How does a writer decide how their story is told? What role do gender, culture and experience play in the decisions surrounding voice and narrative, and how do industry voices—agents, editors and publishers—influence the writer’s voice along the way? Join some of Canada’s most engaging authors in a discussion around the powerful role of voice in storytelling and the creation of literature.
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Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which won a Lambda Literary Award in and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award) and the recently released All Inclusive. Farzana was named one of CBC Books’ “Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now” (2012), was Voted Best Author in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Best of Toronto Readers’ Choice Poll. She curates the Brockton Writers Series.
Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer and educator who lives in Toronto. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto and works at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Leung is currently at work on a collection of short stories. She presents her first novel, The Wondrous Woo, which was released by Inanna Publications in 2013 and was nominated for the Toronto Book Award in 2014. A story that spans four eventful years, it follows a young Chinese Canadian girl as she comes to discover the meaning of courage, belonging and family.
Lee Maracle is the author of a number of award winning and critically acclaimed literary works and her work is published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. She was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Sto: Loh nation. The mother of four and grandmother of seven Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto. She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House and is an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth. She is the recipient of the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and the 2016 recipient of the Ann Green Award.
Judy Rebick is a well-known feminist, social justice activist, writer, educator and speaker. As founding publisher of rabble.ca, Canada’s popular independent online news and discussion site, she is on the Q media panel on CBC radio. Her books include Occupy This!, Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political,Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution and Imagine Democracy. Rebick is a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and was a spokesperson for the pro-choice movement in the 1980s.
Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist working in the media of literature, music, performance and film. Shraya’s body of work includes ten albums, four short films and three books. He is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. His first children's book, The Boy & the Bindi, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Fall 2016. Shraya presents his debut novel, She of the Mountains, which was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014.