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FREE FALL   An excerpt from The Dependent: A Memoir of Marriage & the Military by Danielle Daniel.   I should become a professional wrestler. My name would be Mad Justice. I would stitch MJ on my chest and tie a tomato-red satin cape around my neck. It would flap behind me as I bounced into...

I have a confession to make: I love crime fiction. This may not seem like a revelatory admission, but I’ve been writing literary novels for a long time now and genre snobbery is, I’ve discovered, a real thing. When I was in university, I worked at a bookstore and it was there I learned that...

TRANSCRIPT: DIVERSE BODIES: ON DISABILITY AND EXCLUSION     Panelists: Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Jael Richardson. Moderator: Amanda Leduc   Amanda: Hello and welcome, my name is Amanda Leduc and I am the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity, based in Brampton, Ontario. With me today is author Dorothy Ellen Palmer and...

One of the first people I shared the first draft of The Boy & the Bindi with was my friend Robin Phillips. Robin is an elementary school teacher and a parent, therefore making her an expert on children. I figured if anyone could honestly tell me if the draft had potential as a children’s picture...

Diverse Bodies: On Disability and Exclusion. Authors Dorothy Ellen Palmer and Jael Richardson join moderator Amanda Leduc in a candid discussion about disability in literature and the need for advocacy in Canadian arts around disabled narratives. This podcast is a re-creation: the original panel session was held on May 7, 2016, as part of the...

“I still feel the impact of those words. I understood right away that this conversation could not wait another year.” – FOLD Artistic Director, Jael Richardson   In February, the FOLD Planning Team finalized the first Festival of Literary Diversity schedule. As the Artistic Director, I told the team, “This is it. We’re done. No...

Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The book received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award as an Emerging Artist. A children’s book called The...

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