TOK Toronto 2020

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TOK Toronto Symposium

September 21 and 24-27

 

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With such great success from our debut TOK Toronto 2019, we are ecstatic to be bringing back TOK Toronto 2020 and our partnership with Word On The Street this September all online. This year anyone is free to register without the limitations of space as everyone can partake from the comfort of their own home.

More information: Helen Walsh, helen@diasporadialogues.com

Media enquiries, Hailee Mah, hailee@diasporadialogues.com

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Monday, September 21, 2020

From Stage to Page: In  Conversation with Sarena Parmar

Sept. 21, 2019; 7-8pm
Online Event

Guillermo Verdecchia interviews playwright Sarena Parmar about her play The Orchard (After Chekhov), an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, told through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh family in the Okanagan Valley.

Visit Another Story Bookshop to shop for Words Across Canada series books including The Orchard (After Chekhov).

Registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Racialized Writers and Working with Editors

Sept. 24, 2020; 10:30-11:30am
Online Event

Join award-winning authors Catherine Hernandez and Arielle Twist for a much needed discussion on editing within publishing for QTBIPOC authors including how to advocate for one’s work and how to navigate the process.

Registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Catherine Hernandez is an award-winning author of Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Crosshairs (HarperCollins Canada, Atria Books in the US and Jacaranda in the UK) Screenwriter of Scarborough the upcoming film (Compy Films with support from Telefilm Canada and Reel Asian Film Festival)

Arielle Twist is an author and multidisciplinary artist. Within her short career, she has attended a residency at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, has work published with Them, Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, This Magazine, and CBC Art and has been Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Shortlisted in The National Magazine Awards, both in 2019. ‘Disintegrate/Dissociate’ is her first collection of poetry.

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The Editing Process

Sept. 24, 2020; 12:30-1:30pm
Online Event

McClelland & Stewart‘s Kelly Joseph will discuss what happens once you land your book deal; what the editing process is like, how long it will take, when books are scheduled to debut, how an agent lands a publisher, and more! Please think of questions to ask them beforehand!

Registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Kelly Joseph is publishing manager at McClelland & Stewart, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada. She began her publishing career at Key Porter Books, followed by positions at House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books. Authors she has worked with include Edem Awumey (Prix Goncourt finalist), Todd Babiak (City of Edmonton Book Prize winner), Alain Farah(Governor General’s Literary Award finalist), Krista Foss (Hamilton Literary Award winner), and Monia Mazigh (Trillium Book Award finalist)

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Writing for the Theatre

Sept. 25, 2020; 12:30-2pm
Online Event

Are you a playwright looking to take their craft to the next level? A poet or prose writer curious about writing drama? Join one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights, Judith Thompson, for DD’s masterclass in playwriting.

Registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Judith Thompson is a playwright, director, actor, artistic director (RARE Theatre Company), and professor of theatre at the University of Guelph. She is the author of 15 published plays, many of which are performed all over the world. They include The Crackwalker, Lion in the Streets, Perfect Pie, and Palace of the End. She has directed and co-created five plays with artists with exceptionalities including Body and Soul, Sick, RARE, Borne and Wildfire. She wrote two feature films, Perfect Pie and Lost and Delirious, several TV movies and many radio plays. She has twice won the Governor General’s award for playwriting, as well as the Toronto Arts Award, a Dora Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression. She is honoured to have the privilege of collaborating with performers with exceptionalities.

Judith Thompson is sponsored by the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA.

 

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Masterclass in Fiction

Sept. 25, 2020; 2:30-4pm
Online Event

Mastering both the basic elements of writing short-stories and novels, as well as how to subtly craft character, plot, POV, style, setting and dialogue, is the goal of both emerging and advanced writers. Join four-time novelist Catherine Bush as we explore the art form that has captured the imagination of readers for centuries.

Registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Catherine Bush is the author of five novels, including the Canada Reads long-listed Accusation (2013), the Trillium Award short-listed Claire’s Head (2004), and the national bestselling The Rules of Engagement (FSG, 2000), a New York Times Notable Book and an L.A. Times Best Book of the Year. She was recently a Fiction Meets Science Fellow at the HWK in Germany and has spoken internationally about addressing the climate crisis in fiction. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph and Coordinator of the Guelph Creative Writing MFA, based in Toronto. Blaze Island has just been released (Goose Lane Editions, September 2020).

