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Asian Heritage Month Highlight: Poetry Part One May 21, 2019 – Posted in: Asian Heritage Month

Today, we’re featuring some interesting poetry titles for Asian Heritage Month. You’ll find that each of these titles, both new and old, catch the essence of what it means and feels like to be of Asian heritage in Canada. “Rouge” by Adrian De Leonis a collection that takes us on a ride through the TTC – except you don’t have to use the transfers, or wait for hours upon hours of delays. Rouge goes deeper…

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Asian Heritage Month Highlight: Fiction Part One May 7, 2019 – Posted in: Asian Heritage Month

Today, we’re featuring some great fiction titles for Asian Heritage Month. From novels to short stories to anthologies, you’re bound to discover a new favourite author – perhaps even a new favourite book! Make sure to read through to the end for links to your next great read! Don’t forget to catch up on our author highlight with C Fong Hsiung, where we asked her some questions on her latest novel, New Land Same Sky.

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An Open Letter on Faith March 25, 2019 – Posted in: Guest Post

A few moments ago, I put down my laptop and went to wash. Then I spread my prayer mat on the floor and performed the ritual early afternoon prayer. And then it came to me, what I’ve been labouring over while trying to write this post. When I pray, I look for peace. And the more I empty my heart of the clutter of the day and leave myself an open vessel, the more often…

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Mawenzi House Authors on International Women’s Day March 8, 2019 – Posted in: Blog, Women

I believe that for change to occur, particularly for BIWOC writers, our voices must be amplified in ways that are meaningful and sustainable. We need to be allies, and we need allies so we can begin the messy work of breaking down systemic barriers through an intersectional lens. While it has been encouraging to see a shift in narratives, with more of our voices coming to the fore, we also need to examine the powers…

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Adab Festival Highlights February 21, 2019 – Posted in: Uncategorised

As delighted as I was on receiving an invitation to read at the Adab Festival in Karachi, I was also anxious in the days leading up to it. I had fallen off a treadmill just the week before, and was suffering from terrible headaches, which sometimes left me searching for words. I was scared of making a fool of myself on stage. But thanks to Nadya Mujahid-Chisti and Shazaf Haider, the evening turned out to…

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Black History Month: Poetry Highlight February 15, 2019 – Posted in: Blog

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the important achievements made by African Americans throughout history. Over the years, Black Canadians have contributed immensely to literature, whether it be in the prose or verse form. Here is a look into the great African Canadian writers we have published, and the importance of their verses. Nuff Said by Michelle Muir skillfully blends the language of the contemporary urban environment with her personal take on African-Canadian rhythmic…

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Al-Shabaab’s Theatre of Death and Destruction Comes to Nairobi, Again February 12, 2019 – Posted in: Guest Post

Four weeks have passed since explosives and gunfire ripped through the DusitD2 on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 15. The attack shattered the usual tranquility of the upscale hotel and office complex in the Westlands neighbourhood of Nairobi. The siege on the compound lasted nearly 20 hours. A haven for Western expats, NGO workers and well-to-do Kenyans, the DusitD2 was a prime target for a terrorist group in desperate need of international media attention. 21…

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Black History Month: Fiction Highlight 1 February 5, 2019 – Posted in: Blog

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the important achievements made by African Americans throughout history. Over the years, Black Canadians have contributed immensely to literature, whether it be in the prose or verse form. Here is a look into the great African Canadian writers we have published, and the importance of their words.

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