About the FOLD

In May 2016, the Festival of Literary Diversity became the first festival devoted to underrepresented authors and storytellers was presented in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The festival continues to provide an important space for writers from marginalized and underrepresented communities to develop their craft and to discuss the challenges involved in creating stories that ask difficult questions, expose hard truths, and push literary boundaries. While the festival was exclusively in-person, since 2020 the event now includes a comprehensive and interactive virtual event space for connecting with booklovers around the world.

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Speakers

Anais Granofsky

Anais Granofsky

ANAIS GRANOFSKY is an actor, director, producer and writer. Best known for her role as Lucy Fernandez on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, she has directed and starred in a number of films. She is also developing a fictional TV series loosely based on her childhood. The Girl in the Middle is Granofsky's first book.

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André Alexis

André Alexis

André Alexis is the author of numerous novels, including his latest, RING, out now with Coach House Books. He is the winner of the Giller Prize for a previous novel, FIFTEEN DOGS.

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Anna Quon

Anna Quon

Anna Quon, a poet and novelist living in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), likes to make paintings and short animated films of her poems. Mixed-race, middle-aged and Mad, Anna has facilitated writing and creative arts workshops for people with lived experience of mental health diagnoses/ psychiatric histories for 15 years. Her first professionally published poetry chapbook, Body Parts, was released in 2021 by Gaspereau Press. Anna’s third novel, Where the Silver River Ends, which creates a trilogy with her first two unrelated stories, Migration Songs and Low, will be released in March 2022.

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Bethaney Wilkinson

Bethaney Wilkinson

Bethaney is a facilitator, author, and champion of race-conscious leadership. She has dedicated more than a decade to exploring the intersections of community, racial justice, and social change—specifically in the organizational context. As author and founder of The Diversity Gap, Bethaney loves helping teams and leaders pair their good intentions for diversity with true cultural change.

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Cheluchi Onyemelukwe

Cheluchi Onyemelukwe

Cheluchi Onyemelukwe is a writer, academic and lawyer. Her debut novel was finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2021, won the Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2021, the SprinNG Women Authors Prize 2020 and the Best International Fiction Prize, Sharjah International Book Fair. She is at work on her second novel.

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Chidiogo Akunyili Parr

Chidiogo Akunyili Parr

CHIDIOGO AKUNYILI-PARR is speaker, and consultant with a passion for human development and connection. She is the founder of She ROARs, an organization committed to coaching women of colour around the world to connect to their intuition and purpose. Her work is focused on harnessing the power of our interdependence with a foundation in the humanist African philosophy of Ubuntu, which celebrates our shared humanity. Chidiogo has lived and worked across four continents and speaks seven languages, including Mandarin, German, Spanish, and French, allowing for an even deeper connection with people. She led the growth and impact of the Global Shapers Community across Africa and the Middle East.

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Chloe Gong

Chloe Gong

Chloe Gong is the New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and its sequel Our Violent Ends. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in English and International Relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Chloe is now located in New York pretending to be a real adult. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok under @thechloegong.

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Clayton Thomas Müller

Clayton Thomas Müller

Clayton is a campaigner, award winning film director, media producer, organizer, facilitator, public speaker and best selling author on Indigenous rights and environmental & economic justice. His latest book is LIFE IN THE CITY OF DIRTY WATER.

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Curtis Carmichael

Curtis Carmichael

Curtis Carmichael is the author of Butterflies in the Trenches—the World’s First Augmented Reality memoir and 2021 Best Indie Book Award Winner for Inspirational Non-Fiction. His cross-Canada cycling tour Ride for Promise raised funds for Toronto Community Housing afterschool programs and was featured in an award-winning documentary, CBC, Global News, CityNews, Your Morning, CP24 Breakfast, and TEDx. Curtis is an award-winning social entrepreneur, STEM and hip-hop teacher, and founder of Source Code Academy Canada. As a self-taught computer programmer, Curtis built the mobile app which brings his memoir to life by giving readers access to hidden content throughout the book.

