Schedule - The FOLD
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Schedule

A complete list of the FOLD 2021 schedule

Description

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) celebrates Canadian and international authors with forty events that prioritize underrepresented authors and storytellers from around the world.

The 2021 festival took place live online from May 1-15.

All festival sessions are available in replay mode on the festival platform until June 15.

Festival events include panels, discussions, workshops, and interactive events that allow guests from across Canada and around the world to participate in the festival on a brand new virtual platform. All festival events will be close-captioned.

The festival also included virtual networking events for aspiring, emerging and established writers.

Individual all-access passes for all festival events are $39.

You can also bundle 5 all-access passes for $175.

Click Here to Register for Your All Access Pass.

Recordings from all of the festival events, including a special library of pre-recorded events from festival partners, are available to watch and re-watch until June 15, 2021.

Click here to see a list of the powerful authors, poets and storytellers that took part in this year’s festival.

Click here to see a complete schedule of the FOLD 2021 festival events.

Click here for a PDF version of the festival schedule.

 

 

Schedule

Wednesday, April 28
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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

Friday, April 30
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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

Saturday, May 1
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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

Sunday, May 2
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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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A dark-haired Filipino man with a moustache and scruffy beard smiles gently in front of a window.

Bryan Ibeas

Amanda Orozco

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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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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

Monday, May 3
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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.

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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

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

Tuesday, May 4
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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

Wednesday, May 5
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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

Thursday, May 6
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23. Behind the Story of Dwayne “DeRo” De Rosario

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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

Friday, May 7
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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

Saturday, May 8
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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

Saturday, May 15
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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

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

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 young Black woman stands in a landscape dotted with trees.

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.

Upcoming Events

1. PREVIEW EVENT: Writers on Place and Belonging

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

April 28, 2021

Online

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

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

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.

Upcoming Events

1. PREVIEW EVENT: Writers on Place and Belonging

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

April 28, 2021

Online

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

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

Upcoming Events

1. PREVIEW EVENT: Writers on Place and Belonging

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

April 28, 2021

Online

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

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.

Upcoming Events

1. PREVIEW EVENT: Writers on Place and Belonging

8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

April 28, 2021

Online

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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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