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Friday, July 24, 2009

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Malvern’s triple sensations: Young writers celebrate their fiction, poetry and graphic novel writing

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Six celebrated local writers present brand-new Gothic stories

Toronto the good? Not quite. In six brand-new deliciously dreadful tales, some of our best local writers lead us into the darker corners of our fair city. Come along – if you dare…

Diaspora Dialogues and Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity are pleased to present Cherie Dimaline, Nalo Hopkinson, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Andrew Pyper, Tasleem Thawar and Michelle Wan at the Music Gallery on Wednesday June 10 at 7:30 pm, reading the creepy stories they’ve created just for us. Hosted by Rue Morgue’s Liisa Ladouceur.

These tales have been collected in a very special limited-run chapbook, Gothic Toronto: Writing the City Macabre, available for purchase at the reading.

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Diaspora Dialogues – Friday Nights

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 29: Friday Nights with Diaspora Dialogues

Our Friday Nights series brings you an eclectic sampling of some of our best writers and performers – for free!

Don’t miss this final night of our popular and jam-packed series with the Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading festival. Featuring readings by Antanas Sileika (Underground), Jacob McArthur Mooney (Folk), Adebe DeRango Adem (Ex Nihilio) and emerging writer Joyce Wayne; spoken word by Angelica LeMinh; and a short reading from Rebecca Applebaum’s play Complex. Hosted by Dalton Higgins.

WHAT: Friday Nights with Diaspora Dialogues (part of Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading)
WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2011, at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Toronto Reference Library, Atrium – 789 Yonge Street (Yonge & Bloor)
COST: Free
CONTACT: Aisling Riordan – or 416-944-1101 x 363


Rebecca Applebaum is a playwright, actor, and musician and was born and bred in Toronto. She earned her M.A. in English from U of T and was a member of fu-GEN Theatre’s seventh Kitchen Playwriting Unit. As an actor, Applebaum works in theatre, film, and television. Recent stage work includes paper SERIES (Cahoots Theatre Company), Harriet’s House (Gailey Road Productions), Project ACT (Mixed Company Theatre), and The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination (Birdtown and Swanville/ Harbourfront HATCH). She also co-wrote and co-starred in the Next Stage Theatre Festival hit, Don’t Look, and was a member of the 2011 Acting Ensemble for the Women in the Director’s Chair program at the Banff Centre. Applebaum has also worked as a facilitator in theatre for social change with Mixed Company Theatre and Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People and was a member of the indie pop band Europe in Colour.

Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer whose words travel between Toronto and New York. Her work has been published in various North American sources, such as The Claremont Review, Canadian Literature, CV2, and Descant. Her debut poetry collection, Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010) was one of ten manuscripts chosen in honour of Frontenac House’s Dektet 2010 competition, using a blind selection process by a jury of leading Canadian writers: Bill Bissett, George Elliott Clarke, and Alice Major. Ex Nihilo was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under 30. She is also the co-editor, alongside Andrea Thompson, of Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out.

Dalton Higgins’ fourth book Fatherhood 4.0: iDad Applications Across Cultures dissects fatherhood through the lens of hip-hop, popular culture, and multiculturalism. A print journalist who’s penned National Magazine Award-winning features, Higgins spends some of his nights and weekends trolling the web for inspiration (when he’s not fielding a zillion public school level questions from his two seedlings, Solomon and Shiloh) and recently was one of 30 Torontonians blogging for the Toronto Star about ways to make the city more liveable.

Angelica LeMinh is an analog girl in a digital world. She’s been an old lady since she was eight, when the folks at the post office used to cower at the sight of her coming to complain about rising stamp prices. It’s because of a book that she learned compassion for the first time, and to date, she still does everything in her power to read and write. She is ecstatic to contribute “The Hip Hop Reading Rainbow”, a book column for Pound Magazine. Her empire bites back at

Jacob McArthur Mooney is a Nova Scotian now living in Mississauga, Ontario. He is an editor with the always controversial web journal and the founder of The Facebook Review. A graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, he is currently an MFA student at the University of Guelph. His work has been widely published, and in 2006 he was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award in Poetry. The New Layman’s Almanac is his first book.

Antanas Sileika is the author of two novels and one collection of linked short stories, Buying On Time, which was nominated for both the City of Toronto Book Award and the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. His last novel, Woman in Bronze, was a Globe and Mail Best Book selection. He lives in Toronto, where he is the director for the Humber School for Writers.

Joyce Wayne has just completed her first novel, a historical thriller entitled The Cook’s Temptation. Now she is writing stories, such as the one in TOK 6, about Jewish immigrants in the 1940s and how their sympathies were divided between the old country and Canada. Shortly, she intends to begin a novel about Russian spies operating in Canada at the dawn of the Cold War. Joyce teaches journalism at Sheridan College where she is the head of the Media for Global Professionals program. She sits on the Board of Directors of the college and is a member of the board of the Oakville Arts Council. In the past, Joyce worked as a staff writer at Quill & Quire and as an editor at various Canadian publishing companies.

Diaspora Dialogues is supported by Maytree, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, RBC Foundation, and TD Bank Group.

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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 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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