Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Writers Forum
Tamil Literary Garden
Canadian Tamil Congress
Punjabi Forum Canada
Fairshare Marketing
Progressive Writers Association of Canada 


Baidar  and Anita Bakht
Chand and Niroo Chandaria
Iqbal and Zinnat Dewji
Sabrina Hasham
Arun Prabha and Alok Mukherjee
Shenaaz Nanji
Nasreen Parvaiz
Ajmer Rode
Mehadi Sayed
Amyn Sunderji
Dr Atul Tolia


Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts 2015

May 15-17 2015

3 days of readings, seminars, music and dance

Celebrate World Literature as nowhere else!

Canada India Ghana Sri Lanka Pakistan Trinidad Tanzania Philippines

Books Readings Debates!

More than 25 writers and musicians will be present. New features include an East Asian Panel and a writing workshop. We will acknowledge the passing of Chinua Achebe, U R Ananthamurthy, and Victor Ramraj.


Admission is free except for the Saturday night event. It is advisable but not essential to pre-register.



International Authors
Anar (Sri Lanka) • Walter Bgoya (Tanzania) • Ranjit Hoskote (India) • Dannabang Kuwabong (Puerto Rico/Ghana/Canada) • Perumal Murugan (India) • Harish Narang (India) • Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad/USA) • (Pakistan) • Jose Dalisay (Philippines)

Canadian Authors & MODERATORS
Shauna Singh Baldwin (Milwaukee) • Cheran (Windsor) • Denise Chong • Jawaid Danish (Toronto)  Safia Fazlul (Toronto)  • Tasneem Jamal (Kitchener) • Sang Kim (Toronto) • Anand Mahadevan (Toronto) • Kagiso Molope (Ottawa) • Tololwa Mollel (Edmonton) • Dawn Promislow (Toronto) • Asma Sayed (Edmonton) • Jasmine Sawant (Mississauga) • Shailja Saksena (Toronto) • Olive Senior (Toronto) • Charles Smith (Toronto) • Madeleine Thien (Vancouver) • Rahul Verma (Montreal) • Terry Watada (Toronto)

Kamini Dandapani (New York) • Tichaona Maradze (Toronto)

"The Book of Sandalwood"
dance performance
InDance with Hari Krishnan

(specially choreographed for FSALA15)


Three World Authors:

Tololwa Mollel (Canada/Tanzania)
• Jose Dalisay (Philippines)

• Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad/USA)

Saturday May 16 at Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC

 7:00-10:00 PM
Tickets $30

Tickets may be purchased here:

Eventbrite - Three World Writers plus Kiran Ahluwalia in Concert

Or here:


Or Call: (416)-483-7191 (10:00-4:00)



Full Program
(subject to change)

Map of Area

Friday May 15


School visits by selected authors


*event 1

2:00 4:00 p.m.
Combination Room, Trinity College
Enter through 6 Hoskin Ave

Writing for the West: Audience & Authenticity
how does writing for western publishers & audiences mould creativity?

Walter Bgoya (Tanzania), Jose Dalisay (Philippines), Ranjit Hoskote (India), Asma Sayed (Canada/Gujarat)
Moderator: Dannabang Kuwabong (Canada/Ghana)

*event 2

4:15  – 6:00 p.m.
Combination Room, Trinity College
Enter through 6 Hoskin Ave

 "NewTheatre in Canada"
alternative theatres in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver

Jawaid Danish (Rangmanch Canada), Jasmine Sawant (Sawitri Theatre Group), Diana Tso, Rahul Verma (Teesri Duniya Theatre), etc.

 Moderator: Shailja Saksena,


*event 3


7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Strachan Hall, Trinity College, University of Toronto

Introduction and Welcome
Keynote Address: 
FSALA Lifetime Achievement Award:
Remembering Chinua Achebe, U R Ananthamurthy, Vikram Ramraj

Readings: Shauna Singh Baldwin, Kagiso Molope, Madeleine Thien
Musical recital: Tichaona Maradze


Saturday May 16

Munk School of Global Affairs,
Campbell Conference Facility, University of Toronto

1 Devonshire Place

*event 4

9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Munk Centre Room 108 

"Growing Diversity, Untold Stories"
The Changing Modes of Writing & Publishing: the impact of self-publishing on the telling of stories

Charles Smith, Tasneem Jamal, Sang Kim, Dawn Promislow, Safia Fazlul

Moderator: Narendra Pachkhede

*event 5

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Campbell Room

"The World, and English: The Challenges of Writing and Publishing in Another Language"
Is the audience shrinking in the face of growing English influence?

(1) Cheran
(Tamil), Tahir Gora (Urdu), Harish Narang (Hindi)
(2) Anar (Tamil)
Walter Bgoya (Swahili),
Jose Dalisay (Tagalog)

Moderator: Arun Prabha Mukherjee

*event 6

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Writers' Workshop, led by Olive Senior
Registration to be announced


*event 7

1:30 – 2:50 p.m.
Munk Centre Room 108


Ranjit Hoskote, Olive Senior, Madeleine Thien
Moderator: Anand Mahadevan


*event 8


3:10 – 4:30 p.m.
Munk Centre Room 108

"East Asian Panel"
Is 'Asian-Canadian' a helpful label in terms of the Canadian canon?


Denise Chong, C Fong Hsiung, Kim Sang, Diana Tso, Terry Watada 
Moderator: Madeleine Thien


*event 9

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC
750 Spadina Ave

Tololwa Mollel, Elizabeth Nunez, Jose Dalisay

African guitar: Tichaona Maredza

"The Book of Sandalwood"
inspired by classical texts
performed by InDance with Hari Krishnan

Eventbrite - Three World Writers plus Kiran Ahluwalia in Concert


Sunday May 17


*event 10

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Campbell Room, Campbell Conference Facility


*event 11

South Asian Panel
Is there a unity in South Asian writing

Ajmal Kamal (Pakistan), Perumal Murugan (Tamil Nadu), Harish Narang (Delhi), Anar (Sri Lanka)

Moderator: Ranjit Hoskote (Bombay)


2:10 - 2:30 p.m.
Musical Recital

Carnatic Vocal Recital by Kamini Dandapani

*event 12

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Campbell Room, Campbell Conference Facility

"South Asia in Canada"
1. The Dhahan Prize in Punjabi Literatute: Ajmer Rode

Readings: Canadian Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu writers



Please Donate!
FSALA depends on private donations. Please donate. Tax-deductible in Canada.



Please Donate!
FSALA depends to a large extent on private donations. Please donate. Tax-deductible in Canada.

Become a volunteer!

FSALA15 needs volunteers during the days of the Festival.
We need ushers, attendants at tables, and drivers.
Be a host and get to know a writer!

Please e-mail christa@fsalatoronto.com





photo: Irina Popova
dancers shown: Nalini Bisnath, Sreyashi Chakraborti, and Shobana Layen.

Specially commissioned by FSALA15, "The Book of Sandalwood" is inspired by  Kalidasa’s Ritusamhara in Sanskrit; Sivakkolundu Desikar’s Sarabhendra Bhupala Kuranvanji in Tamil; and Tanjavur Venkat Rao’s Tanjavuri Hori Lavani in Marathi. 
The performance will also pay tribute to Chelva Kanaganayakam.