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The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)


The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Pass provides access to sessions on Saturday, May 7, 2016. At checkout, you will be asked to select which sessions you wish to attend to ensure that seats are made available.
$45.00 $3.31
Pass provides access to sessions on Sunday, May 8, 2016. At checkout, you will be asked to select which sessions you wish to attend to ensure that seats are made available.
$45.00 $3.31
Pass provides access to sessions on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. At checkout, you will be asked to select which sessions you wish to attend to ensure that seats are made available.
$90.00 $6.00
1. FRI | 9:00am | The Power of the PEN
As part of PEN Canada’s Writer in Exile program, Eyasu shares her story and the challenges of re-settling in Canada after her work in journalism led to her exile from Eritrea. [CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOL | Main Aud]
$10.00 $1.20
2. FRI | 11:00am | The Spoken Word
Spoken Word team, The Unchartered, present performance poetry collectively and as individual artists, fielding questions from the audience and local spoken word artist Queen Lamoi – covering topics from the creation of new work to performance strategies. [CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOL | Main Aud]
$10.00 $1.20
8. FRI | 8:00pm | SUBDIVIDED: City Building with a Global Perspective
Presenting from their writing in the anthology SUBDIVIDED, co-editor and contributor Jay Pitter and contributing writers Ian Kamau, Eric Mann and Noreen Ahmed-Ullah discuss how regions would function if decision-makers genuinely accounted for race, ethnicity, and class when confronting issues such as transit, arts funding, and public space. Q and A moderated by co-editor John Lorinc. This feature event is sponsored by Sheridan. [CITY HALL | MAIN ATRIUM]
$25.00 $2.11
9. SAT | 8:00am | Yoga Live
Join us for yang yin yoga. Wake up with energizing movement, then spend some time with gentle stretching to the acoustic sounds of a live musician. [PAMA]
$5.00 $0.91
10. SAT | 9:30am A | Faith and Fiction
Canadian authors Vivek Shraya, Zarqa Nawaz, Ayelet Tsabari, and Cherie Dimaline discuss the development of plot, character, and stories and the inspiration behind them with Eufemia Fantetti. [PAMA | Council Chambers]
$10.00 $1.20
11. SAT | 9:30am B | Workshop: Publishing 101
How do emerging writers navigate the publishing industry? Is it better to have an agent? To self-publish? Is using social media and developing a website really important? Industry professional Brian Francis shares tips, tricks, and an insider's peek into the world of Canadian publishing. This event is sponsored by ECW Press. [PAMA | Studio 2]
$15.00 $1.51
12. SAT | 11:00am A | Powerful Protagonists
Join a star-studded cast of short fiction writers and novelists in a discussion about developing characters who live beyond the page. Featuring Canadian authors Samuel Archibald, Heather O’Neill, Waubgeshig Rice, and Helen Humphreys in conversation with Aga Maksimowska. [PAMA | Council Chambers]
$10.00 $1.20
13. SAT | 11:00am B | NEW! Diverse Bodies: On Diversity and Exclusion   more info $10.00 $1.20
14. SAT | 11:00am C | Workshop: Writing Creative Nonfiction
Join prize-winning author Ayelet Tsabari as she teaches writers how to create true stories that are noteworthy and compelling. [PAMA | Studio 2]
$15.00 $1.51
15. SAT | 1:30pm A | SPIN with Clive Veroni
Using current events as a backdrop for discussion, Clive Veroni reveals how advertisers are adopting political campaign strategies in an attempt to manipulate and influence consumers – and why consumers should care. [PAMA | Courtroom]
$10.00 $1.20
16. SAT | 1:30pm B | Defying Boundaries
Trans writer and social activist Chase Joynt and multi-disciplinary artist and LGBTQ activist Vivek Shraya sit down with author and journalist Zoe Whittal to discuss the complex tensions that exist between language and identity, exploring the role that art and artistic expression play in transforming the way we relate to one another. [PAMA | Council Chambers]
$10.00 $1.20
17. SAT | 1:30pm C | Workshop: Writing YA
Led by Angela Misri, author of The Portia Adams Adventure Series, this workshop will explore point of view, plot, pacing, character development and structure. [PAMA | Studio 2]
$15.00 $1.51
18. SAT | 3:00pm A | Growing Pains
Talking Drake, pop culture, and the life and language of a new generation, authors Carrianne Leung, Melanie Mah, and Dalton Higgins discuss the creation of books about youth culture in conversation with Jennifer Chambers. [PAMA | Courtroom]
$10.00 $1.20
19. SAT | 3:00pm B | Publishing (More) Diverse Can Lit
From acquisition to acquired reading, industry professionals Anita Chong (Penguin-Random House), Barbara Howson (House of Anansi), Rachel Thompson (ROOM Magazine), Bianca Spence, and Susan Travis (Scholastic Books) discuss ways to improve access to diverse, Canadian stories at home and beyond Canadian borders. [PAMA | Upper Chambers]
