Diaspora Dialogues

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Midwinter Night’s Dream
A Diaspora Dialogues Carnival at Toronto’s WinterCity Festival
“Oh that this too solid flesh would melt” – Hamlet

For two wintry nights, Diaspora Dialogues invites you to a party! But it’s not just any party – it’s A Midwinter Night’s Dream carnival.

As part of the City of Toronto’s WinterCity Festival – Warm Up Series, A Midwinter Night’s Dream will take over the Roof Salon at the Park Hyatt Hotel and transform it into a literary extravaganza.

Come in from the cold to the fiery enchantment of a masked Venetian carnival with storytellers, poets and musical performers, as they deliver one delicious surprise after another!

Visit the Fortune Teller for sage advice gleaned from literature…get your own personal poem written by a Masked Poet…enjoy a drink while listening to readings by Scribes…sit down with the Psychic – if you dare!

Tickets: $20 each
Come to both Thursday and Friday’s shows, and get two tickets for $35!
To purchase, call 416-944-1101 x 277 or e-mail julia@diasporadialogues.com. Hurry before they’re all gone!

Thursday, February 11
Scribes: Sheila Heti • Nalo Hopkinson • Olive Senior
Masked Poet: Stuart Ross
Literary Fortune Teller: Joseph Kertes
Performers: Autorickshaw Trio featuring Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley & Dylan Bell • Sean Dixon
Host: Sasha Van Bon Bon

Friday, February 12
Scribes: Anar Ali • Andrew Pyper • Michelle Wan
Masked Poet: Andrea Thompson
Literary Fortune Teller: Antanas Sileika
Performers: Autorickshaw Trio featuring Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley & Dylan Bell
Host: David Storch

Thursday, February 11th & Friday, February 12th
Early show: 7 pm • Late show: 9 pm
The Roof Salon at the Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road


Anar Ali’s first book, Baby Khaki’s Wings (Penguin), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean), and the Danuta Gleed Literary Prize.

Autorickshaw Trio featuring Suba Sankaran, Ed Hanley & Dylan Bell: Autorickshaw’s music lies on the cultural cutting edge, garnering JUNO nominations, a Canadian Independent Music Award and a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music.

Sean Dixon is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter and banjo player. His second novel, Kip Flynn Has No Heart, will be published next year by Coach House.

Sheila Heti is the author of two books of fiction, The Middle Stories, and Ticknor, and is the co-creator of the popular Trampoline Hall lecture series.

Nalo Hopkinson is the author of Brown Girl in the Ring (a finalist on CBC’s “Canada Reads” in 2008) and Skin Folk (Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic and the World Fantasy Award).

Joseph Kertes’s latest novel, Gratitude, won the 2009 National Jewish Book Award and has just been published in the U.S. with St. Martin’s Press.

Sandy Pool’s first book of poetry, Exploding Into Night, was just released with Guernica Editions in December 2009.

Andrew Pyper’s most recent novel, The Killing Circle, was selected as one of the Best Crime Novels of 2008 by the New York Times.

Stuart Ross is the Fiction & Poetry Editor for This Magazine and Poetry Editor for Toronto’s Mansfield Press. His latest books include Buying Cigarettes for the Dog and Dead Cars in Managua.

Olive Senior is the prize-winning author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction including Summer Lightning (Commonwealth Writers Prize), Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Over the Roofs of the World (finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Award and Cuba’s Casa de la Americas Prize).

Literary critic, writer and bon vivant, Antanas Sileika is Director of the Humber School for Writers. His next novel, Underground, is forthcoming from Thomas Allen in 2011.

David Storch is a director, a teacher, and an actor. He is also a former Artistic Director of the Canadian Stage Company.

Andrea Thompson is one of the most well-known poets in the Canadian spoken word scene. Her debut collection, Eating the Seed, has been featured on reading lists and her spoken word CD, One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award.

Sasha Van Bon Bon is a nationally syndicated sex columnist and the co-artistic director of the Scandelles, a multidisciplinary cabaret theatre company that has been performing in Toronto and Montreal since 2001.

Michelle Wan and her tropical horticulturist husband, Tim, go to France every spring to photograph the wild orchids that grow there and that gave rise to her Death in the Dordogne series of murder mysteries—Deadly Slipper, The Orchid Shroud, A Twist of Orchids and her latest, Kill For An Orchid.

Diaspora Dialogues is supported by Maytree, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, TO Live With Culture, and the Vital Toronto Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation.

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