How do marginalized writers reconcile with Canada’s past…and present? How do writers craft stories that resist systems of oppression? This first of two panels explores the on-going work of writers who are writing and re-writing history through poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and comedy. Featuring Samra Habib, Ryan McMahon, Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Rinaldo Walcott and Idil Abdillahi.
Saturday May 2nd : 8:00pm – 9:30pm EST
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Samra Habib is a writer, photographer, and activist. Her memoir, We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Memoir was a finalist for Canada Reads in 2020. As a journalist she’s covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Advocate, and her photo project, “Just Me and Allah,” has been featured in Nylon, i-D, Vanity Fair Italia, Vice, and The Washington Post.
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe creative who talks, writes and yells for a living. McMahon’s work is squarely rooted at the intersection between the good, the bad and ugly between Indian Country and the mainstream.
Dorothy Ellen Palmer
Dorothy Ellen Palmer is a disabled senior writer, accessibility advocate, retired English/Drama teacher, improv coach, and OSSTF union activist. Her work appears in: Refuse, Nothing Without Us, Wordgathering, Alt-Minds, All Lit Up, Herizons, Little Fiction Big Truths, 49th Shelf, and Open Book. Her novel, When Fenelon Falls, (Coach House, 2010), features a disabled protagonist in the Woodstock-Moonwalk summer of 1969. Her memoir, Falling for Myself, just appeared with Wolsak and Wynn.
Rinaldo Walcott is a co-author of Black Life: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom. He is a writer, critic and Professor. His work is centrally concerned with Black life across the diaspora.
Rinaldo will be appearing in Reconciliation and Resistance.
Idil Abdillahi is the co-author of Black Life: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom and an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University.
Idil will be appearing in Reconciliation and Resistance.
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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
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Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag
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Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater
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Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
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Ian Williams, Author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction
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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.