Connecting readers, educators and writers through
Extraordinary advocacy, acceptance and empathy
Lighting the path for literacy for all
Evolving the space, time and love for diverse writers
Bringing it to us live from Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Reflecting the reality that is Canada’s cultural diversity
Author representation that is explosive with the
Truth that lives in the literary landscape –
Emerging and established writers working together
reading, performing, discussing and developing
the marginalized voices of our time!
Today is ‘I Read Canadian’ Day! Jump up and click your heels together, book lovers! Then settle down with a book written by a Canadian writer. Snap a pic of yourself and the book and share it on your socials with the hashtag: #ireadcanadian. Show your love and support for the Canadian writers who bring stories, poetry and information to your world through books!
In the spirit of celebrating this momentous day, I’m bringing our attention to the FOLD – the Festival of Literary Diversity. Founded in May, 2014 by author and leader Jael Richardson, the first FOLD happened in 2016 in Brampton, ON. Jael and the FOLD team has been leading the way for diverse writers in our country. “Since the flagship festival launched in May 2016, the FOLD Foundation has grown to include a reading challenge, a kids festival, an author visit series, and monthly online webinars.” The FOLD reaches into our hearts and minds through the written word, the spoken word, and through the words that bring and keep us together supporting each other’s grand diversities.
This year’s festival is virtual and happens from May 1-15th. For all the exciting information, please click here – and subscribe to their newsletter so you never miss an opportunity to learn, volunteer, and support this epic festival.
Here is the speakers’ list for this year’s festival. Immerse yourself in the outstanding spectrum of voices! And – be sure to purchase these Canadian writers’ books from your local independent bookstores. Or follow their socials to support their performances, read their work on-line and stay connected.