Join Inanna Publications and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Zoë S. Roy’s Spinster Kang, Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes’ Any Waking Morning & Mehri Yalfani’s A Palace in Paradise through Toronto Lit Up!
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Click here for more information.
Born in China, Zoë S. Roy, an avid reader even during the Cultural Revolution, writes literary fiction with a focus on women’s cross-cultural experiences. Her publications include a collection of short stories, Butterfly Tears (2009), and three novels, Spinster Kang (2019), The Long March Home (2011) and Calls across the Pacific (2015), all published by Inanna Publications. She holds an M.A. in Atlantic Canada Studies from Saint Mary’s University and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of New Brunswick. She currently lives in Toronto and is a teacher for the Toronto Public School Board.
Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes is a Jamaican-Canadian, poet/educator and former nun. A Fellow at Scotland’s Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers in Fall, 2009, her literary publications include the collections: Any Waking Morning (2019); Dark Water Songs (2013); Travelling Light (2006), long-listed for the 2007 ReLit Poetry Award; and The Fires of Naming (2001). Published in Canada, the UK and The Netherlands, her work includes poetry and essays in journals and anthologies and chapters in edited books. She lives in Toronto.
Mehri Yalfani was born in Hamadan, Iran. She graduated from the University of Tehran with a degree in electrical engineering and worked as an engineer for twenty years. She immigrated to Canada in 1987 with her family, and has been writing and publishing ever since. Four novels and two collections of short stories written in Farsi, her mother language, were published in Sweden, the U.S. and Canada. Her novel, Dancing In A Broken Mirror, published in Iran, was a finalist for the "Book of the Year" in 2000. She has published several books in English, including Parastoo: Stories and Poems (1995): Two Sisters (2000); and Afsaneh's Moon (2002). A Farsi version of Afsaneh's Moon was published in Iran in 2004. A volume of poetry in Farsi, Rahavard, was also published in 2004. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of American and Canadian anthologies. The Street of Butterflies was published by Inanna Publications in October 2017. She lives and writes in Toronto.