello

A black and white photo of a young white woman with chin-length brown hair. She holds her hands up arounnd her head and smiles.

K.J. Aiello

K. J. Aiello is a Toronto-based writer. Her work, including book and film reviews, essays and features, has been published in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Toronto Life, eTalk, This Magazine, Room Magazine, and others. She was a moderator at the 41st Toronto International Festival of Authors. K. J. lives with mental illness.

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32. Writers on Fear and Monsters

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A young Indigenous man with short brown hair, a beard and glasses stands against a grove of naked birch trees in winter.

Nathan Adler

A middle-aged Black man with short hair and a small goatee leans against a wall and looks off into the distance. He wears a black t-shirt.

P. Djélì Clark

A dark-haired young Mexican woman sits on a fallen log of driftwood. She wears dark rimmed glasses and a black blouse over a multi-coloured skirt.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A black and white photo of a young white woman with chin-length brown hair. She holds her hands up arounnd her head and smiles.

K.J. Aiello

An Iran-Canadian man with dark hair and a small beard seated outside under a tree. he wears a wide-brimmed hat.

Bardia Sinaee

Bardia Sinaee was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives in Toronto. His poems have appeared in magazines across Canada and in several editions of Best Canadian Poetry. He holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, where he was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His first book is Intruder (Anansi, 2021).

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33. Poets on the Body

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Bardia Sinaee

A Black woman with long braids.

Bunmi Laditan

A young Black woman stands against a tiled wall holding a copy of a book titled BURNING SUGAR.

Cicely Belle Blain

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Dominik Parisien

A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.

Brandon Wint

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and colourful beaded earrings.

Tenille K. Campbell

A young Guyanese woman with long dark hair looks off into the upper-right corner of the photograph.

Natasha Ramoutar

A Black woman with long braids.

Bunmi Laditan

Bunmi Laditan is an author, poet and tea drinker living in snowy Quebec, Canada by way of sunny California. Her latest book is Dear God: Honest Prayers to a God Who Listens (2021).

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33. Poets on the Body

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Bardia Sinaee

A Black woman with long braids.

Bunmi Laditan

A young Black woman stands against a tiled wall holding a copy of a book titled BURNING SUGAR.

Cicely Belle Blain

A black and white photo of a young fair-haired white man with glasses.

Dominik Parisien

A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.

Brandon Wint

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and colourful beaded earrings.

Tenille K. Campbell

A young Guyanese woman with long dark hair looks off into the upper-right corner of the photograph.

Natasha Ramoutar

A young Black woman stands against a tiled wall holding a copy of a book titled BURNING SUGAR.

Cicely Belle Blain

Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed, queer femme from London, UK now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. At the heart of all their work, Cicely Belle harnesses their passion for justice, liberation and meaningful change via transformative education, always with laughter, and fearlessly in the face of systemic oppression.They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one Vancouver’s 50 most powerful people by Vancouver Magazine in 2018 and again in 2020, BC Business’s 30 under 30 and one of Refinery29’s Powerhouses. Cicely Belle is the author of Burning Sugar, out now with Arsenal Pulp Press.

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33. Poets on the Body

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

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Bardia Sinaee

A Black woman with long braids.

Bunmi Laditan

A young Black woman stands against a tiled wall holding a copy of a book titled BURNING SUGAR.

Cicely Belle Blain

A black and white photo of a young fair-haired white man with glasses.

Dominik Parisien

A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.

Brandon Wint

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and colourful beaded earrings.

Tenille K. Campbell

A young Guyanese woman with long dark hair looks off into the upper-right corner of the photograph.

Natasha Ramoutar

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and colourful beaded earrings.

Tenille K. Campbell

Tenille K Campbell is a Dene/Métis author from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is enrolled in her PhD program at University of Saskatchewan. Her inaugural poetry book, #IndianLovePoems (Signature Editions, 2017) is an award-winning collection of poetry that focuses on Indigenous Erotica – using humour and storytelling to reclaim and explore ideas of Indigenous sexuality. Her newest collection, Nedi Nezu, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in spring 2021. She is also the artist behind sweetmoon photography and the co-creator of the women’s blog, tea&bannock.

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33. Poets on the Body

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

An Iran-Canadian man with dark hair and a small beard seated outside under a tree. he wears a wide-brimmed hat.

Bardia Sinaee

A Black woman with long braids.

Bunmi Laditan

A young Black woman stands against a tiled wall holding a copy of a book titled BURNING SUGAR.

Cicely Belle Blain

A black and white photo of a young fair-haired white man with glasses.

Dominik Parisien

A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.

Brandon Wint

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and colourful beaded earrings.

Tenille K. Campbell

A young Guyanese woman with long dark hair looks off into the upper-right corner of the photograph.

Natasha Ramoutar

A young Guyanese woman with long dark hair looks off into the upper-right corner of the photograph.

Natasha Ramoutar

Natasha Ramoutar is an Indo-Guyanese writer by way of Scarborough (Ganatsekwyagon) at the east side of Toronto. She is the Social Media Assistant at the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) and the Fiction Editor of Feel Ways, an anthology of Scarborough writing. Her first poetry collection Bittersweet was published by Mawenzi House in 2020.

