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Poetic Journeys: Shani Mootoo & Pamela Mordecai

Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Inner journeys and voyages of discovery define the latest works of celebrated Canadian writers Shani Mootoo and Pamela Mordecai. Giller-shortlisted writer and visual artist Shani Mootoo brings us Cane | Fire, an immersive and vivid collection that marks a long-awaited return to poetry. Through evocative and sensual prose, Mootoo’s narrator moves from Ireland to San Fernando, and finally to Canada – triggering questions about making and reimagining a life. Mordecai presents de book of Joseph: A Performance Poem, the third…

Poetry Reading: Pamela Mordecai & Shani Mootoo

Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Find your poetry fix at our Stage in the Park and hear two of Canada’s best poets with Shani Mootoo and Pamela Mordecai readings from their poetry collections. Mordecai’s de book of Joseph, the third book in her epic trilogy based on characters and stories from the Bible pays tribute to her Jamaican culture and the vernacular. Mootoo’s Cane | Fire is a memoir in verse, following the narrator’s personal journey from Ireland to San Fernando to Canada, elevating the story with…

what’s on: Choosing Hope: One Woman. Three Cancers.

Woodside Square Library 1571 Sandhurst Circle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Munira Premji presents her first book, "Choosing Hope: One Woman. Three Cancers." (Mawenzi House, 2020) as a focus for an inspirational talk about living through 3 advanced cancers within a 5-year period, and learning to thrive in the face of major challenges. The presentation will include a reading, a Q&A, and insights on coping strategies when faced with adversity.   Register in person or by telephone at Woodside Square Library, space is limited.

Toronto Through the Looking Glass: Didier Leclair & Mariam Pirbhai

Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Through their latest novels, authors Didier Leclair and Mariam Pirbhai examine Canada’s often-touted openness and multiculturalism under a closer lens. Leclair’s Toronto, I Love You (translated by Elaine Kennedy) is part love letter, part social critique. After fleeing unrest and misery in Benin, protagonist Raymond Dossougbé is initially enamored with his new home in Toronto, but he soon begins to uncover complex social dynamics in a community unwilling to adapt. In Isolated Incident, Mariam Pirbhai gives voice to Muslim communities confronted by Islamophobia. When…

World in Other Words: Celebrating Toronto’s Tamil Stories

Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Meet storytellers from unique communities around the world and across the local neighbourhoods of Toronto in the World in Other Words. Curated by Nedra Rodrigo, this event features established and emerging voices from the Tamil writing community in Ontario. With a mix of readings, poetry and short films, the showcase will celebrate the vibrant community of Torontonian storytellers sharing Tamil experiences. This event is presented in partnership with Tam Fam Lit Jam. Participants: Geetha Sukumaran Devakanathan…

Celebrating Stories with Shani Mootoo and Pamela Mordecai


Join award-winning writer and visual artist Shani Mootoo in conversation with award-winning poet, writer and scholar, Pamela Mordecai, as they discuss the vast landscape of own voices literature and their roles as storytellers. This program is presented as part of the Ancestral Voices series. Presented in partnership with York, Durham and Peel Region Libraries.   Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She is an author and multimedia visual artist. Her…

Isolated Incident & Under Siege: En-Counters with Islamophobia

Another Story Bookshop 315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada

Join Another Story Bookshop for a special event with Mariam Pirhbai and Jasmin Zine discussing their new books Isolated Incident & Under Siege In Store Free, all welcome Featuring a conversation with  Dr. Kathrine Bullock and poetry reading by Fareh Malik.

Book Launch – “Gendered Islamophobia: My Journey with a Scar(f)”

Friends House 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada

Join us for an enlightening and thought-provoking event as we celebrate the book launch of "Gendered Islamophobia: My Journey with a Scar(f)" by the well-known author Monia Mazigh. This event promises to be an engaging evening of literature and dialogue, featuring a reading by Monia Mazigh herself, followed by an insightful conversation with CCMW’s Executive Director, Nuzhat Jafri. Monia Mazigh's latest book delves into the complex intersection of gender and Islamophobia, offering a deeply personal…


Lien Chao’s Solo-Book-Launch: Spiritual Pursuits and Other Stories

North York Central Library, Rm 1 5120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, Canada

Join us for the launch of Spiritual Pursuits and Other Stories. Set in the four decades from 1980s to 2020s, the stories depicted the ripple effects of China’s economic success on the world. The peak of business globalization and its inevitable decline during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lien Chao has chosen an unhampered social and geographical setting to observe Canadians in the world and at home, including immigrants and refugees. She has depicted a group of…