Authors Amy Jones (Every Little Piece of Me), Rabindranath Maharaj (Fatboy Fall Down) and Zalika Reid-Benta (Frying Plantain) read from their latest works at the Markham Public Library. These books will be available for purchase with a book signing to follow the event. Hosted by Ariana Ferrone.
Tickets are also available in person at the Markham Public Library, Markham Village Branch.
Presented in partnership with Markham Public Library. This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. We would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Amy Jones’s first novel, We’re All in This Together, was a national bestseller, won the Northern Lit Award, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and named a “Best Book of the Year” by the Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was a finalist for the ReLit Award. Her fiction has won the CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction, appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories, and been selected as LongForm’s Pick of the Week. Originally from Halifax, she lived in Thunder Bay for many years before moving to Toronto. Every Little Piece of Me is her second novel.
Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of seven novels and three short story collections. His fifth novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, won both the Toronto Book Award and the Trillium Fiction Prize. In 2013, Maharaj was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He resides in Ajax, Ontario.
Zalika Reid-Benta is a Toronto-based writer whose work has appeared on CBC Books, in TOK: Writing the New Toronto, and in Apogee Journal. In 2011, George Elliott Clarke recommended her as a “Writer to Watch.” She received an M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia University in 2014 and is an alumnus of the 2017 Banff Writing Studio. She completed a double major in English Literature and Cinema and a minor in Caribbean Studies at University of Toronto’s Victoria College. She also studied Creative Writing at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. She is currently working on a young-adult fantasy novel drawing inspiration from Jamaican folklore and Akan spirituality.