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Jack Wang

Jack Wang

Jack Wang is the author of WE TWO ALONE (House of Anansi Press, HarperVia), winner of the 2020 Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writers’ Union of Canada for best debut collection in English. His fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Journey Prize. He has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts and held the 2014-15 David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He teaches writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

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Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente

Jesse Wente is an Anisinaabe author, speaker and arts administrator. His first book, Unreconciled: Family Truth and Resistance is a national bestseller.

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Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee is a journalist and the author of three books of nonfiction: Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (for Everyone), and Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From. He holds a PhD in English from Nottingham University and is the director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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katherena vermette

katherena vermette

katherena vermette (she/elle) is a Red River Métis (Michif) writer from Treaty 1 territory, the heart of the Métis Nation. She has worked in poetry, novels, children’s literature, and film. vermette received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses’ Company). The Break (House of Anansi) won several awards including the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and was a bestseller in Canada. Her second novel, The Strangers (Hammish Hamilton) won the Atwood Gibson Writers Trust Fiction Prize and was named Chapters Indigo’s Book of the Year 2021.

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Kern Carter

Kern Carter

Kern Carter is a writer and author who has written three novels. His latest is Boys And Girls Screaming, out now with Cormorant/DCB.

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Kim Fu

Kim Fu

Kim Fu is a Canadian-born writer living in Seattle, Washington. Fu’s most recent book, the short story collection Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, received starred reviews from Quill & Quire, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Foreword. Her novel The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the OLA Evergreen Award, and her novel For Today I Am a Boy won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Fu’s writing has appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Hazlitt, and enRoute.

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Mariam S Pal

Mariam S Pal

Author of Ballet is not for Muslim Girls, Mariam S. Pal grew up in Victoria but moved to Montréal to study economics at McGill. After two decades working in international development and relocating to both Africa and Asia, she returned to Montreal, earning her law degree from McGill. Mariam is now retired from her second career with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and lives in Montréal with her husband Eli. Mariam is working on her second book a memoir of her life in international development: Eating Pineapple Upside Down Cake in Monrovia.

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Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses is the author of several books, including Craft in the Real World and the PEN/Faulkner finalist Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear. He was adopted from Korea and teaches in the MFA and PhD program at Oklahoma State University.

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Morgan Harper Nichols

Morgan Harper Nichols

Popular Instagram poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols has created her life’s work around the stories of others. She also hosts a podcast, The Morgan Harper Nichols Show, where she shares daily reflections on finding meaning and peace in life and work. Morgan is often creating, teaching, and performing, in hopes of spreading her unique inspirational message and inviting others into her creative process. Her latest book, Peace is a Practice: An Invitation to Breathe Deep and Find a New Rhythm for Life, will be available nationwide February 15, 2022.

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Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer and disabled spoken word artist. She was the City of Edmonton’s 8th Poet Laureate, and is a Canadian Individual Slam Champion. Her debut collection COCONUT is available at Glass Bookshop. You can find her at nishapatel.ca.

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Norma Dunning

Norma Dunning

Norma Dunning is an Inuk writer, professor and grandmother. Her book, Tainna (the unseen ones) received the Governor General's award for literary fiction in English 2021. Her short story collection, Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (University of Alberta Press, 2017), received the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story and the Bronze for short stories in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. She is also the author of Eskimo Pie (Bookland Press, 2020), a collection of poetry and an Alberta bestseller. Her second collection of poetry, Akia (the other side) is releasing in July of 2022. Norma Dunning lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem is an author, filmmaker, and educator. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, WIRED, and NewYorker.com, and his latest book, Praying to the West, was named one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2021. His documentary The Last Baron, about the unlikely link between a Canadian fast-food institution and the Lebanese civil war, was hailed as “one of the best Canadian food documentaries” by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Omar is also the "fake dean" of Pandemic University, a virtual school he founded in support of writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his family.

