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


The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is proud to take part in Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba 2018: the longest-running Black History Month celebration in Toronto. On Wednesday, February 7 we’ll host a thought-provoking discussion about writing and authorship, and opportunities and impediments to success in the book industry. The conversation will include authors Simone DaltonRinaldo Walcott and Whitney French, and will be moderated by CBC Toronto journalist Dwight Drummond, and hosted by David Bradford.

Be sure to explore the work of our featured authors before this special event:

Simone Dalton‘s short story “Undersigned” in The Unpublished City

Rinaldo Walcott‘s Queer Returns: Essays On Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies and Black Like Who? Writing Black Canada

Whitney French‘s short story “Glass” in Black Notes: Young Black Voices before

The IFOA 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 IFOA archives whose work we invite you to read this February, and all year round.

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Spoken word an important part of Harbourfront Centre’s Black History Month lineup

Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month Celebration, Kuumba, returns this weekend (Feb. 7–9). The three-day festival features an incredible lineup of music, comedy, dance performances and more that explore the idea of legacy and identity.

5 Fingers_ 1 Fist  - Kuumba blogAs part of this rich celebration of art, culture and heritage, Harbourfront Centre has programmed a 5 Fingers 1 Fist Spoken Word Showcase, featuring three spoken word performances from Jordan “JV da’ Poet” Viera, Quentin Vercetty, Trevlyn Kay, David Delisca and Randell Adjei. The first is a tribute to the 1968 Olympic protest, the second is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and the last performance features each artist showcasing their individual talents in short dialogues of poetry.

Check out this post from BlogTO for a taste of what you can expect this Saturday night!