Dragging the chains of memory
Join us in a conversation with two young Arab writers: Mazen Maarouf, a Palestinian-Icelandic writer, and poet whose short story collection “Gunmen’s Jokes” was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2019, and Mohamed Khelifi, a Tunisian writer and lawyer based in New York, whose novel “Flee” was awarded the Rambourg Award. In this […]
Considering the decline in demand for Arabic poetry from publishers, did this push poetry to resign from its old roles, as a voice for the oppressed, the forgotten and the powerless? Did Arabic poetry quit the idea of change and the yearning for freedom, or did it take on new roles and forms? Is writing […]
Love and arms!
With the end of the Arab Spring, the dream of democracy has turned into a nightmare of violence in all its forms, including assassinations, terrorism, and coups. Join the Tunisian novelist Kamel Riahi, and the Egyptian-Canadian novelist May Telmissany, to discuss the reality of Arabic writing in exile today, and ask the question: do Arab […]
Bengalis in CanLit
Canadian Literature encompasses the contributions of writers and poets of many different language origins. Bengali origin writers are no less significant in the expansive canon of CanLit. Many of whom, such as Bharati Mukherjee, are represented on the short and long lists of Canada’s major literary awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Griffin Poetry Prize […]
Reading Bengali Poems
A good number of Bengali poets living throughout Canada have also achieved recognition back home. Canadian Bengali poets, including Shekhor Gomes, Anjuman Rosy, Sheuli Jahan and Kazi Helal, will participate in this Reading Bengali Poems session. They will recite their own creations along with the Bengali transcreations. Noted writer and curator Subrata Kumar Das will […]
Tam Fam Lit Jam
Join exciting young Tamil authors Priya Guns and Akil Kumarasamy for an evening of readings and conversation with Nedra Rodrigo (aka “Evil Aunty”) at the Tam Fam Lit Jam. The conversation will be followed by a showcase of poetry, prose, dance and film featuring a range of vibrant emerging talent both local and global.
Writing as a Passion
Bengalis are one of the most vibrant community groups in Canada, known for their many notable writers and poets, and countless literary activities throughout the year. Among the hundred-plus published Bengali writers, a good number live in Toronto and its adjacent cities. Three senior writers from the community, including Dilip Chakraborty, Sudhir Saha and Roksana […]