Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)


The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD): Engaging Readers. Inspiring Writers. Empowering Educators.

FOLD will be held in Brampton from May 2 to May 5, 2019.  The festival celebrates diversity in literature by promoting authors from marginalized communities.

An aim of the festival is to create a unique space through readings, performances, panels, discussions and professional development workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with experienced artists who reflect the diversity that plays a fundamental role in the local and national identity.

The FOLD 2019 line-up includes award-winning Canadian authors, talented, emerging writers, innovative publishing professionals, and an array of engaging spoken word performers.

Notable guests include:

Esi Edugyan is the author of the novels Washington Black, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. Washington Black, won the Giller Prize in 2018.

S.K. Ali is the author of the novel Saints and Misfits and a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris award. Her debut novel won critical acclaim for its portrayal of an unapologetic Muslim-American teen’s life. Her second novel, Love From A to Z, a story about finding love in the time of Islamophobia, will be published in May of 2019. She has also co-authored a picture book coming out in 2019 about first day hijabs.

Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Her short fiction has been widely published and won several awards including the 2017 Writers’ Trust.



Waubgeshig Rice is an author and a journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation on Georgian Bay. His most recent novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was published by ECW Press in late 2018. He’s also the author of the novel Legacy and the short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge. He currently works as the host of Up North, CBC Radio One’s afternoon show for northern Ontario.


Ian Williams is the author of the novel Reproduction. His previous books are Personals, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize; Not Anyone’s Anything, winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are.




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