Catherine Bush is sponsored by the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

In partnership with Word On The Street

In Conversation with Saleema Nawaz and Andrew Pyper

Sept. 26 2020; 10-11am
Online event

On September 26, 2020 we will be hosting our TOK Toronto Symposium with Word On The Street for an interview with Saleema Nawaz and Andrew Pyper moderated by Terese Mason Pierre.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite for live link

Saleema Nawaz is the author of two novels, most recently, Songs for the End of the World. Her first novel, Bone and Bread, won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2016 Canada Reads competition. She is also the author of the short story collection Mother Superior, and a winner of the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Born and raised in Ottawa, she currently lives in Montreal.

Andrew Pyper is the multiple award-winning author of nine internationally bestselling novels. The Residence, forthcoming in September with Skybound Books/Gallery, is being developed as a hybrid fiction/documentary series with Skybound Entertainment and Radical Media, with Pyper acting as Executive Producer. Among his previous novels, The Demonologist was the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel and is being developed for feature film at Netflix with Matt Reeves producing. His first novel, Lost Girls, won the Arthur Ellis Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and appeared on both the New York Times and Times (UK) bestseller lists. He lives in Toronto.

Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Canthius, The Puritan, Quill and Quire, and Strange Horizons, among others. She is currently the Senior Poetry Editor of Augur Magazine, a Canadian speculative literature journal, and the author of chapbooks Surface Area (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Manifest (Gap Riot Press, 2020). Terese lives and works in Toronto. Headshot credit by Soko Negash.

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In Conversation with Faye Guenther and Souvankham Thammavongsa

Sept. 26, 2020; 4-5pm
Online event

Join Faye Guenther and Souvankham Thammavongsa for a dazzling conversation as they delve into their new short story collections covering culture, identity and coming of age. Guenther’s Swimmers in Winter (Invisible Publishing, Aug 2020) is a haunting and beautiful debut collection of short stories, and Souvankham Thammavongsa How to Pronounce Knife (Penguin Random House, April 2020) has since been nominated for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller. Moderated by CBC’s Ryan B. Patrick.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite for live link

Faye Guenther lives in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines including Joyland and she has published a chapbook, Flood Lands, with Junction Books. Swimmers in Winter is her first collection of short fiction.

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of three poetry books, Light (2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, Found (2007), and Small Arguments (2003), winner of the ReLit Award. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Granta, Brick, Best American Non-Required Reading, and other places. She has been in residence at Yaddo and has performed her work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, and was raised and educated in Toronto.

Ryan B. Patrick is a Toronto writer, critic and arts & culture journalist. He is a producer at CBC Books, the digital destination for all CBC books and CanLit programming, including Canada Reads. His work has appeared in publications and websites such as Exclaim! Magazine, CBC Music, Huffington Post Canada and NOW Magazine.

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In Conversation with Sheung-King 

Sept. 26, 2020; 5-6pm
Online event

Sheung-King’s debut novel, You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked (Book*hug Oct 2020) is an intimate novel of memory and longing that challenges Western tropes and Orientalism. Embracing the playful surrealism of Haruki Murakami and the atmospheric narratives of filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, Sheung-King’s novel is at once lyrical and punctuated, and wholly unique, and marks the arrival of a bold new voice in Asian-Canadian literature. From Toronto to Macau to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Prague, this unexpected love story takes readers on a journey that both questions and delights.

Moderated by writer and lawyer Fathima Cader.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite for live link

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

In partnership with Word On The Street

In Conversation with Canisia Lubrin and Francesca Ekwuyasi

Sept. 27 2020; 10-11am
Online event

Canisia Lubrin‘s second collection, The Dyzgraphxst, moves to mine meanings of kinship through the wide and intimate reach of language across geographies and generations.

Francesca Ekwuyasi’s debut novel Butter Honey Pig Bread (Arsenal Pulp Press, Oct 2020) is an intergenerational saga about three Nigeran women; a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family. It has just been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Moderated by Fiona Raye Clarke

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite for live link


  • Catherine Bush and Judith Thompson are supported by The University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA

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