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Dr Sabir Alvi
Dr Sajida Alvi
Baidar  and Anita Bakht
Mayank Bhatt
Chand and Niroo Chandaria
Iqbal and Zinnat Dewji
Sabrina Hasham
Abid Jafri
Arun Prabha and Alok Mukherjee
Rafi Mustafa
Shenaaz Nanji
Nasreen Pervaiz
Mehadi Sayed
Haroon Siddiqui

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  USA

Books Readings Debates!
Music!
Dance!
 

More than 40 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.

• WE MOURN THE PASSING OF CHELVA KANAGANAYAKAM
FOUNDING MEMBER OF FSALA •

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

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

Canadian Authors & MODERATORS
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)

MUSICAL INTERLUDES
Kamini Dandapani (New York) • Tichaona Maredza (Toronto)

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

(specially choreographed for FSALA15)

plus

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

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE:


Eventbrite - Three World Writers plus Kiran Ahluwalia in Concert


OR ON HERE

 



Or Call: (416)-483-7191 (10:00-4:00)
info
@fsalatoronto.com

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Full Program
(subject to change)

Map of Area

Friday May 15

Morning

School visits by selected authors

 Afternoon

*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

evening

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

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

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

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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), Ajmal Kamal (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

PUBLIC READING

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, Madeleine Thien, Diana Tso, Terry Watada 
Moderator: Kim Sang

 

*event 9

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

PUBLIC READING
Tololwa Mollel, Elizabeth Nunez, Jose Dalisay

African guitar: Tichaona Maredza
Intermissio
n
DANCE PERFORMANCE

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

FOR TICKETS:

Eventbrite - Three World Writers plus Kiran Ahluwalia in Concert


OR HERE:

Tickets


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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: Cheran Rudhramurty (Tamil), Ajmer Rode (Punjabi),
Gurdev Chauhan (Punjabi),
Shailja Saksena (Hindi), Nasim Syed (Urdu) 

 

Moderator:  Suman Ghai

 

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!

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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.