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Toronto International Festival of Authors: Searching for Eastman


Poet, playwright and performer charles c. smith unveils an evocative programme of theatrical storytelling from the wind in the leaves collective, a dynamic and diverse group of accomplished and passionate artists. smith’s latest work, Searching for Eastman: A Performance Poem, is a multidisciplinary performance in four acts, based on the interpretation of four of Julius Eastman’s compositions through poetry, theatre, music, dance, video and digital. Don’t miss this multi-disciplinary interpretation of the life and work of…

BRUNCHY SUNDAY READINGS – Wild Threads Literary Festival

Featuring Mi’kmaw poet Rebecca Thomas, RBC’s PEN Canada New Voices Award Winner in 2022, Fareh Malik, along with music by Inn Echo. Join us for some Brunchy Sunday readings. Sponsored by Mawenzi House and Nimbus Publishing, this event will feature award-winning Mi’kmaw poet Rebecca Thomas and RBC’s PEN Canada New Voices Award Winner in 2022, Fareh Malik. Accompanied by the captivating Atlantic Canadian Instrumentalists Inn Echo, this event aims to satisfy both culinary and literary…

Poetic Journeys: Shani Mootoo & Pamela Mordecai

Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario

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

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

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

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

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…