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33. Poets on the Body

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

May 8, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

An Iran-Canadian man with dark hair and a small beard seated outside under a tree. he wears a wide-brimmed hat.

Bardia Sinaee

A Black woman with long braids.

Bunmi Laditan

A young Black woman stands against a tiled wall holding a copy of a book titled BURNING SUGAR.

Cicely Belle Blain

A black and white photo of a young fair-haired white man with glasses.

Dominik Parisien

A black-and-white photo of a young Black man with long hair in dreads and a small beard.

Brandon Wint

An Indigenous woman with long dark hair and colourful beaded earrings.

Tenille K. Campbell

A young Guyanese woman with long dark hair looks off into the upper-right corner of the photograph.

Natasha Ramoutar

A black and white photo of a young White woman with blonde hair and bangs. She is smiling.

Brittany Lavery

Brittany Lavery (she/her/hers) started her publishing career in 2009 with an internship at The Cooke Agency (now CookeMcDermid) and moved on to positions at the University of Toronto Press and Penguin Random House Canada, joining Graydon House in 2015. She has worked with debut authors, NYT bestsellers, and award-winners. Brittany is looking for buzzworthy book club fiction that speaks to our zeitgeist, with a particular emphasis on queer and Own Voices stories. With any submission, a fresh voice and a juicy commercial hook are key! Her current author list includes Tarryn Fisher, Megan Angelo, Jenny Lecoat, Karen Hamilton, Hester Fox, and Kate Bromley.

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34. Writing for Harlequin

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A black and white photo of a young White woman with blonde hair and bangs. She is smiling.

Brittany Lavery

A biracial woman with curly brown hair and clear-rimmed glasses. She wears a black shirt under a grey cardigan.

Errin Toma

A biracial woman with curly brown hair and clear-rimmed glasses. She wears a black shirt under a grey cardigan.

Errin Toma

Errin Toma (she/her) is the editorial assistant for Desire along with two other lines at Harlequin, joining the company in 2019. Before her editorial career at Harlequin, she worked in various publishing positions across the industry. She’s thrilled to be reading and editing Romance and is looking to build her list with trope-heavy stories featuring a fresh and flirty voice, high sensuality, and compelling stakes, especially from BIPOC authors. When she’s not working, she’s busy spending time with her friends & family, watching true crime and paranormal documentaries, and constantly re-arranging her bookshelves to fit more books.

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34. Writing for Harlequin

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A black and white photo of a young White woman with blonde hair and bangs. She is smiling.

Brittany Lavery

A biracial woman with curly brown hair and clear-rimmed glasses. She wears a black shirt under a grey cardigan.

Errin Toma

A stylized photo of a young Asian-Canadian woman. She wears a wide-brimmed hat and is looking down, away from the camera. The hat obscures most of her face.

Hudson Lin

Hudson Lin was raised by conservative immigrant parents and grew up straddling two cultures with ofttimes conflicting perspectives on life. Instead of conforming to either, she has sought to find a third way that brings together the positive elements of both. Having spent much of her life on the outside looking in, Lin likes to write stories about outsiders who fight to carve out their place in society, and overcome everyday challenges to find love and happily ever afters. Her books are diverse romances featuring queer and disabled people of color.

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35. Diversity in Romance Publishing

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A stylized photo of a young Asian-Canadian woman. She wears a wide-brimmed hat and is looking down, away from the camera. The hat obscures most of her face.

Hudson Lin

A young Asian woman with blonde hair. She wears a white blouse and dark pants.

Lily Chu

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

A young BLack woman with short curly dark hair. She sits on a bench amd weats a blue and rose-coloured multi-print shirt.

Alicia Cox Thomson

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

After a childhood raised on Bollywood, Monty Python, and Jane Austen, Farah Heron wove complicated story arcs and uplifting happily ever afters in her daydreams while pursuing careers in human resources and psychology. She started writing those stories down a few years ago, and never looked back. She writes romantic comedies for both adults and teens full of huge South Asian families, delectable food, and most importantly, brown people falling stupidly in love. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two teenagers, a rabbit, and two cats who rule the house.

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35. Diversity in Romance Publishing

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A stylized photo of a young Asian-Canadian woman. She wears a wide-brimmed hat and is looking down, away from the camera. The hat obscures most of her face.

Hudson Lin

A young Asian woman with blonde hair. She wears a white blouse and dark pants.

Lily Chu

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

A young BLack woman with short curly dark hair. She sits on a bench amd weats a blue and rose-coloured multi-print shirt.

Alicia Cox Thomson

38. Writers on Love and Longing

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A young Black woman wearing a bright pink coat stands next to the cover for her latest novel, TIES THAT TETHER.

Jane Igharo

A middle-aged Indian woman in a beige hijab smiles against a white background. She has her arms crossed one ofver the other and wears a burgundy top.

Uzma Jalaluddin

A young Indian woman with long dark hair crosses her arms and smiles at the camera. She stands against a grey backdrop.

