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  1. The Festival of Literary Diversity (the FOLD) is proud to announce the programming schedule for Canada’s first festival for diverse books. The schedule for the festival features diverse Canadian authors and includes three days of workshops, readings, events and author signings with a three-FOLD mandate: to engage readers, inspire writers, and empower educators. The schedule and registration for all events is open to the public: http://thefoldcanada.org/schedule/ ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Festival of Literary Diversity, founded by author and Artistic Director Jael Richardson, will take place from May 6 – 8, 2016 in Brampton, Ontario and will feature best-selling authors Lawrence Hill, Helen Humphreys, Ayelet Tsabari and Zarqa Nawaz, alongside over 30 more dynamic and inspiring Canadian authors and performers. The inaugural, ground-breaking festival focuses on diverse stories that are underrepresented in literary settings – stories that reflect variations in geography, ethnicity, race, culture, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and religion. The festival includes sessions for school groups, an educator workshop, as well as panels, writers’ workshops, and feature events throughout downtown Brampton. Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life. The book received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Arts Acclaim Award and a My People Award as an Emerging Artist. A children’s book, based closely on the memoir, is coming out May 1, 2016 with Groundwood Books. Richardson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and she lives in Brampton, ON where she currently serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity. For further details or to book an interview with Ms. Richardson, please contact: Amanda Leduc Communications and Development Coordinator, The FOLD info@thefoldcanada.org (905) 807-3896
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