Schedule - The FOLD
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Schedule

A list of nineteen virtual events for FOLD 2020. Register below for individual events.

Description

The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) holds over thirty-different literary event on the first weekend of May. Events include workshops, panel discussions, theatre performances, poetry, and more.

This year, all festival events will take place online. To register, select the individual events of interest and click “Register” to go to the individual Eventbrite pages.

All Eventbrite registrants will automatically be registered for the corresponding Zoom webinar.

Schedule

Saturday, April 25
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1. The Power and Politics of Prizes

Online

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

BBelcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt

KMolope

Kagiso Lesego Molope

CPlett

Casey Plett

SHabib

Samra Habib

A Filipino woman with long dark hair wears a red dress and necklace.

Catherine Hernandez

Thursday, April 30
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2. Breaking Down Poetry Workshop

Online

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

BBelcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt

CLubrin

Canisia Lubrin

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3. Words Without Borders (YA Fiction)

Online

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Imam Baksh

Imam Baksh

Sheena Kamal

Sheena Kamal

Sandhya Menon

Sandhya Menon

Lindsay Wong

Lindsay Wong

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Mahak Jain

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4. Fractured Fairytales

Online

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Mona Awad

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Amanda Leduc

Sandhya Menon

Sandhya Menon

TheaLim

Thea Lim

Friday, May 1
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5. Translation Duel/Duel de Traduction

Online

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Edem Awumey

Edem Awumey

Rhonda Mullins

Rhonda Mullins

Wayne Grady

Wayne Grady

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6. Podcasting Masterclass with Ryan McMahon

Online

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

RMcMahon

Ryan McMahon

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7. Better Bring the Book Club

Online

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Mona Awad

Sheena Kamal

Sheena Kamal

AKhan

Adnan Khan

SLalli

Sonya Lalli

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Ann Y K Choi

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8. Reconciliation & Resistance: Part I

Online

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

HKnott

Helen Knott

CLubrin

Canisia Lubrin

JHeijunWills

Jenny Heijun Wills

JThistle

Jesse Thistle

BBelcourt

Billy-Ray Belcourt

Saturday, May 2
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9. The Process of Publishing Workshop

Online

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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10. What We Found

Online

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DPalmer

Dorothy Ellen Palmer

JThistle

Jesse Thistle

JHeijunWills

Jenny Heijun Wills

Lindsay Wong

Lindsay Wong

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Farzana Doctor

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11. Fiction Workshop

Online

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

KMolope

Kagiso Lesego Molope

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12. Nonfiction Workshop

Online

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

HKnott

Helen Knott

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13. Reconciliation & Resistance: Part II

Online

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

SHabib

Samra Habib

RMcMahon

Ryan McMahon

DPalmer

Dorothy Ellen Palmer

Rinald

Rinaldo Walcott

Idil

Idil Abdillahi

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14. The Poet’s Block Party

Online

10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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D Mckenzie

Desiree Mckenzie

Jamaal Jackson Rogers

Jamaal Jackson Rogers

Shiann Croft

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DJ Roshanie

DJ Roshanie

Sunday, May 3
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15. The Art of Craft – Trans Brilliance Edition

Online

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

GBenaway

Gwen Benaway

ABlythe

Ali Blythe

CPlett

Casey Plett

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Kai Cheng Thom

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Jia Qing Wilson-Yang

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16. Creating Your Own Audiobook Workshop

Online

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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17. Fighting Injustice with Fiction

Online

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

AKhan

Adnan Khan

KMolope

Kagiso Lesego Molope

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Danny Ramadan

Wayne Grady

Wayne Grady

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18. The Politics of Theatre

Online

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MSImamba

Makambe Simamba

A Filipino woman with long dark hair wears a red dress and necklace.

Catherine Hernandez

Monday, May 4
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19. Five Years of FOLD: A Post-FOLD Discussion

Online

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Jael Richardson

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Amanda Leduc

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Steven Beattie

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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