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FOLD - May 4-7th Brampton Ont

abstract:If the axiom of good writing is "Write what you know", then perhaps the axiom of a good reader should be "Read what you don't know." That's how I see FOLD, Canada's first literary festival celebrating literary diversity. It's founded by Jael Richardson and takes place in her hometown of Brampton, Ontario now in its second season, coming May 4-7 2017. "The Festival of Literary Diversity will celebrate stories that are underrepresented in Canadian literature — stories that reflect variations in geography, ethnicity, race, culture, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and religion, and stories that employ different methods of story-telling." Check out the 25 programs on offer over 3 days. The FOLD will utilize a “three-fold” approach in the programming: engaging readers, inspiring writers, and empowering educators. The main festival runs from Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8, but the larger festival includes a workshop for educators and sessions dedicated towards high school students.

What I didn't know is that "Brampton is Canada’s second fastest growing city and the ninth largest city in the country. Located immediately north of Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Brampton residents represent more than 170 different cultures and speak more than 70 languages. People have literally come from around the world to live, work, play, read, and write in this City." Speaking as a Vancouverite - that's a wonderful distinction to celebrate!

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March 26, 2017
— Here is a peek at some of the talent:

Arushi Raina grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. So far, she’s also lived in Egypt, Nigeria, India, the US, UK, and most recently, Canada. Her debut novel, When Morning Comes, was released in July of 2016.

KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for Canada Reads. His latest book, Brown, was hailed as “brilliant” by The Walrus magazine and “essential reading” by the Globe and Mail and made the shortlist of the Governor General Literary Awards in Nonfiction.

KAMAL AL-SOLAYLEE is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for Canada Reads. His latest book, Brown, was hailed as “brilliant” by The Walrus magazine and “essential reading” by the Globe and Mail and made the shortlist of the Governor General Literary Awards in Nonfiction.

 

 

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