5 Books To Read By Indigenous Authors

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kegedonce Press, “one of only three established Aboriginal publishers in Canada”. We’ve compiled a list of books from prominent Indigenous writers, all of which are just as enlightening as they are compelling. You won’t soon forget this cast of characters as they embark on quests for self-discovery and survival.

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A Remix on Romance and CanLit with Uzma Jalaluddin

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In honour of Canada Day, we invite you to reflect on the diversity of contemporary Canadian literature with debut #CanLit author Uzma Jalaluddin. Jalaluddin’s novel, Ayesha At Last, has been called a remix of Pride and Prejudice, as it offers a unique take on the romance genre. We asked Jalaluddin about her foray into the genre, how she approached it from a non-mainstream perspective and her experience as a debut novelist.

We started at the beginning: why romance? For Jalaluddin, it began with her mother:

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Top Ten Reads For Pride Month

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To many readers, June marks the start of the summer reading season, but it also means Pride Month! In honour of the season, we’ve compiled a list of ten books by LGBTQIA+ authors that you’ll feel proud to add to your summer reading list. From poetry to non-fiction, from Scarborough to Jamaica, these titles represent only a small fraction of queer storytelling. We expect they’ll inspire you to add more to your bookshelves long past June.


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Writing Women’s History: An Interview with The Red Word’s Sarah Henstra

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Online movements like #MeToo have forced an important conversation on power, consent, sexual harassment and assault into the spotlight which has led to real world actions like the Times Up Legal Defense Fund.

As it’s the first day of Women’s History Month, we wanted to take the time to chat with author Sarah Henstra ahead of her Toronto Lit Up book launch on March 8th.

Henstra’s arresting novel, The Red Word, is set on an American campus where a Canadian sophomore, Karen Huls, deals with the conflict of dating a member of the Gamma Beta Chi fraternity while living with the radical feminists of the Raghurst house. We asked Henstra why she chose to write about rape culture, and campus culture, in her book:

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10 Authors to Read This Black History Month (and Beyond)

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The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is proud to take part in Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba 2019: the longest-running Black History Month celebration in Toronto. On Wednesday, February 20 we’ll be celebrating The Launch of Black Writers Matter, an anthology of African Canadian creative nonfiction. The conversation will include editor Whitney French and contributors Simone Dalton, Scott FraserPhillip Dwight Morgan and Angela Wright. The event will be hosted by Nadia L. Hohn.

TIFA has had the pleasure of featuring numerous voices that honour the heritage, traditions and culture of Black communities here in Canada and across the globe. In honour of Black History Month, we’ve selected ten Black authors from the TIFA archives whose work we invite you to read this February, and all year round.

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