TOK Winnipeg Symposium

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TOK Winnipeg Symposium, November 9-10th, 2018

Join us for TOK Winnipeg, a two-day symposium taking place November 9-10, 2018. TOK, the digital magazine of Diaspora Dialogues, publishes fiercely honest, freshly original writing from our cities, and from around the world.

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TOK Winnipeg includes an industry program of two professional development workshops for emerging authors to learn vital skills including pitching agents and publishers, as well as marketing themselves  and their works. The day will end with a networking reception, including writers, industry professionals and symposium participants. All are free to attend, but registration is required. The PD workshops are capped at 25 people per workshop, so as to facilitate direct engagement with the speakers.

Day two includes a panel conversation, Blowing Up CanLit, and three on-stage interviews with authors that are being taped for a podcast series. These are free and open to the public; registration is preferred as they will be first-come, first served. Further details below, or by contacting Helen Walsh, helen@diasporadialogues.com

For media enquiries, please contact: Alexa Potaschnik, alexa@diasporadialogues.com, 204-914-4149.

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Friday, November 9, 2018: Industry Program

Pitching an Agent or Publisher

Nov 9, 2018; 2:00 – 3:15pm
Manitoba Museum Library
190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg

You’ve written a captivating manuscript? Great, now you have to sell it. Publishing is a business, and convincing a publisher to take a chance on your first or second book can be challenging, especially in an industry that has seen many cutbacks and consolidation. Join this workshop to hear tips from one of the top literary agencies in Canada, as well as publishers; talk to them about your project and ask the questions one-on-one necessary to help your manuscript avoid the dreaded slush pile.

With Deborah Sun de la Cruz (Penguin Random House Canada), Marilyn Biderman (TransAtlantic Literary Agency) and Jamis Paulson (Turnstone Press)

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Promoting Yourself and Your Book

Nov 9, 2018, 3:30 – 4:45pm
Manitoba Museum Library
190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg

You’ve spent years writing and revising your manuscript, and have a publishing contract in hand. Congratulations! Or, you’ve decided to take the bull by the horns and enter the world of self-publishing. Either way, now the promotional work begins. Thousands of books are published each year in Canada; making sure yours ends up on bookshelves and in the hands of readers, is your responsibility as much as the publisher’s. Join our experts to learn tips and strategies for marketing your book and yourself. You’ve invested a lot of time and creative energy in writing your book, invest as least as much in getting it the attention it deserves.

With Irene Bindi (ARP Books) and Rosemarie Enslin (Enslin PR).

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Publishing Industry Meet and Greet

Nov 9, 2018, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Urban Shaman
290 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg

Writing a book can be a long, lonely haul, and getting published is as about who you know as much as how brilliantly you can write. So, step away from the computer and come have a drink and some nibblies with fellow writers as well as industry folks such as publishers, agents, book-sellers and media.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite  preferred but not required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018: Public Programming

 

Blowing Up CanLit

Nov 10, 2018, 11am-1pm
Manitoba Museum Auditorium
190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg

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In the UK, both a thriller and a graphic novel made their way onto the long-list for the prestigious Booker Prize this year – a long list that stands out for its “willingness to take risks with form,” according to the jury. In the US, a plethora of futurist young-adult novels by first-time novelists such as Tomi Adeyemi are capturing the attention of big audiences – and Hollywood, selling film rights to movie studios for massive advances even before publication.

TOK explores what the current landscape in Canada is for publishing books that push the boundaries of what’s considered acceptable “CanLit”: what the audience wants, what publishers are willing to read, why writers are drawn to write stories that reject narrow definition, and how books can/should find their reading audience.

With writers Minister Faust, Sheena Kamal and David Alex Robertson; publisher Deborah Sun de la Cruz, agent Marilyn Biderman and book-seller John Toews.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite preferred but not required, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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In Conversation with David Alex Robertson

1:30-2:30pm
Manitoba Museum Auditorium
190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg

Join us for this live podcast taping of an on-stage interview with award-winning author David A. Robertson. David’s books include When We Were Alone (winner of Governor General’s Literary Award), Will I See? (winner Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award), Betty, The Helen Betty Osborne Story (listed In The Margins), and the YA novel Strangers (winner of The Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction). David educates as well as entertains through his writings about Indigenous Peoples in Canada, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. David is a member of Norway House Cree Nation. He lives in Winnipeg.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite preferred but not required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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In Conversation with Sheena Kamal

2:45-3:45pm
Manitoba Museum Auditorium
190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg

Join us for this live podcast taping of an on-stage interview with best-selling author SHEENA KAMAL. Sheena’s debut novel The Lost Ones was a national bestseller and won her a 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, a Strand Magazine Critics Award and Macavity Award for Best First Novel. The sequel It All Falls Down is now available and has been called “a stunning, emotionally resonant thriller” in its Kirkus starred review. Her first YA novel Fight Like A Girl, set in her hometown of Toronto, is expected out in 2019. Sheena was also awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite preferred but not required, availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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In Conversation with Minister Faust

4-5pm
Manitoba Museum Auditorium
190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg

Join us for this live podcast taping of an on-stage interview with Minister Faust, a novelist, print/radio/television journalist, blogger, sketch comedy writer, video game writer, playwright, and poet.

The critically-acclaimed author of The Alchemists of Kush and the Kindred Award-winning and Philip K. Dick runner-up Shrinking the Heroes, Minister Faust first achieved literary accolades for his debut novel, The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, which was shortlisted for the Locus Best First Novel, Philip K. Dick, and Compton-Crook awards.

The New York Times Review of Books praised The Coyote Kings for its “jumpy, hold-nothing-back style,” saying that the author “anatomises [Edmonton] with the same loving care Joyce brought to early-20th-century Dublin…. fresh and stylish entertainment.” The National Post called it the “most exciting Canadian debut in decades,” and director Ernest Dickerson (Juice, The Walking Dead, The Wire) said, “Minister Faust is Samuel Delaney, Harlan Ellison and Ishmael Reed all rolled into one. His writing is biting, insightful and hugely entertaining.” Robert J. Sawyer says, “Minister Faust is a genius.”

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite preferred but not required, on a first-come-first-serve basis.


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