Curated: Eden Robinson’s Five Emerging Indigenous Writers to Watch

As part of National Indigenous History Month, we asked two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Eden Robinson to curate a list of five emerging Indigenous authors to spotlight. These writers examine topics of race, sexuality, trauma, survival, gender and so much more in their work from a range of insightful and refreshing perspectives. Your reading list just got longer.

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Celebrating Pride Month with Joanne Vannicola

It’s June which means summer, street festivals and Pride Month! Last year, we created a list of Top Ten Reads for Pride Month featuring authors such as Catherine Hernandez, Gwen Benaway, Kamal Al-Solaylee and Eileen Myles. This year, we spoke to actor and author Joanne Vannicola, about their new memoir, how their acting career influenced their writing and the queer authors they’d recommend.

Vannicola’s memoir, All We Knew But Couldn’t Say, launches on June 8 as part of Toronto Lit Up.

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An Interview with the Merril Collection’s Sephora Henderson

Harry Potter Day, Star Wars Day and a weekend of comics positions May as one of the geekiest months of the year. To sink our fangs into this theme, we spoke with the Merril Collection‘s Senior Department Head, Sephora Henderson, about the collection and the power of the sci-fi, fantasy and speculative genres!

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Meet Doyali Islam: Winner of 2019 Battle of the Bards

Doyali Islam at the 2019 PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards

On April 3, we hosted PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards, featuring 20 talented poets, each reading four minutes of their work. All poets maximized their limited time and gave us a showing of funny, compelling and beautiful performances. It was a fantastic way to begin National Poetry Month.

All the participants delivered remarkable work, however, it was Doyali Islam who stood out on this day to earn the 2019 title of top bard. We caught up with her to discuss the people she has to thank for her journey so far, the moment she fell in love with poetry and the poet we should all be looking out for.


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