More than 40 writers and musicians will be present.
With over 40 writers from Canada, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad, and the United States, FSALA15 is an international festival with a difference. First started in 2009, the FSALA festivals are organized every two years to be a corrective to many “international” festivals that focus on European and North American writing. FSALA festivals therefore speak to the diversity of Toronto. Special features are pertinent, sometimes urgent literary discussions and one session on writing in languages other than English. This year the languages featured, besides English, will be Hindi, Punjabi, Swahili, Tagalog, and Urdu.
FRIDAY MAY 15
. Writing for the world: audience & authenticity.
. New theatre in Canada
. Keynote address by OLIVIA CHOW ; readings and music
SATURDAY MAY 16
. Growing diversity, untold stories.
. The world and English: challenges of writing and publishing in languages other than English.
. Is “East Asian” a helpful label in terms of the Canadian canon?
SATURDAY EVENING SPECIAL at 7:00pm
Classical Dance based on Kalidasa’s Ritusamhara by Indance
PLUS! readings by Jose Dalisay, Tololwa Mollel, Elizabeth Nunez (Philippines, Tanzania, Trinidad)
**This is a ticketed event**
SUNDAY MAY 17 at NOON
. South Asia in Canada.
. Writers from different South Asian languages will read and discuss their work
Anar (Sri Lanka) • Walter Bgoya (Tanzania) • Jose Dalisay (Philippines) • Ajmal Kamal (Pakistan) • Dannabang Kuwabong (Puerto Rico/Ghana/Canada) • Harish Narang (India) • Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad/USA) • Geetanjali Shree (India)
Shauna Singh Baldwin (Milwaukee) • Gurdev Chauhan (Trenton) • Cheran (Windsor) • Denise Chong (Vancouver) • Jawaid Danish (Toronto) • Safia Fazlul (Toronto) • C Fong Hsiung • Tasneem Jamal (Kitchener) • Sang Kim (Toronto) • Anand Mahadevan (Toronto) • Kagiso Molope (Ottawa) • Tololwa Mollel (Edmonton) • Narendra Pachkhede (Mississauga) • Dawn Promislow (Toronto) • Asma Sayed (Edmonton) • Jasmine Sawant (Mississauga) • Shailja Saksena (Toronto) • Munir Saami (Mississauga) • Olive Senior (Toronto) • Charles Smith (Toronto) • Nasim Syed (Toronto) • Madeleine Thien (Vancouver) • Rahul Verma (Montreal) • Terry Watada (Toronto)
**ALL EVENTS ARE FREE EXCEPT SATURDAY EVENING DANCE-READINGS**
For the full program including the venues, please click HERE.