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S. Bear Bergman

S. Bear Bergman

S. Bear Bergman is the author of nine books, founder of Flamingo Rampant press, and frequent consultant in equity and inclusion to business and government. Bear began his work in equity at the age of 15, as a founding member of the first ever Gay/Straight Alliance and has continued to help organizations and institutions move further along the pathways to justice ever since. These days Bear spends his time making trans cultural competency interventions however he can and trying to avoid stepping

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Sonya Singh

Sonya Singh

Sonya Singh is an author, writer, and storyteller who currently lives in Toronto, Canada. She's a former entertainment reporter turned PR expert. Her debut novel Sari, Not Sari, slated for a spring release in '22, is already generating serious advanced buzz (including being selected for the prestigious Debutante Ball). She also signed an international two book deal. Sonya wrote Sari, Not Sari, to laugh her way through some of her more disastrous breakups. In her spare time, you can find Sonya sipping on a matcha latte, enjoying a homemade pizza, or hanging out with her adorable dog, Moses Alexander.

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Tsering Yangzom Lama

Tsering Yangzom Lama

Tsering Yangzom Lama is the author of We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA from Columbia University. Born and raised in Nepal, Tsering has lived in Toronto, New York City, and Vancouver – where she now resides.

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Schedule

May 1, 2022 11:00 am

1. The Opening Event  

Jael Richardson
The FOLD Foundation
Amanda Leduc
The FOLD Foundation
Ardo Omer
The FOLD Foundation

Join staff from the FOLD in this opening event for the festival. Meet the team and some fellow attendees. Find out what's happening during the week, how to get the most out of the festival and the platform, and get a first-look at the evolution of the festival and a behind-the-scenes look at our incredible live venue space.

May 1, 2022 12:00 pm

2. Indigenous Voices: Truth, Fiction and Family  

Clayton Thomas-Müller
Life in the City of Dirty Water
katherena vermette
The Strangers
Jesse Wente
Unreconciled
Janet (January) Rogers
MODERATOR

Award-winning authors Jesse Wente, Katherena Vermette and Clayton Thomas-Müller discuss their most recent titles and the process of crafting stories about family in a conversation on relationships, writing and resistance.

May 1, 2022 12:00 pm

3. The Writer's Hub  

Drop by the booths of more than twenty industry vendors featuring representatives from multinational publishers, independent presses, publishing programs, booksellers and book distributors, and community organizations. Book chats with editors or pop-in for a quick Q and A in a unique opportunity to chat about an upcoming project, future pursuits, or industry misconceptions.

May 1, 2022 02:00 pm

4. The Writers' Workshop: Publishing 101  

Bridgette Kam
Westwood Creative Artists
Aeman Ansari
Freelance Editor
Cynara Geissler
Arsenal Pulp Press - Publicist
Hana El Niwairi

Back by popular demand, the Writers' Hub is specifically designed for writers navigating the Canadian publishing industry. Through an in-depth and extensive workshop, writers will hear from agent Brigette Kam about the submission process, followed by a deep-dive into the editing process with editor Aeman Ansari. Wrapping up the workshop, publicist Cynara Geissler will provide helpful tips about what to expect and how to approach the challenges of marketing and publicity. Before, after and throughout the event, attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and visit vendors and publishing professionals in our exhibit hall. Representatives from Penguin Random House Canada, Harlequin, Simon and Schuster Canada and more will be available to answer publishing questions live as well as reps from publishing programs like Sheridan and Simon Fraser University. 

May 1, 2022 07:00 pm

5. Re-Thinking Healthcare  

Shayda Kafai
Crip Kinship
Anna Quon
Where the Silver River Ends
Zena Sharman
The Care We Dream Of
Kai Cheng Thom
Moderator

In this timely panel on the perils and possibilities of healthcare, three writers—Zena Sharman, Shayda Kafai, and Anna Quon—examine unique approaches to care and what this might mean for our collective future with moderator Kai Cheng Thom.

May 2, 2022 02:00 pm

6. Powerful Pitching for Publicists  

Cynara Geissler
Arsenal Pulp Press - Publicist

In this workshop designed for publicists and publishing professionals, Cynara Geissler provides insight on author care and the important work of pitching books in a competitive market.

May 2, 2022 08:00 pm

7. Keeping It Short  

Kim Fu
The Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century
Norma Dunning
Tainna
Jack Wang
We Too Alone
Sharon Bala
MODERATOR

In this panel, authors Jack Wang, Kim Fu and Norma Dunning discuss the makings of a phenomenal short story. From character devleopment to dialogue, discover the creative craft involved in writing a short story and details that go into publishing a collection.

