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Sonya Singh is a former entertainment reporter turned communications professional who has followed her dream of telling stories in front of the camera and now behind the scenes. Her debut novel, Sari, Not Sari, is an ode to her own personal dating experiences, during which she honed the art of writing the perfect break-up email/text. Sonya lives in Toronto. You can follow her at SonyaSinghBooks.com and on Instagram @SonyaSinghWrites.

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Join Toronto Lit Up and Simon & Schuster Canada on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 6:30pm ET to celebrate the launch of Sonya Singh’s book Sari, Not Sari. The in-person event will take place at Arta Gallery, 14 Distillery Lane in Toronto.

Sari, Not Sari is a delightful debut rom-com that follows the adventures of a woman trying to connect with her South Asian roots and introduces readers to a memorable cast of characters in a veritable feast of food, family traditions and fun. You can get your copy of Sari, Not Sari from Queen Books here.

Toronto Lit Up is a multi-year initiative, started in 2016 by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, to spotlight Toronto writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Between April 2016 and January 2022, Toronto Lit Up has produced 128 events that launched 152 books by 226 local authors. Toronto Lit Up book launches take place throughout the year at venues across the city. They are open to the public and free to attend. Click here for more information.

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Originally from Alberta, A. M. Todd currently lives in Toronto. Her work has been published in Breath and Shadow, Kaleidoscope, Scare Street and After Dinner Conversation, and her short stories have won Honourable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest twice. She completed a Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Toronto. City of Sensors is her first novel.

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Join us for a special evening of poetry as McClelland & Stewart launches new collections from poets Madhur Anand, Laurie D. Graham, Tolu Oloruntoba and Phoebe Wang. Hear the authors read a selection from their new books, then stick around as they sit down with moderator Natasha Ramoutar for a live discussion and Q&A.

Anand’s new collection, Parasitic Oscillations, interrogates the poet’s own experience of working between the arts and the sciences on the one hand and living between North American and Indian cultures on the other, while Graham’s Fast Commute takes aim at the structures that support ecological injustice and attempts new forms of expression grounded in respect for flora, fauna, water, land and air. Oloruntoba’s Each One a Furnace explores (im)migration, diasporas, transience and instability by following the behaviour, and the abundant variety, of finches, and Wang’s Waking Occupations contemplates our obligations to live in a creative, generative and revolutionary way amid a cascade of global contingencies.

Get your copy of these new poetry collections from UofT Bookstore, the official bookseller for this event, here.

This event will take place virtually. Please return to this page on March 30 at 7pm ET to watch the event. A recording of the launch will be available to view for 72 hours.

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Phoebe Wang is a writer and educator based in Toronto, Canada, and a first-generation Chinese-Canadian. Her debut collection of poetry, Admission Requirements (McClelland & Stewart, 2017) was named a Globe and Mail Best Book, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and nominated for the Trillium Book Award. Recently her work has appeared in The Unpublished City, shortlisted for a Toronto Book Award, in REFUSE: Canlit in Ruins (Bookhug, 2018), What the Poets are Doing (Nightwood, 2018). She teaches and works as a Writing and Learning Consultant at OCAD University.

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Tolu Oloruntoba was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and practiced medicine before his before his current work managing projects for provincial health organizations. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Harvard Divinity Bulletin, PRISM International, Pleiades, Columbia Journal Online, Obsidian, The Maynard and the Humber Literary Review, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His debut chapbook, Manubrium, was shortlisted for the 2020 bpNichol Chapbook Award, while his debut collection of poems, The Junta of Happenstance, was published in Spring 2021 by Palimpsest Press and is a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. He lives in Surrey, BC, in the territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations.

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Laurie D. Graham grew up in Treaty 6 territory, and she currently lives in Nogojiwanong, in the territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg, where she is a writer, an editor and the publisher of Brick magazine. Her books are Rove, Settler Education and Fast Commute, out now with McClelland & Stewart.

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Anu Chouhan is a Punjabi-Canadian illustrator and former mobile game artist from Vancouver, BC. A trained animator and character designer, Anu often combines her love of her cultural heritage, anime and global fashion into her art. She enjoys creating art that celebrates diversity and empowerment.

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Mahak Jain writes for young people and adults. Her picture book Maya (illustrated by Elly Mackay) was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, a CBC Books Best Book of the Year and winner of the 2017 South Asia Book Award. Mahak lives in Toronto, ON.

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Silvae Mercedes is a Mad performer, writer and designer based in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. Her work explores the liminal spaces between the private and cultural imagination, the corridors of memory, and the ways in which trauma writes itself upon them. She is a founding member of Other Hearts Collective (otherhearts.ca) and currently pursuing a B.A. in Honours English, Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Sexuality Studies at Concordia University. Upcoming 2022 works include publication in Soliloquies Anthology Issue 26.2 (poem, short story), Theatre Gargantua’s Urban ARTeries (performer) and The Intangible Adorations Caravan with ArtworxTO (performer, costume designer).

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