3. Words Without Borders (YA Fiction) - The FOLD

3. Words Without Borders (YA Fiction)

Can books provide answers to life’s big problems – from world politics to personal triumphs and traumas? [CC]

Session Description

Authors from Canada, the USA, and Guyana discuss how books explore the way we see ourselves and the world around us. With books that tackle topics like school, boxing and travel in genres that cover everything from fantasy to fairytales and romance, students will hear excerpts from new and established writers and enjoy a powerful discussion.

Thursday, April 30th : 2:00pm – 2:30pm EST.

Please note: This event has already taken place. Thank you to all who attended! Find other events to attend and view the full schedule of events here.

Featured Speaker(s)

Imam Baksh
Imam Baksh
Bio
Sheena Kamal
Sheena Kamal
Bio
Sandhya Menon
Sandhya Menon
Bio
Lindsay Wong
Lindsay Wong
Bio
Mahak Jain - Headshot
Mahak Jain
Bio
Imam Baksh

Imam Baksh

Imam Baksh is from Guyana, South America and writes tales of magic, monsters and heroes. His works feature Guyanese folklore and dialogue in his native Creole.

Imam will appear in Words Without Borders and the Grad Track.

Sheena Kamal

Sheena Kamal

Sheena Kamal’s writing has been featured in The Guardian, Bustle, The Irish Times, Writer’s Digest and Entertainment Weekly. Her bestselling debut novel The Lost Ones won her a 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, a Strand Magazine Critics Award and Macavity Award for Best First Novel. The sequel It All Falls Down was called “a stunning, emotionally resonant thriller” in its Kirkus starred review. In 2020, expect her next thriller No Going Back, and her first YA novel, Fight Like A Girl.

Sheena will appear in Words Without Borders and Better Bring the Book Club.

Sandhya Menon

Sandhya Menon

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi, Of Curses and Kisses, and many other novels that also feature lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Her books have been included in several cool places, including the Today show, Teen Vogue, NPR, BuzzFeed, and Seventeen. A full-time dog servant and part-time writer, she makes her home in the foggy mountains of Colorado. Visit her online at SandhyaMenon.com.

Sandhya is the 2020 FOLD Writer-in-Residence. She will appear in Words Without Borders, the Grad Track, and Fractured Fairy Tales.

Lindsay Wong

Lindsay Wong

Lindsay Wong is the author of the bestselling, award-winning memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family. She has a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University, and she is now based in Vancouver, Canada. My Summer of Love and Misfortune is her first YA novel.

Lindsay will appear in Words Without Borders and What We Found.

Mahak Jain - Headshot

Mahak Jain

Mahak Jain is the author of the picture book Maya, which was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, a CBC Best Book of the Year, and winner of the South Asia Book Award. Born in Delhi, Mahak came of age in four different countries. She currently resides in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing and edits books for young people.

Mahak will be moderating Words Without Borders.

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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