9 Books to Read During Asian Heritage Month

Asian girl leaning on an open book on a desk

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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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.

Make Lit Fashion: An Interview with Book Cover Designers

Book cover art of three books featured in article

Cover art (L to R):  Kai and Sunny, Sarah Brody and Sean Kapitain (Type Design),
and Emmanuel Polanco. Art direction: Gigi Lau.

New York. London. Milan. Paris. What do those cities have in common? They've all had fashion weeks occurring in the month of February. Fashion isn't usually a preoccupation of a book festival but when you think about it, book covers are the outfits that stories wear. It's the first impression and it's hard not to judge a book by its cover when there are thousands published in a given year. When a striking cover catches your eyes? It's a magical moment.

There are people behind those magical moments: book cover designers. Three of them—Oliver McPartlin, a freelance designer; Gigi Lau, Art Director at Harlequin; and Jessica Boudreau, an in-house designer at Simon and Schuster—have agreed to discuss what it's like to design a cover, their most interesting moments and the trends they've noticed on book shelves.

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International Authors to See at #FestofAuthors19

Every year, authors travel to Toronto from all over the world to take part in the Toronto International Festival of Authors. This year, we present a group of internationally acclaimed authors who bring with them different perspectives and techniques.

Here are some names you’ll definitely want to catch while they’re in town!

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