$10.00 $1.20
20. SAT | 5:30pm | The Writers' Court
Watch as industry professionals listen to emerging authors reading the first pages of an unpublished manuscript. Successful work may earn a full transcript review from one of the panelists. Find out just what it takes to make a big impression in the must-see event of the festival. [PAMA | Courtroom]
$10.00 $1.20
21. SAT | 7:30pm | Spoken Word Showcase
Featuring Dwayne Morgan, Britta B, Truth Is, Paulina O'keeffe, and Chris Tse in a live outdoor event. [DOWNTOWN BRAMPTON | Garden Square]
Free $0.00
22. SAT | 9:00pm | Networking Pub with Little Fiction | Big Truths
For local and visiting aspiring, emerging, and established writers. Join a casual night of drinks and fun with a special reading by Jon Chan Simpson. 19 and over.
Free $0.00
23. SUN | 10:00am | A Little Mosque on the Prairie Breakfast
Enjoy morning tea and breakfast treats while watching one of LMOTP most popular (and controversial episodes). Discuss how the making of comedy impacts prejudice and islamaphobia in a discussion with author and LMOTP creator Zarqa Nawaz. [PAMA | Council Chambers]
$25.00 $2.11
24. SUN | 12:00pm A | In the News
Pulling from the stories and events that have inspired their most recent work, Canadian authors Farzana Doctor, Jay Pitter, Chase Joynt, and Patti Laboucane-Benson discuss how politics shape the creation of stories with author Karen Connelly, exploring the role writers play in response to news and politics. [PAMA | Courtroom]
$10.00 $1.20
25. SUN | 12:00pm B | Youth Writing Workshop
Shameless Magazine Editor Sheila Sampath leads students in writing exercises designed to help young writers convey the challenges of the present and the possibilities for what lies ahead in writing. For participants who 14-18 years of age. [PAMA | Council Chambers]
Free $0.00
26. SUN | 12:00pm C | Workshop: Writing Mental Health and Dementia
Inkwell Workshops creator Eufemia Fantetti leads writers in a workshop designed to help writers convey powerful stories about one of our most vulnerable populations. [PAMA | Studio 2]
$15.00 $1.51
27. SUN | 1:30pm A | Talk to Me
Cherie Dimaline, Samuel Archibald, Carrianne Leung, and Sabrina Ramnanan chat with Rashi Khilnani about the role readers play in the language and dialogue that frame and inhabit their characters and stories. [PAMA | Courtroom]
$10.00 $1.20
28. SUN | 1:30pm B | Sankofa's Pen Spring Meeting
Sankofa's Pen is a co-operative that supports writers and illustrators of African or Caribbean descent and paves a way of opportunity for Black writers and illustrators for children and young adults. New members welcome. [PAMA | Council Chambers]
Free $0.00
29. SUN | 1:30pm C | Diverse Can (Kid) Lit
A workshop for educators, librarians and parents looking for stories by and about diverse, Canadian authors. Covering children's lit to middle readers/YA. Kid-friendly: child-minding space at the session as well as a pop-up book workshop next door.
Free $0.00
30. SUN | 2:00pm | The Writers' Hub
The Diverse Can Lit Writers' Hub is a FREE drop-in event on Sunday, May 8 from 2-4pm where writers can meet publishers who are actively seeking diverse stories and voices (short fiction, fiction, nonfiction, plus short-form stories and articles for magazines). The event is fair-style with up to two publishers and editors on hand to provide guests with details about upcoming submission calls and deadlines.
Free $0.00
31. SUN | 2:00pm D | PAMA Presents Leon Rooke
Join Leon Rooke in the Art Gallery for a reading from is new collaborative piece with artist Tony Calzette - Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices.
Free $0.00
32. SUN | 4:00pm | THE LAST LECTURE with Lawrence Hill
Internationally acclaimed and prize winning author Lawrence Hill reads from his current book, The Illegal, and discusses the important role stories play in the lives of those who are marginalized and disenfranchised with a focus on the current global refugee crisis. [ST. PAUL'S UNITED | Sanctuary]
$15.00 $1.51
If you can't be at the festival, but you want to support the cause, feel free to make a donation. We'll use it to share the love with attendees who require financial support or to support more FOLD endeavours.

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The Festival of Literary Diversity, The FOLD, is Canada's first festival for diverse books. The three-day event includes more than thirty sessions including feature panels, presentations, and workshops hosted by an impressive lineup of more than forty Canadian authors and industry professionals in historic downtown Brampton May 6-8, 2016.

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THE FOLD FOUNDATION is committed to creating a vibrant community of readers and writers through the celebration of diverse, Canadian authors and stories in Brampton - one of Canada's most culturally diverse cities. The Foundation puts on an annual literary festival and year-round literary events with a three-fold aim: to engage readers, inspire writers, and empower educators. 

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