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Join four amazing Black, female authors as they talk about their unique writing journeys. Are there more obstacles to overcome as a Black author? What does it take to get a book published? Why are Black stories important? How do they respectfully share intimate parts of their own lives while being respectful of their loved ones? What does talking di tings mean to them?

This Black Woman’s Authors Festival, curated by award-winning writer and relationship/life coach Trey Anthony, was first released as part of Kuumba 2021, Toronto’s longest-running Black History Month festival, presented by Harbourfront Centre. Kuumba is presented by TD Ready Commitment and funded by the Government of Canada.

Celina Caesar-Chavannes smiling holding a copy of her new book with a orange background

The sista talk of all sista talks! Trey Anthony and Jemeni G. together, one night. Uncensored … two queens sit down and spill the tea! What’s it like to be a Black girl in love (with herself)? How do we get there? How do we remind ourselves? What does friendship look like for Black women? Can white women be our friends? And how do we get over our own complicated family trauma? Don’t miss this! They are going to be talking di tings! And telling the truth.

About the She’s Giving You the Read and Talking di Tings! series:

Join four amazing Black, female authors as they talk about their own writing journey. Are there more obstacles to overcome as a Black author? What does it take to get a book published? Why are Black stories important? How do they respectfully share intimate parts of their own lives while being respectful of their loved ones? What does talking di tings mean to them?

Presented in partnership with Kuumba (presented by TD Ready Commitment and funded by the Government of Canada), a series of events at Harbourfront Centre celebrating Black History Month that features the work of choreographers, authors, musicians, visual artists and thought leaders from across Canada.

 

A Different Booklist logoPurchase your copy of the book from A Different Booklist, a Toronto-based, independent bookstore specializing in books from the African and Caribbean diaspora, below.

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) logo  Harbourfront centre logo  TD The Ready Commitment logo  Canadian Heritage Canada Wordmark

Trey Anthony smiling and Jemeni looking off to the side with an orange background

Trey Anthony is excited to interview the amazing Author and podcaster Elayne Fluker, who is author of Get Over “I Got it!”: How to Stop Playing Superwoman, Get Support, and Remember that Having It All Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Alone.

Today’s women are ambitious and excelling in every way. But many still believe that asking for help along the journey is a sign of weakness, ignorance or incompetence, so they go it alone.

Author and podcaster Elayne Fluker believes this mindset is partially responsible for the increase in suicide rates for girls and women and the reason so many women end up depressed, overwhelmed, isolated and unfulfilled. Join Trey and Elayne as they discuss Elayne’s new book and give valuable tips on how women can get the support that they need in their lives. Fluker’s book offers women help, giving them a surefire strategy – and the confidence – to seek support. They’ll then be positioned to join other women’s support networks, uplifting them in a way that will transform both individual lives and communities.

About the She’s Giving You the Read and Talking di Tings! series:

Join four amazing Black, female authors as they talk about their own writing journey. Are there more obstacles to overcome as a Black author? What does it take to get a book published? Why are Black stories important? How do they respectfully share intimate parts of their own lives while being respectful of their loved ones? What does talking di tings mean to them?

Presented in partnership with Kuumba (presented by TD Ready Commitment and funded by the Government of Canada), a series of events at Harbourfront Centre celebrating Black History Month that features the work of choreographers, authors, musicians, visual artists and thought leaders from across Canada.

 

A Different Booklist logoPurchase your copy of the books from A Different Booklist, a Toronto-based, independent bookstore specializing in books from the African and Caribbean diaspora, below.

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) logo  Harbourfront centre logo  TD The Ready Commitment logo  Canadian Heritage Canada Wordmark

Elayne Fluker smiling with an orange background

In Can You Hear Me Now? Celina Caesar-Chavannes digs deep into her childhood and her life as a young Black woman entrepreneur and politician, and she shows us that effective and humane leaders grow as much from their mistakes and vulnerabilities as from their strengths.

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, already a breaker of boundaries as a Black woman in business, got into politics because she wanted to make a bigger difference in the world. But when she became the first Black person elected to represent the federal riding of Whitby, Ontario, she hadn’t really thought about the fact that Ottawa wasn’t designed for someone like her. Celina soon found herself both making waves and breaking down, confronting at night, alone in her Ottawa apartment, all the painful beauty of her childhood and her troubled early adult life. She paid the price for speaking out about micro-aggressions and speaking up for her community and her riding, but she also felt exhilaration and empowerment. As she writes, “This is not your typical leadership book where the person is placed in a situation and miraculously comes up with the right response for the wicked problem. This is the story of me falling in love, at last, with who I am, and finding my voice in the unlikeliest of places.”

Trey Anthony is excited to interview Celina to discuss the tremendous pressures placed on ambitious Black women. They will also have a candid conversation about mental health and depression in the Black community.

About the She’s Giving You the Read and Talking di Tings! series:

Join four amazing Black, female authors as they talk about their own writing journey. Are there more obstacles to overcome as a Black author? What does it take to get a book published? Why are Black stories important? How do they respectfully share intimate parts of their own lives while being respectful of their loved ones? What does talking di tings mean to them?

Presented in partnership with Kuumba (presented by TD Ready Commitment and funded by the Government of Canada), a series of events at Harbourfront Centre celebrating Black History Month that features the work of choreographers, authors, musicians, visual artists and thought leaders from across Canada.

A Different Booklist logoPurchase your copy of the books from A Different Booklist, a Toronto-based, independent bookstore specializing in books from the African and Caribbean Diaspora, below.

 

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) logo  Harbourfront centre logo  TD The Ready Commitment logo  Canadian Heritage Canada Wordmark

Celina Caesar-Chavannes smiling holding a copy of her new book with a orange background

For over a decade, millions of Canadians started their day with Marci Ien. As a Black female news anchor and, later, the first Black woman in Canada to co-host a national morning show, Marci felt the pressure to stay “on script” – with little room for error. She had to be great. She had to show, every day, that she deserved to be there. But suddenly her career went in another direction and Marci came “off script.” Join Trey Anthony and Marci as they have an intimate and candid conversation about Marci’s new book Off Script, and Marci will share how to find your courage to speak up, trust your voice and follow your own formula for what matters most.

About the She’s Giving You the Read and Talking di Tings! series:

Join four amazing Black, female authors as they talk about their own writing journey. Are there more obstacles to overcome as a Black author? What does it take to get a book published? Why are Black stories important? How do they respectfully share intimate parts of their own lives while being respectful of their loved ones? What does talking di tings mean to them?

Presented in partnership with Kuumba (presented by TD Ready Commitment and funded by the Government of Canada), a series of events at Harbourfront Centre celebrating Black History Month that features the work of choreographers, authors, musicians, visual artists and thought leaders from across Canada.

 

A Different Booklist logoPurchase your copy of the books from A Different Booklist, a Toronto-based, independent bookstore specializing in books from the African and Caribbean Diaspora, below.

 

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) logo  Harbourfront centre logo  TD The Ready Commitment logo  Canadian Heritage Canada Wordmark

Marci Ien smiling at the camera with an orange background