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In Her Voice Festival: First Fictions

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Centre for Social Innovation - Annex

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Please join us for the third annual In Her Voice Festival, taking place June 1st to 3rd, 2019.

This year we'll be hosting roundtable discussions centred on a particular topic, along with our famous Books and Brunch, and a special evening with Eve Ensler. Full festival details can be found on our website.


Our first event of the Festival will feature three debut fiction writers discussing their process and their paths to publication. This event will feature:


Nadja Lubiw-Hazard, author of The Nap-Away Motel

Téa Mutonji, author of Shut up, You're Pretty

Zalika Reid-Benta, author of Frying Plantain

The discussion will be moderated by Samia Madwar


Doors open at 11 a.m. and the event will begin at noon.

The conversation will be 45-60 minutes, followed by a 15 minute audience Q&A.

Books will be for sale, and a formal book signing will close the event.



Please note: we do try to keep ticket prices as low as possible to make our events as accessible as we can. If you would like to attend the conversation but have difficulty covering the cost of a ticket please email Olivia (olivia@benmcnallybooks.com) for a complimentary ticket.




The Books and Authors





The Nap-Away Motel

In the heart of Scarborough sits the Nap-Away Motel, a hunched building providing hidden worlds for its occupants. Within its derelict walls, Suleiman longs to rebuild his broken family, Tiffany creates a fantasy world to escape from her mother’s neglect and Ori plans a search for their run-away twin brother. While they grapple with the challenges of mental health, addiction, and grief, the three dwellers manage to forge a friendship over a litter of stray kittens. Together, they find joy in ruin, and hope when everything seems lost.


Nadja Lubiw-Hazard

Nadja is a writer and a veterinarian. Her work has been published in Understorey, Room, Canthius, and The Dalhousie Review. The Nap-Away Motel is her first novel. She lives in Toronto with her wife and their two daughters.





Shut Up, You're Pretty

In Téa Mutonji's disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator's experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humour, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed.


Téa Mutonji

Téa Mutonji is an award-winning poet and writer. Born in Congo-Kinshasa, she now lives and writes in Scarborough, Ontario where she was named emerging writer of the year (2017) by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. Shut Up You're Pretty is her first book.





Frying Plantain

A rich and unforgettable portrait of growing up between worlds, Frying Plantain shows how, in one charged moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control, and teasing play can turn to something much darker. In her brilliantly incisive debut, Zalika Reid-Benta artfully depicts the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation Canadians and first-generation cultural expectations, and Black identity and predominately white society.



Zalika Reid-Benta

Zalika Reid-Benta is a Toronto-based writer whose work has appeared on CBC Books, in TOK: Writing the New Toronto, and in Apogee Journal. In 2011, George Elliott Clarke recommended her as a “Writer to Watch.” She received an M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia University in 2014 and is an alumnus of the 2017 Banff Writing Studio. She completed a double major in English Literature and Cinema and a minor in Caribbean Studies at University of Toronto’s Victoria College. She also studied Creative Writing at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. She is currently working on a young-adult fantasy novel drawing inspiration from Jamaican folklore and Akan spirituality.




Moderator: Samia Madwar

Samia Madwar is managing editor at The Walrus magazine. She has previously worked at Up Here and Canadian Geographic magazines and written for the CBC, Hakai magazine, and Arctic Deeply.




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