I attended the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) recently in Brampton. The FOLD continues to provide diverse authors and audiences with a platform to connect and address the issues of diversity in the literary scene.
You can find some recorded panels on their Facebook page.
I took some photos at the festival and of the city:
Here’s my book haul:
- Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin
- The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee
- Hope has two Daughters by Monia Mazigh
A few hashtags/points I’d like to point out to writers are the following:
- “A story not told is a dead story” – Eden Robinson
For my fellow librarians/information professionals, we too can play a role in promoting and investing in diverse CanLit. It was mentioned at one panel that teachers and librarians are usually the first and best at generating buzz about books and purchasing them for their students/patrons. If we want to continue supporting diverse fiction, we can do so actively through our work.