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 the author of Stealing Nasreen and Six Metres of Pavement, which won the 2012 Lambda Literary Award and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award. Farzana is one of CBC Books’ Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now and the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Grant. She co-curates the Brockton Writers Series and lives in Toronto.
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.
North Vancouver–born Lee Maracle (member of Stó:lō nation, Canada) is the author of numerous critically acclaimed literary works, including Sundogs, Ravensong, Sojourner’s Truth and Other Stories, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, Daughters Are Forever, Will’s Garden, Bent Box, Memory Serves and I Am Woman. She is the coeditor of a number of anthologies, including the award-winning My Home as I Remember. Her latest book is My Conversations with Canadians. A member of the Sto: Loh nation, Maracle is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the JT Stewart Award, and the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Maracle is currently an instructor in the Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto, where she teaches Oral Tradition. She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House and an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.
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 whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. Her first book of poetry, even this page is white, won a 2017 Publisher Triangle Award and was longlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads. Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books, and her first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, was featured on the National Post Bestseller List. Vivek has read and performed internationally at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions, including sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached and the founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. A four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, and has received honours from Toronto Arts Foundation and The Writers’ Trust of Canada.