Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario. Self-described as a contemporary story teller, his exploration of the storytelling tradition has explored many boundaries. Drew has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts.
Conversation l Reading l Q&A
In English and Mandarin
Co-facilitated by journalist and poet, Yafang Shi
Award-winning poet, Anna Yin, was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999. She served as Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate and was Ontario’s representative to the League of Canadian Poets. Her poems/translations have appeared in the New York Times, China Daily and CBC Radio. Mirrors and Windows is her 6th book of poetry (her second book of poetry translations).
Farzana Doctor is a critically acclaimed writer, activist and psychotherapist. Of Indian ancestry, she was born in Zambia before immigrating to Canada in 1971. Farzana’s latest novel, Seven, is a brave, richly layered narrative about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between kinship and the fight against customs that harm us.
“The feminist novel of the year.” Susan G. Cole, Now Magazine
Break the rules of rational thinking. Create literary graffiti with child-like art, visualization and imagination games. Using the magic of metaphor, transform an animal as the most painful aspect of a character into a rescued beast - vibrant and alive.
Inspired by Drew Hayden Taylor’s Chasing Painted Horses, this workshop takes a deep dive into character development and loosely uses the mechanics of plot to propel the character forward in its own poem, story or memoir.
Facilitated by Marnie Maguire
There are four standard parts to a query letter, and messing up any of the four can reduce your chances of finding a publisher.
Optional component: an evaluation of your query letter.
There are now a lot of different ways to get a book published. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. For example, traditional publishing can take years but doesn't cost you anything, while self-publishing may involve costs but can get your book to the market really quickly.
There is a lot more to editing than just checking grammar and spelling. It can include everything from checking that you have historical facts correct to making your humour funnier. There's a standard sequence of editing steps, and understanding the steps will make revising your own writing go more smoothly.
Optional component: Participants will have the opportunity to have a brief review of a piece of their writing.
Black History Month
Presenting: Dr. Cheryl Thompson
Author Reading l Q&A
Dr. Cheryl Thompson's books include "Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada's Black Beauty Culture" and "Uncle: Race, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Loyalty.
In celebration of Black History Month
Join us for the grand finale of the 2020 OneBookOneAurora project.
Meet Catherine Hernandez, author of Scarborough, and enjoy a
fascinating glimpse into the back story of this fabulous book.
Reading and Q&A.
SAT NOV 14
2:00 PM | Virtual event
By turns humorous and touching, They Left Us Everything is an unforgettable memoir about family love, loss and legacies. A disciplined British father, an exuberant Southern mother, five kids, fifty years' worth of stuff, and the 23-room house that held them all. Plum Johnson's memoir is a funny, heartfelt story about what parents leave behind.
RBC Taylor Prize for They Left Us Everything
Longlisted for the Leacock Medal for Humour
Winner OLA Evergreen Award