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FOLD: Canada's newest author festival celebrating literary diversity

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 this coming May 2016.

"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 their program. Starting with PEN's Writer in Exile, Eden Esayu from Eritrea to their fina session titled, The Final Word featuring beloved author, Lawrence Hill (Book of Negros, The Illegal) who novel focus's on the world refugee crisis.

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 25, 2016

Check Out Those Books!

Lawrence Hill, The Illegal.
Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie - The Complete Series (Season 1 to 6)
Dwane Morgan, Poetry Slam.
Sheila Sampath, Shameless. a magazine.
Sashiko Murikami, Get Me Out of Here.

 

 

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