8. Reconciliation & Resistance: Part I - The FOLD

16. Panels: Reconciliation & Resistance

A two-panel feature event with a pre-show reception and comedy by Ryan McMahon sponsored by Penguin Random House.

Closed captioning will be provided at this event.

Session Description

How do marginalized writers reconcile with Canada’s past…and present? How do writers craft stories that resist systems of oppression? This two-part panel explores the on-going work of writers who are writing and re-writing history through poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and comedy. Join us in this power-packed evening of groundbreaking ideas that includes two powerful panels of authors, a tasty pre-show reception, and a special presentation from comedian Ryan McMahon. Sponsored by Penguin Random House. Featuring Helen Knott, Canisia Lubrin, Jesse Thistle and Jenny Heijun Wills, Billy Ray Belcourt, Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Rinaldo Walcott, Ryan McMahon, Samra Habib, and Idil Abdillahi.

Session Cost: $20. Includes two panels and pre-show reception.

This event is available as a single-ticket event, as part of the Grad Track, and with the Festival Passes, Weekend Passes, or Saturday Day Passes.

 

 

Session Schedule

5:15 – Reception

6:00 – Panel 1: Canisia Lubrin, Helen Knott, Jesse Thistle and Jenny Heijun Wills with Billy Ray Belcourt

6:55 – Intermission

7:10 – Presentation: Ryan McMahon

7:25 – Panel 2: Samra Habib, Ryan McMahon, Dorothy Ellen Palmer, and Rinaldo Walcott with Idil Abdillahi

 

Sponsored by Penguin Random House

Featured Speaker(s)

CLubrin
Canisia Lubrin
Bio
DPalmer
Dorothy Ellen Palmer
Bio
JHeijunWills
Jenny Heijun Wills
Bio
RMcMahon
Ryan McMahon
Bio
SHabib
Samra Habib
Bio
Rinald
Rinaldo Walcott
Bio
Idil
Idil Abdillahi
Bio
BBelcourt
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Bio
CLubrin

Canisia Lubrin

Teacher, editor, and critic, Canisia Lubrin has been published internationally, including translations into Spanish, Italian, and forthcoming in German and French. In 2019 she was Writer-In-Residence at Queen’s University and poetry faculty at Banff Centre. She’s received nominations for the Toronto Book Award, Journey Prize, Gerald Lampert, Pat Lowther, and others. Lubrin’s Voodoo Hypothesis was a CBC Best Book. The Dyzgraphxst (M&S) is her second book. She earned an MFA at the University of Guelph.

Canisia will facilitate Brunch N’ Learn: Breaking Down Poetry with Billy-Ray Belcourt and will appear in Reconciliation and Resistance.

DPalmer

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.

Dorothy will appear in What We Found and Reconciliation and Resistance.

JHeijunWills

Jenny Heijun Wills

Jenny Heijun Wills has lived, studied, and worked in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, and Seoul. Her memoir, Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related won the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for non-fiction. She currently teaches at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba.

Jenny is appearing in What We Found and Reconciliation & Resistance.

RMcMahon

Ryan McMahon

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.

Ryan will be facilitating the Podcasting Masterclass and will appear in Reconciliation and Resistance.

SHabib

Samra Habib

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.

Samra is appearing in The Power & Politics of Prizes and Reconciliation & Resistance.

Rinald

Rinaldo Walcott

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

Idil Abdillahi

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.

BBelcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation and lives in Vancouver. He is the author of This Wound is a World (Frontenac 2017), NDN Coping Mechanisms (House of Anansi 2019), and A History of My Brief Body (Hamish Hamilton 2020).

Billy-Ray will appear in Brunch N’ Learn: Breaking Down Poetry, The Power and Politics of Prizes, and will moderate part of the discussion in Reconciliation and Resistance.

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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