May 3, 2022 10:00 am

8. The Writer's Life with Abdi Nazemian - SCHOOL GROUPS  

Ardo Omer
MODERATOR
Abdi Nazemian
The Chandler Legacies

Author, screenwriter and producer Abdi Nazemian joins us live from Los Angeles, California for an interview on what it's like to write for film and television, the differences between writing for the screen versus writing for the page and what it takes to build a career as a writer. This event is geared towards high school students.

May 3, 2022 12:00 pm

9. Exploring Identity in Young Adult Fiction - SCHOOL GROUPS  

Samantha Devotta
MODERATOR
Farah Heron
Tahira in Bloom
H N Khan
Wrong Side of the Court
Sarena and Sasha Nanua
Sisters of the Snake

Whether a book is set in the real world or in a fantastical realm, figuring out who you are is a staple of plot in young adult fiction. Chasing your dreams, finding the person or people who understand you, and dealing with the anxiety of failure are all a part of growing up. Join authors Sarena and Sasha Nanua, H.N. Khan and Farah Heron as they explore that through their novels. This event is geared towards high school students.

May 3, 2022 02:00 pm

10. Working Towards Wellness: Mind, Body, and Soul  

Damali Fraiser
MODERATOR
Bethaney Wilkinson
Author, The Diversity Gap
Morgan Harper Nichols
Author, Peace as Practice
Dija Adyodele
Author, Black Skin

Three American writers -- Morgan Harper Nichols (Peace is a Practice), Betheney Wilkinson (The Diversity Gap: Where Good Intentions Meet True Cultural Change) and Dija Ayodele (Black Skin) discuss personal and professional wellness, tackling practical solutions and strategies to the trials and challenges of everyday life.

May 3, 2022 05:00 pm

11. To Canada, From Nigeria  

Yejide Kilanko
MODERATOR
Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr
Author, I Am Because We Are
Tolu Oloruntoba
Author, The Junta of Happenstance
Cheluchi Onyemelukwe
Author, The Son of the House

Three incredible writers -- a poet, a novelist and a memoirist -- who have found a home in Canada discuss how Nigerian traditions have shaped their storytelling style.

May 3, 2022 07:00 pm

12. Memoirs on Motherhood  

Karen Richardson Mason
MODERATOR
Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr
Author, I Am Because We Are
Suzanne Barr
Author, My Ackee Tree
Anais Granofsky
Author, The Girl in the Middle

Three writers with incredible family stories--Suzanne Barr, Anais Granofsky and Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr--join forces in a powerful panel discussing their recent memoirs. In a conversation on thestories that shaped their past and their present, they'll discuss what it was like to write their mothers into the pages of a memoir and what they learned along the way.

May 4, 2022 10:00 am

13. Black in School - SCHOOL GROUPS  

Skye Bowen
MODERATOR
Curtis Carmichael
Author, Butterflies in the Trenches
Kern Carter
Author, Boys and Girls Screaming
Habiba Cooper Diallo
Author, Black In School

Writers Curtis Carmichael, Habiba Cooper Diallo and Kern Carter unpack the challenges of navigating their education and the important work of turning real-life experiences as Black Canadians into teachable moments for students and educators from all backgrounds and walks of life. This event is geared towards high school students.

May 4, 2022 12:00 pm

14. Wrestling with Research - SCHOOL GROUPS  

Ardo Omer
MODERATOR
Chloe Gong
Author, These Violent Delights
Farah Heron
Author, Tahira in Bloom
Ju Eun Hur
Author, The Red Palace

What goes into flower arranging? What did the 1920s in Shanghai, China look like? How was medicine practiced in the mid-1700s? In this panel featuring authors Farah Heron, Chloe Gong and June Hur, three young adult writers discuss the research that went into their novels and the work involved in fleshing out a fictional world. This event is geared towards high school students.