Sonya Lalli

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

A young BLack woman with short curly dark hair. She sits on a bench amd weats a blue and rose-coloured multi-print shirt.

Alicia Cox Thomson

Alicia Cox Thomson has been in the media industry for 20 years, working as a digital and social media editor for Chatelaine, Flare and HGTV Canada. She has been published in Chatelaine, Flare, Today’s Parent, CBC Life, Elle Canada, Refinery29, Best Health and more. Alicia is currently working on a romance novel and raising two great kids with her husband in Hamilton.

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35. Diversity in Romance Publishing

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A stylized photo of a young Asian-Canadian woman. She wears a wide-brimmed hat and is looking down, away from the camera. The hat obscures most of her face.

Hudson Lin

A young Asian woman with blonde hair. She wears a white blouse and dark pants.

Lily Chu

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

A young BLack woman with short curly dark hair. She sits on a bench amd weats a blue and rose-coloured multi-print shirt.

Alicia Cox Thomson

A Black womann with shoulder-length brown hair stands smiling, her left hand resting on her hip. She wears a purple and light blue shirt decorated in a zigzag pattern.

Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of six romance novels, including The Wedding Date, The Proposal, and the upcoming While We Were Dating. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, and Time. She lives in Oakland, California.

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36. One-on-One with Jasmine Guillory

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A Black womann with shoulder-length brown hair stands smiling, her left hand resting on her hip. She wears a purple and light blue shirt decorated in a zigzag pattern.

Jasmine Guillory

A young Black woman with chin-length bobbed hair in dreads. She wears a bright red dress.

Léonicka Valcius

A middle-aged Indian woman with lond dark hair. She wears a black and red dress and a long golden pendant.

Sonali Dev

USA Today Bestselling author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world. Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer Choice Award for best contemporary romance, multiple RT Seals of Excellence, is a RITA® finalist, and has been listed for the Dublin Literary award. Shelf Awareness calls her “Not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.” She lives in Chicagoland where she fights her husband and two visiting adult children over spoiling the world’s most perfect dog.

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37. Building Your Author Brand with Sonali Dev

6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A middle-aged Indian woman with lond dark hair. She wears a black and red dress and a long golden pendant.

Sonali Dev

A young Black woman wearing a bright pink coat stands next to the cover for her latest novel, TIES THAT TETHER.

Jane Igharo

 Jane Abieyuwa Igharo was born in Nigeria and immigrated to Canada at the age of twelve. She has a journalism degree from the University of Toronto and works as a communications specialist in Ontario, Canada. She writes about strong, audacious, beautifully flawed Nigerian women much like the ones in her life.

Upcoming Events

38. Writers on Love and Longing

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A young Black woman wearing a bright pink coat stands next to the cover for her latest novel, TIES THAT TETHER.

Jane Igharo

A middle-aged Indian woman in a beige hijab smiles against a white background. She has her arms crossed one ofver the other and wears a burgundy top.

Uzma Jalaluddin

A young Indian woman with long dark hair crosses her arms and smiles at the camera. She stands against a grey backdrop.

Sonya Lalli

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

A middle-aged Indian woman in a beige hijab smiles against a white background. She has her arms crossed one ofver the other and wears a burgundy top.

Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin is the author of Ayesha At Last and Hana Khan Carries On, as well as a teacher and columnist for The Toronto Star.

Upcoming Events

38. Writers on Love and Longing

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A young Black woman wearing a bright pink coat stands next to the cover for her latest novel, TIES THAT TETHER.

Jane Igharo

A middle-aged Indian woman in a beige hijab smiles against a white background. She has her arms crossed one ofver the other and wears a burgundy top.

Uzma Jalaluddin

A young Indian woman with long dark hair crosses her arms and smiles at the camera. She stands against a grey backdrop.

Sonya Lalli

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

A young Indian woman with long dark hair crosses her arms and smiles at the camera. She stands against a grey backdrop.

Sonya Lalli

Sonya Lalli is a romance and women’s fiction author of Indian heritage. Her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Glamour, The Washington Post, CBC, The Toronto Star and more. Her debut novel The Matchmaker’s List was a Target Diverse Book Club Pick, Cityline Book Club Pick, and Apple Best Book of the Month. Grown-Up Pose (2020) was a Globe and Mail national bestseller and Amazon Best Book of the Month. Serena Singh Flips the Script is her latest novel.

Upcoming Events

38. Writers on Love and Longing

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

May 15, 2021

FOLD 21 Virtual Platform

A young Black woman wearing a bright pink coat stands next to the cover for her latest novel, TIES THAT TETHER.

Jane Igharo

A middle-aged Indian woman in a beige hijab smiles against a white background. She has her arms crossed one ofver the other and wears a burgundy top.

Uzma Jalaluddin

A young Indian woman with long dark hair crosses her arms and smiles at the camera. She stands against a grey backdrop.

Sonya Lalli

A middle-aged Indian Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark curly hair and glasses stands smiling against a backdrop of trees.

Farah Heron

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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