I’m thrilled to be taking part in my favourite literary festival again! The Festival of Literary Diversity is held in downtown Brampton. Specific event locations below. For tickets and more info, visit their website here.
Saturday, May 4
11:00am - 12:10pm
Join me for a workshop on character creation.
Saturday, May 4
The world is here: Novels navigating love and conflict
Moderated panel with Uzma Jallaludin, Manjushree Thapa, and Josh Scheinart
Sunday, May 5
Peel Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives (PAMA)
Breakfast conversation between Manjushree Thapa and myself.
I will be one of the guest authors at the 8th annual Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat, at the Lodge at Pine Cove in French River, Ontario. I’ll only be there for a couple of nights but this is a 6 day retreat, limited to 25 writers, with guest authors like me and instructors as well. Nature. Culture. Gourmet meals. Gorgeous accommodations. May 3 -8, 2019. Applications are due April 5. More details here.
Note: there is a bursary for young authors (age 35 or younger). APPLY!
I’m giving a key note address at the Canadian Evaluation Society’s 40th annual conference in Halifax. I’ll be speaking about books as bridges to empathy. There will be books for sale and I’ll be signing them afterward. More info here.
Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street
I’ll be taking part in three events at the Growing Room Festival in Vancouver.
Sunday, March 10
Kinship Bonds: The Love that Holds
Red Gate Revue Stage, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Panelists: Sharon Bala, Jessica Johns, Arielle Twist, Katherena Vermette
Moderator: Amber Dawn
Body & Soul
Native Education College, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Readers: Sharon Bala, Meharoona Ghani, Amanda Leduc, Betsy Warland
Host: Susan Scott
Monday, March 11
Red Gate Revue Stage, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Panelists: Sharon Bala, Whitney French, Sara Graefe, Arielle Twist
Moderator: Maureen Medved
I’ll be speaking and reading a little from The Boat People at the The Central Okanagan Refugee Committee’s Scrabble Tournament. This is a fundraiser that supports the Committee’s private sponsorship program. Funds raised will help the Committee sponsor two refugees who are part of the LGBTQ community, two family reunifications, and a family escaping persecution in Yemen. This is such a wonderful cause and I’m honoured to take part.
First United Church
Friday, March 8
7pm to 9pm
For more information or to register for the event, call 778-754-1669 or email email@example.com.
The Torbay Public Library Book Club is reading The Boat People and I’ll taking questions and chatting with readers at their event on Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm. This is a free event. More information on their Facebook page here.
1339C Torbay Road
Free, no registration required
Provost's Conversation Series
University of Minnesota
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
300 Washington Avenue SE
I’ll be giving a keynote speech on borders, belonging, and the lessons of history at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater at the University of Minnesota. This event is part of the Provost’s Conversation Series, a semester-long speakers series that uses literature and conversation to examine the complexities of immigration.
There will be books for sale and I’ll signing copies of The Boat People after the talk.
245 Duckworth Street
St. John’s, NL
7:30pm - 9:00pm
This is my LAST event of the year and I’m so thrilled to share it with members of my writing group, The Port Authority. Four of us have published novels in the past 12 months and we’re going to be reading a bit from each of our books and as a bonus one of us will also be reading from our short story collection, Racket. Along with me and my book, the other authors will be:
Melissa Barbeau (The Luminous Sea)
Jamie Fitzpatrick (The End of Music)
Carrie Ivardi (Racket)
Susan Sinnott (Catching the Light)
I'm taking part in Read for the Cure, a fundraiser for the Cancer Research Society. I'll be one of three authors in attendance, along with Wayne Johnston and Colm Tóibín. The event take place at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. Full details on the event website.
Friday, November 2
The CIGI Campus in the CIGI Auditorium
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo ON
I'm on stage with Rawi Hage and Jael Richardson. Tickets are $10 and you can buy them here.
Writer's Craft Class
Saturday, November 3
11:10am - 12:30pm
I'm teaching a workshop on character. Tickets are $20 and you can save your spot here.
All events will be held at the Gaelic College, at the beginning of the St. Ann’s Bay loop of the Cabot Trail—the Artisans’ Loop.
Opening Night Readings
Friday, September 28
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m
I'm reading with Linda Spalding and Madeleine Thien after the break at 8:50pm
Saturday, September 29
11am - 12:30pm
I'm running a workshop on character (my favourite topic): how you create them and how you give life to them on the page
The Spark: Where Ideas Begin
Saturday, September 29
I'm in conversation with Phonse Jessome and Joanne Schwartz
Writing History: Confronting and Imagining the Past in Fiction
Sunday, September 30
I'm in conversation with Linda Spalding and Madeleine Thien
Saturday, September 22
Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre, Toronto
I'll be in conversation with Catherine Hernandez, author of the novel Scarborough.
Audible Presents Great Books
Sunday, September 23
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
I'll be reading and answering questions about The Boat People
All information about the festival is on their website.
Sunday, September 9
Village of Eden Mills
I'm reading with Kim Thuy and Dr. Brian Goldman. The full reading schedule is here.
Advance tickets are $20 (students $10) or you can pay $25 at the gate (students $15). Free for kids under 14.
I'll be taking part in the Voices of Canada Reads Panel at Winterset in Summer, one of my favourite literary festivals. I'll be on stage with Omar El Akkad, author of American War, and moderator Noreen Golfman. Join us at the Beaches Heritage Centre in Eastport, NL. Tickets go on sale in April.
Newfoundland is the coolest! We have a performance series at a bird sanctuary that pairs writers with musicians for an intimate night of entertainment. I was thrilled to be invited to take part this year. Tickets available at the door only.
Saturday, July 28
8pm (doors open: 7:30pm)
Interpretation Centre at Cape St. Mary's, NL
More info on their website
So pleased to be on stage once again with Djamila Ibrahim, this time in Ottawa. We'll be part of a session called "Borders and Belonging" along with Arif Anwar and hosted by Ferrukh Faruqui.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks Streeet, Ottawa
More info and tickets here.
55 Bethune Street, New York
Buy tickets here
The artist-residents of this New York cultural institution open their homes and workspaces for intimate salon-style readings and conversations with authors from the PEN World Voices Literary Festival, followed by cocktails in their legendary gallery. I'll be reading at this super cool event along with authors: Nachoem Wijnberg, Rupert Thomson, Ashley Hay, Susan Kuklin, Basma Abdel Aziz, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Sharon Bala, Demian Vitanza, Alicia Kopf, Hadi Nasiri, Kanchana Ugbabe, Ayse Kulin, Mariko Tamaki and Leni Zumas.
I'm going back to where it all began, to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21/ Quai 21. I'll be giving a talk about the book. A Q&A and book signing will follow. The event is free and you can register and get more details on Eventbrite.
Date: Wednesday, April 4
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Kenneth C. Rowe Hall
Language: Presented in English
I'll be at the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street, Lice MacKay Room) reading from my book and answering questions along with three other authors. This is a free event but registration is required. You can RSVP and find out more about the event here.
CBC's Canada Reads and Weekend AM are hosting a free event at the Association for New Canadians in St. John's, NL. I'll be on stage doing a reading and in conversation with CBC's Heather Barrett and there will be other people sharing their own arrival stories as well. Also: food and live music! The event is being recorded and will be broadcast on Weekend Arts Magazine.
Location: The Association for New Canadians Training Centre
19 Smithville Crescent
Parking: There's a lot in front of St. Pius IX church/ behind Rennie's River Elementary school. From there you take the outdoor stairs which are located the side of the building closest to St. Patrick's Mercy Home. These stairs are the ones that are further from St. Pius IX church. The event will be around the back of the building.