Toronto Lit Up: Zong!

M. NourbeSe Philip

Toronto Lit Up: Zong!

7:00pm ET

Saturday, March 23, 2024

It's Ok* Studios

468 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2

Please note: This is an offsite event.

Join us March 23 at 7pm for the 15th anniversary of Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip (Invisible Publishing). This event will take place at It’s Ok* Studios, an independent Black-led and operated, interdisciplinary, multipurpose arts space in Toronto’s historic Queen West Neighbourhood, and will feature special guests and a sound piece from the Afrosonic Innovation LabAnother Story Bookshop will be on hand to sell books.

This is a free Toronto Lit Up event.


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 March 2023, Toronto Lit Up has presented 165 events featuring over 200 Toronto authors and illustrators. 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.

      Another Story Bookshop Logo

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Free

How to attend

This FREE event is open to the public.

Join us March 23 at 7pm for the 15th anniversary of Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip (Invisible Publishing). This event will take place at It’s Ok* Studios, an independent Black-led and operated, interdisciplinary, multipurpose arts space in Toronto’s historic Queen West Neighbourhood, and will feature special guests and a sound piece from the Afrosonic Innovation LabAnother Story Bookshop will be on hand to sell books.

This is a free Toronto Lit Up event.


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 March 2023, Toronto Lit Up has presented 165 events featuring over 200 Toronto authors and illustrators. 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.

      Another Story Bookshop Logo

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Free

Featured Authors

M. NourbeSe Philip is a renowned poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, and independent scholar. She practised law for seven years before becoming a poet and writer. Among her published works are the seminal She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks; the speculative prose poem Looking for Livingston: An Odyssey of Silence; the young adult novel Harriet’s Daughter; the play Coups and Calypsos; and four collections of essays, including her most recent collection, BlanK. Her book-length poem Zong! is a conceptually innovative, genre-breaking epic, which explodes the legal archive as it relates to slavery. Zong! was named the 2021 winner of World Literature Today’s 21 Books for the 21st Century. Among her awards are the prestigious Chalmers Award (Ontario Arts Council), the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award (Outstanding mid-career artist), as well as the Pushcart Prize (USA), the Casa de las Americas Prize (Cuba), the Lawrence Foundation Prize (USA), the Arts Foundation of Toronto Writing and Publishing Award (Toronto), and Dora Award finalist (Drama). Her fellowships include Guggenheim, McDowell, and Rockefeller (Bellagio). She is an awardee of both the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Arts) and the Elizabeth Fry Rebels for a Cause awards. M. NourbeSe Philip is the 2020 recipient of PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, as well as the 2021 recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ lifetime achievement award, the Molson Prize, for her “invaluable contributions to literature."

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7:00pm ET

Saturday, March 23, 2024

It's Ok* Studios

468 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2

Please note: This is an offsite event.

How to attend

This FREE event is open to the public

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