May 4, 2022 02:00 pm

15. The Truth Behind Climate Fiction  

Kathryn Mockler
MODERATOR
Sydney Hegele
Author, The Pump
Premee Mohamed
Author, The Annual Migration of Clouds
Mary-Lou Zeiton
Author, Jamilah at the End of the World

Fiction writers Sydney Hegele, Premee Mohamed and Mary-Lou Zeitoun have written three incredible stories that tackle the current and future climate crisis. In this panel, the writers dive into the motivation behind their stories and the role of writers in moments of political crisis.

May 4, 2022 05:00 pm

16. Curating and Assembling Anthologies  

Zena Sharman
Author, The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health

When it comes to assembling an anthology, there are lots of things to consider-- deciding who to approach through to considering the types of stories they might contribute. In this practical workshop, Zena Sharman, editor of The Care We Dream Of, unpacks helpful tips for writers and editors alike to consider for assembling collections that include a variety of voices.

May 4, 2022 08:00 pm

17. Let's Talk About Faith  

Jenna Tenn-Yuk
MODERATOR
Sydney Hegele
Author, The Pump
Omar Mouallem
Author, Praying to the West
Mariam S. Pal
Author, Ballet Is Not for Muslim Girls

Three acclaimed writers--Omar Mouallem, Mariam S. Pal and Sydney Hegele--discuss their journeys as writers and explore how their interests and beliefs shape what they choose to write about.

May 5, 2022 10:00 am

18. Grappling with Grief and Mental Health in Young Adult Fiction - SCHOOL GROUPS  

Alyssa Gray-Tyghter
MODERATOR
Kern Carter
Author, Boys and Girls Screaming
Abdi Nazemian
Author, The Chandler Legacies
Mary-Lou Zeiton
Author, Jamilah at the End of the World

In a candid panel conversation with young adult writers Kern Carter, Abdi Nazemian and Mary-Lou Zeitoun, students and educators alike will hear about the importance of careful and critical conversations on grief and mental health, and the role novels can play in cultivating safe spaces for open dialogue. This event is geared towards high school students.

May 5, 2022 12:00 pm

19. The Spoken Word Showcase - SCHOOL GROUPS  

Shelly Grace
David Delisca
Nisha Patel
Author, Coconut

In our annual teen showcase of incredible spoken word artists, three poets take the mic to present incredible poetry, followed by a live Q and A with the performers. This event is geared towards high school students.

May 5, 2022 05:00 pm

20. Writing Humour in Unfunny Times  

Gary Barwin
MODERATOR
Anosh Irani
Author, Buffoon
Dorothy Ellen Palmer
Author, Kerfuffle
Sonya Singh
Author, Sari, Not Sari

From fiction to theatre, three Canadian writers--Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Anosh Irani and Sonya Singh--explore the important role of humour under trying circumstances, and the careful relationship it plays in literature that tackles important subject matter.

May 5, 2022 08:00 pm

21. Deep Diversity: Paths to Change  

Jael Richardson
MODERATOR
Shakil Choudhury
Author, Deep Diversity: A Compassionate Approach to Achieving Racial Justice
Stephen Dorsey
Author, Black and White: An Intimate, Multicultural Perspective on “White Advantage” and the Paths to Change
Bethaney Wilkinson
Author, The Diversity Gap

Three incredible writers who've published books on diversity and inclusion gather for an important conversation on the critical steps individuals, corporations and organizations need to consider in their efforts to transform spaces on the path to real and lasting change.

May 6, 2022 07:30 pm

22. The Great Readception: A Literary Cabaret  

Kamal Al-Solaylee
Author, Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Came From
Omar Mouallem
Author, Praying to the West
Tsering Yangzom Lama
Author, We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies
Kern Carter
Author, Boys and Girls Screaming
Sonya Singh
Author, Sari, Not Sari
Sydney Hegele
Author, The Pump

In our return to Brampton's Rose Theatre, our first in-person event since 2019, a collection of festival writers read from their works accompanied by improvisational jazz musicians. Whether you're a regular FOLD attendee, a big reader or a lover of live entertainment, this event is designed to celebrate the power of storytelling from Canadain writers and musicians, in partnership with B-Jazz ed.

