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Book Launch: Forty-One Pages (Montréal)

The Word Bookstore, 469 Milton Street Apr 24 07:30 pm - Apr 24 10:30 pm


Join John Steffler for a reading and discussion of his new work 'Forty-One Pages: On Poetry, Language, and Wilderness'.
The event is open to the public, and free admission. There will be books available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served.
John's previous poetry collection, 'Lookout', was shortlisted for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize, and he was the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada from 2006 to 2008.

Adam Pottle Introduced to FOLD 2019!

Brampton Ontario May 02 12:00 am - May 05 12:00 am

Register at to hear Adam Pottle speak in Brampton, ON at the Festival of Literary Diversity 2019

Adam holds a PhD in English literature and resides in Saskatoon! Adam is a deaf advocate and the author of VOICE


Whitney French introduced to FOLD 2019!

Brampton Ontario May 02 12:00 am - May 05 12:00 am

Register at to hear Whitey French speak at various panels throughout the Festival of Literary Diversity! Newly released is BLACK WRITERS MATTER edited by Whitney herself.

The founder and co-editor of From the Root Zine, Whitney French has been published in the Descant Magazine, anthologized in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, and is the host and facilitator of the Writing While Black creative writing studio. Whitney lives in Toronto.


(Brampton) Black Writers Matter, FOLD 2019 panel

Brampton City Hall Conservatory, 2 Wellington St W, Brampton, ON L6Y 4R2 May 02 07:30 pm - May 02 10:30 pm

Join Whitney French, editor of BLACK WRITERS MATTER, with others in this great panel at FOLD 2019

Register at to hear these powerful voices!

"This power-house panel explores the ways that Black writing hits “close to the bone” to deliver evocative, powerful, and critical narratives. Join this discussion with writers Esi Edugyan, Cecil Foster, Whitney French, and Ian Williams as they share the stories that have shaped their lives and their writing with author Natasha Henry." --FOLD 2019


(Brampton) IMAGI-NATION, FOLD 2019 panel

Rose Theatre Mainstage - 1 Theatre Ln, Brampton, ON L6V 0A3 May 04 09:30 am - May 04 12:00 pm

Join Whitney French and others for this great panel! To participate, register at

"Science fiction is often seen as works of sheer imagination—what happens, then, when the real world and the imagined world overlap? How do writers use real-world events and history to strengthen imaginary realms—and what happens when the real world gives us truths that are stranger than fiction? Join acclaimed authors Whitney French, Larissa Lai, and Waubgeshig Rice as they talk about how speculative and science fiction can help us uncover the magic of possibility. Moderated by Catherine Hernandez." -- FOLD 2019


(Brampton) My Body is an Activist, FOLD 2019 panel

Rose Theatre Mainstage May 04 11:00 am - May 04 02:00 pm

Join Adam Pottle, and others, for this panel on using one's physical self for activism. VOICE: ADAM POTTLE ON WRITING WITH DEAFNESS is part how-to and part memoir that brings a needed voice to the literary community. Listen to what he as to say by registering at

"How does the body, in its multitude of forms and features, open up new ways of thinking about community? What happens if you, your body, and your experiences are rendered invisible? This panel features four distinctive writers – Adam Pottle, Joshua Ferguson, and Imani Barbarin – who discuss how the world of books and bodies intersect in instrumental ways." --FOLD 2019


(Brampton) The 411 on Publishing, FOLD 2011 panel

Brampton City Hall Conservatory May 05 10:30 am - May 05 12:00 pm

Tea Mutonji and Vivek Shraya are having conversations with Whitney French on the ins and outs of publishing. In this panel, you will hear dialogue on the great effort put into making fine books come to life.

Register at to sit in on this sophisticated event.

"The publishing world can seem like an unfathomable beast – from self-publishing to independent houses to the big behemoths of the publishing world – it’s an overwhelming network of possibility.  Offering their perspectives on traditional publishers, small presses, starting an imprint, and self-publishing, Vivek Shraya, Tea Mutonji, chat with Whitney French about the various paths to publishing." --FOLD 2019


(Brampton) Fabulous Firsts, FOLD 2019 panel

Brampton City Hall Conservatory, 2 Wellington St W, Brampton, ON L6Y 4R2 May 05 12:00 pm - May 05 02:00 pm

Join Adam Pottle, Ann Y.K. Choi, Tea Mutonji, and Ian Williamsn with Nancy Jo Cullen at the Brampton City Hall Conservatory for the "Fabulous Firsts" panel.

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(Toronto) Book Launch: American Refugees with Rita Deverell

A Different Booklist - 779 Bathurst St, Toronto, Ontario May 10 06:30 pm - May 10 08:30 pm

Join U.S.-born author, Rita Shelton Deverell, at A Different Booklist for the release of her latest memoir, AMERICAN REFUGEES: TURNING TO CANADA FOR FREEDOM. Rita will read excerpts of her work be made available for a answering questions and signing copies.

Books will be available fore purchase. Admission is Free and everyone is welcome to attend!

When it became clear that Donald Trump would become the new US president on election night in 2016, the website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada crashed. It was overwhelmed by Americans afraid that the United States would once again enter a period of intolerance and military aggression. In American Refugees, Rita Deverell shows that from the Revolutionary War to the Underground Railroad through to McCarthyism and Vietnam, Americans have fled to Canada in times of crisis. Many still flee. All have sought better lives, while helping to shape Canada into the country it is today.


(Winnipeg) Book Launch: Finding Father with Mary Ann Loewen

McNally Robinson Winnipeg, Grant Park Atrium, 1120 Grant Avenue, Unit 4000 May 23 07:00 pm - May 23 10:00 pm

Join others at Grant Park in the Atrium for the launch of FINDING FATHER: STORIES FROM MENNONITE DAUGHTERS edited by Mary Ann Loewen. Admission is Free and all are welcomed to attend.

Books will be available for purchase and signing!

Finding Father is a collection of stories about Mennonite fathers by their daughters. Written by well-known and first-time writers, these stories illuminate the often close and sometimes troubling relationships that exist between one of humanity’s most precious bonds. From battles over relationships and sexuality, to debates over chores and church, these stories also hold the shared intimacies of driving side by side with dad, laughing, and headed down the road.