I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) in downtown Brampton. This festival provided an outlet for readers, authors and publishers to connect with one another and promote diverse Canadian literature.
Some panels focused on the writing and publishing process. Other panels discussed the current state of the publishing industry and the issues surrounding it. It was an engaging and enlightening experience. It has inspired me to seek out and support diverse Canadian authors.
A huge congratulations to Jael Richardson, the other organizers and volunteers who made the FOLD possible. The festival has come at a time when diversity has come to the forefront of issues in literature. Providing a Canadian outlet has contributed to addressing the issue of diversity in fiction.
I look forward to attending the next FOLD.
See above for the photos I took at the FOLD. I also took photos of Brampton and art housed in the Peel Art Gallery Museum.
My book haul included the following:
- The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
- The Girl who was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
- even this page is white by Vivek Shraya
- The Room, issue 39.1 (featuring only women of colour)