Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto
Massey College, University of Toronto

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


Iqbal and Zinnat Dewji
Dr Atul Tolia
Ananya Mukherjee
Arun Prabha and Alok Mukherjee
Chand and Niroo Chandaria
Azim Jeraj

Amyn Sunderji
Sabrina Hasham
Baidar  and Anita Bakht


Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts 2015

May 15-17 2015

3 days of readings, seminars, music and dance

FSALA is an arts festival promoting writers from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, and those not writing in English, who are major figures in their own countries and / or languages though not always in the global English "mainstream." FSALA also invites Canadian writers to the Festival, and musicians and other artists. In the past we have had dramatists Girish Karnad and Mahesh Dattani from India, novelist Bapsi Sidhwa from Pakistan/USA and Valerie Tagwira from Zimbabwe. We've had Zimbabwean musician Evelyn Mukwedeya on mbira, classical dancer Hari Krishnan with his troupe, and ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia from Canada. Important features of FSALA are panel discussions on various aspects of the arts, and opportunities for members of the public to meet the artists. In 2015 we will acknowledge the passing of Chinua Achebe, U R Ananthamurthy, and Victor Ramraj.

For FSALA15, more than 25 writers and musicians will be present. Admission is free except for the Saturday concert. It is advisable but not essential to pre-register.


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

Canadian (To be confirmed)
Cheran (Windsor) • Meena Chopra (Mississauga)Tahir Gora (Burlington) • Ava Homa (Toronto) • Tasneem Jamal (Kitchener) • Sheniz Janmohamed (Toronto) • Anand Mahadevan (Toronto) • Kagiso Molope • Evelyn Mukwedeya (Toronto) • Munir Pervaiz (Mississauga) • Tololwa Molel (Edmonton) • Dawn Promislow (Toronto) • Asma Sayyad (Edmonton) • Jasmine Sawant (Mississauga) • Shailja Saxena (Toronto) • Olive Senior (Toronto) • Charles Smith (Toronto)

Musical Recital
Three World Authors

Tololwa Molel (Canada)

Saturday May 16 at Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC

Saturday May 16 7:00-10:00 PM
Tickets $30 / $20 Students and Seniors
Eventbrite - Three World Writers plus Kiran Ahluwalia in Concert

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Map of Area

Friday May 15


School visits by selected authors


3:00- 4:30 p.m.
Combination Room, Trinity College
Enter through 6 Hoskin Ave

Thinking across Regions

Walter Bgoya, Ranjit Hoskote, Ava Homa,
Moderator: Danabang Kuwabong

4:45  – 6:15 p.m.
Combination Room, Trinity College
Enter through 6 Hoskin Ave

 NewTheatre in Canada

Jasmine Sawant (Sawitri Theatre Group), Diana Tso, Rahul Verma (Teesri Duniya Theatre), eyc.

 Moderator: Shailja Saxena,


7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Seeley 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, Terry Watada, etc
Musical recital:

Saturday May 15

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

1 Devonshire Place

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

Growing Diversity, Emerging Media:
Looking at the Future

Charles Smith, Sheniz Janmohamed, Ava Homa, Dawn Promislow, Tasneem Jamal, Sofia Fazlul

Moderator: Anand Mahadevan

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Campbell Room

One World, One English, the Many Languages of the Imagination

(Tamil) Walter Bgoya (Swahili) (Hindi), (Urdu)

Moderator: Arun Prabha Mukherjee

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

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Munk Centre Room 108

Art, Popular Culture, & Aesthetics

Ranjit Hoskote, Olive Senior, etc
Moderator: Walter Bgoya

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Campbell Room

Thinking Locally, Writing Globally

Dannabang Kuwabong, etc

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

Readings: Tololwa Molel, 
Musical Recital or Dance:

Eventbrite - Three World Writers plus Kiran Ahluwalia in Concert

Sunday May 16


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


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

Carnatic Vocal Recital by Kamini Dandapani

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

Worlds Within Canada
A session with 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!

Volunteers are needed to asist with various aspects of the festival, such as airport pick-up and transportation, ushering, attending to international authors, attending at book and food stalls etc.

Please e-mail at christa@fsalatoronto.com