TCAF’s Colourful History, Revisited

Toronto Comic Arts Festival, 2019 (c) Andy Nguyen


 

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) was originally established in 2003 in collaboration with The Beguiling comic shop. Seventeen years later: TCAF's humble beginnings in Trinity St. Paul’s United Church imbue an undeniable magic to its present stature. Today, TCAF is an internationally recognized forum for readers and creators to discover and share what’s new and exciting in the world of comics, its bustling marketplace a testament to the diversity of voices, genres, styles and storytelling techniques that exist within the medium.

Though TCAF will not be taking place in 2020—a consequence of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis—we spoke with TCAF’s Artistic Director, Christopher Butcher, and Managing Director, Miles Baker, to learn more about TCAF’s long journey and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

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Nursing the World to Health

Each night at 7:30, the sounds of applause, cheering and cookware being struck echoes between the apartment buildings of a once lively downtown Toronto and in many other cities across the globe. It’s now one of the ways we show gratitude to the essential workers who bravely put themselves in harm’s way each day. The Toronto International Festival of Authors would like to extend sincere thank you to the healthcare workers, food and beverage providersdelivery personstransit drivers and many more who work tirelessly to keep our lives moving during these unprecedented times.  

This month marks National Nursing Week, which in 2020 comes with the theme: Nurses: A Voice to Lead — Nursing the World to Health.  Nurses address a wide range of health challenges, which reveal new heart-wrenching stories that often go untold every day. In times of crisis, we turn to both nurses and storytellers for perspective, strength and healing. This May, in recognition of nurses everywhere, we asked leading voices in the literary community what they think the world might need to heal right now. Here's what they said:

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9 Books to Read During Asian Heritage Month

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It's officially Asian Heritage Month! It was created by the Canadian government as "an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent". We wanted to use our platform to spotlight the works of Asian-Canadians ranging from comics to nonfiction and for all ages.

Make sure to add these books to your reading lists and share your picks with us on our social media channels by using @festofauthors.

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POWER OF THE POETS Contest

 

Carlos Amorales, Black Cloud, 2007/2015. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2015. Courtesy of Diane and Bruce Halle Collection. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Carlos Amorales, Black Cloud, 2007/2015. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Congratulations to the winners of the Power of the Poets contest!


The Power Plant and the Toronto International Festival of Authors are excited to co-present POWER OF THE POETS, an ekphrastic poetry contest!

Ekphrastic poetry is poetry written about a work of art, often striving to connect what we see with feelings, memories and other insights. Well known examples include Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats and Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams.

In celebration of April as National Poetry Month, we invite you to write your own ekphrastic poem, inspired by one of The Power Plant’s five Clerestory Commissions:

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Readings from the BIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies anthology

We were excited to bring you the Toronto Lit Up launch of BIG: Stories about Life in Plus-Sized Bodies, edited by Christina Myers, live in person on March 17, 2020. However, the event has been postponed due to social distancing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. In the meantime, we are pleased to bring you video readings from the book, by its editor, Christina Myers, and several of its Toronto-based contributors (Emily Allan, Shadoe Ball, Tara Mandarano and Amanda Scriver). You can purchase the anthology wherever books are sold, and keep watch for a new event date coming in the future.

The Toronto Lit Up programme is designed to spotlight new works and empower Toronto’s writers through book launches. Toronto Lit Up is funded by the Toronto Arts Council and spearheaded by Toronto International Festival of Authors.

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