May 7, 2022 12:00 pm

23. Cultivating Craft with Matthew Salesses  

Carrianne Leung
MODERATOR
Matthew Salesses
Author, Craft in the Real World

In this not-to-be-missed one-on-one interview with acclaimed writer Matthew Salesses, author and creative writing professor Carrianne Leung explores new approaches to fiction writing and workshops.

May 7, 2022 02:00 pm

24. Parenting on the Page  

Amil Niazi
MODERATOR
S. Bear Bergman
Author, Special Topics in Being Human
Hasan Namir
Author, Umbilical Cord
Julietta Singh
Author, The Breaks

Hasan Namir, Julietta Singh, and S. Bear Bergman discuss the joys and challenges of parenting, and the ways that they tackle such a personal topic in unique, unexpected formats.

May 7, 2022 04:00 pm

25. Return: Writing Our Way Home  

Shoilee Khan
MODERATOR
Kamal Al Solaylee
Author, Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Came From
Omar Mouallem
Author, Praying to the West
Tsering Yangzom Lama
Author, We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies

Three game-changing authors -- Kamal Al-Solaylee, Tsering Yangzom Lama, and Omar Mouallem -- discuss the act of writing in the west, the challenges of leaving one home and finding another, and the work of putting to page matters of the heart.

May 7, 2022 08:00 pm

26. Wrapping Up with André Alexis  

Jael Richardson
MODERATOR
André Alexis
Author, Ring

Award-winning Canadian writer André Alexis has completed his quincunx -- a collection of five genre-bending novels. In this festival-closing conversation with Executive Director Jael Richardson, André Alexis explores what it feels like to set out on such an ambition undertaking and what it feels like to approach the end of this career-defining collection of incredible stories.

27. Holding Attention in the Short Story with Jack Wang  

Jack Wang
Author, We Two Alone

What are strategies for holding attention in fiction in general and the short story in particular? When does a short story begin and end, and how does a writer create tension and manage narrative information in between? Using literary examples as well as insights from psychology and neuroscience, this session will help writers tell more compelling short stories.

April 16, 2022 12:00 pm

28. Shaking Sobbing Screaming: Ships in Young Adult Sci-Fiction  

Chloe Gong
Author, These Violent Delights

Hooking readers in with a ship, the desire to have two or more characters get together in the end romantically, is a tale as old as time. In this workshop, New York Times bestselling author and FOLD 2022 Teen Writer-in-Residence Chloe Gong explores character creation through relationships – both romantic and platonic – teaching new and established writers how to use this to enhance a reader's emotional attachment to a story.

April 29, 2022 08:00 pm

29. Fierce Fiction  

Ann Yu-Kyung Choi
MODERATOR
Sonya Singh
Author, Sari, Not Sari
Reema Patel
Author, Such Big Dreams
Tsering Yangzom Lama
Author, We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies

Grab some friends or the members of your official book club, and keep your notebooks and calendars ready! From rom-coms through to family stories of exile and hope, this panel discussion with Tsering Yangzom Lama, Reema Patel, and Sonya Singh features your next favourite reads. We know there's going to be plenty to talk about.

How to Register


Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of the festival will be offered via live virtual events from May 1-7, 2022. Three select events, held May 6th and 7th, will take place in-person at Brampton’s Rose Theatre. In-person events will also be live-streamed. All events – both virtual and in-person will be available to watch on-demand until June 7.
A festival pass will give you access to all the virtual events at the festival. Virtual Events Only Festival Pass is $35. A Virtual Plus In-Person Events Pass is $45. In-Person Only Passes are $15. Payments can be made through Paypal or with a credit card.
Passes go on sale March 22 and will remain available for purchase until June 7, 2022.
The prices for the Festival Pass and the Educator Pass are the same. The main difference between the two passes is that Educator Passes include an option for educators to receive a code that will allow their students to login remotely as well.
Teachers may choose to show FOLD events on a shared classroom screen using only their own login, but if a student is away or if teachers would like students to be able to watch events on their own screens or over lunch periods, the Student Access Login allows educators to give their students access to the festival on their own device at no additional cost.
Educator Bundle Passes allow schools to register five educators at once and features all of the same benefits as the educator pass.
Educator Passes also include an additional question about class size to assist us in our reporting.
The Virtual Events Only Pass gives you access to the virtual platform. You can compete on the virtual leaderboard, watch live events, participate in live discussions and interact with booth reps in our innovative festival space.
In addition to being able to access all of these features on the virtual platform, the Virtual Plus In-Person Events Pass includes tickets to all of our in-person events at the Rose Theatre in Brampton.
In-Person Only Passes are for people who are only interested in the in-person event opportunities offered at the festival or who have secured a complimentary or company/board-supported virtual pass and wish to join us in-person as well.
A Virtual Events Only Pass or Virtual Plus In-Person Event Pass will give you access to more than 25 different virtual events, delivered through Zoom on an incredible virtual platform. You’ll be invited to set a password the first time you login with your email address. Once in the platform, you can watch events live or on-demand in the auditorium.
Passholders will also be able to access our virtual Exhibit Hall, which features booths from up to twenty sponsors and festival partners. You will also be able to chat with authors, attendees and vendors who are logged in at the same time.
The festival platform also includes a virtual leaderboard where passholders can accumulate points for engaging with exhibitors, watching events, and adding files and resources to their virtual tote bag.
Unfortunately, tickets to individual events are not possible. A festival pass will give you access to all the virtual events at the festival. Virtual Events Only Festival Pass is $35. A Virtual Plus In-Person Events Pass is $45. Payments can be made through Paypal or with a credit card. If you can’t find another event you like, let us know and we’ll recommend another event of interest.
All events are listed in Eastern Time. If you click on the schedule inside the festival platform, you can save events to your digital calendar in your current time zone.
The virtual festival space includes halls and spaces for passholders to enter and explore. There are no additional components to add to your devices. In the Main Auditorium, you’ll find a screen with a play button, which you can click on at any time. When you get to the schedule, you’ll see a play button appear when an event opens (2 minutes before the scheduled time). Click on the play button and a Zoom pop up window will pop up, which will allow you to watch the event. During and/or immediately after the event, click on the chat button on the side of the screen to join in the discussion with fellow readers and writers.
The FOLD virtual space is populated with Alt-Text. It includes an option to increase font size. All festival events – both virtual and in-person – will be live-captioned.
If you can’t enter the virtual space, click on the help button at the top right corner of the page. If you have problems navigating something inside the platform, head to the Help Desk and click on the sign marked “Technical Help”. If you have questions about the programming, you can also visit the Help Desk to reach FOLD staff.
All virtual and in-person events will be recorded and posted within 24-hours for passholders to watch on-demand until June 7.
The booklist for FOLD 2022 is available now. For those living in Canada, books can be purchased through our festival partner, Another Story Bookshop . All Canadian book orders received through ASB that include a FOLD 2022 author will come with a limited-edition festival book pack, which includes a program and a few other festival goodies. For festival goers in the US and the UK, please check out the FOLD account at Bookshop.
We accept donations year-round at Canada Helps. You can become a monthly donor or a single-time donor.
The festival is presenting three in-person evening events at Brampton’s Rose Theatre. The events will follow strict safety protocols to protect both the authors and the audience members who have agreed to attend and participate under the following FOLD Covid protocos.
All guests will be required to submit proof of vaccination and complete a health check prior to or upon arrival. Guests, staff and volunteers will also complete rapid tests and will wear masks throughout the venue except when appearing on stage as part of a presentation.
Tickets will be sold to a maximum 60% capacity. All activities — including book sales and author signings — will be set up to minimize crowds. Food and beverage will not be served on-site, but guests are welcome to bring water bottles into the space to maintain hydration. Outdoor reception spaces will be used whenever possible.
FOLD events take place at Brampton’s prestigious Rose Theatre. There are ramps at every entrance and there are elevators 5 meters from the accessible parking spaces in the Rose’s underground parking garage. The elevators are 10 metres from the theatre entrance and the wheelchair accessible seating is located at the centre of the theatre, about 10 metres from the theatre doors. There are large, gender-specific washrooms with accessible stalls. There are also spacious, non-gendered individual washrooms with accessible e-button doors on both sides of the lobby and auditorium.