Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Breakwater Books Spring Launch

Johnson GEO CENTRE
175 Signal Hill Rd
St. John’s, Newfoundland


To celebrate the arrival of warm weather, new books, and the Atlantic Book Awards, Breakwater Books presents an evening of great literature, featuring readings by Breakwater authors Terry Doyle, Susie Taylor, and Kevin Major, and Atlantic Book Award shortlisted authors Sharon Bala, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, and Mark Critch. Shortlisted authors Christine LeGrow and Shirley Anne Scott, of Saltwater Mittens fame, will also be on hand with a display of Newfoundland knitwear and knowledge.

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Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Coast to Coast Literary Series

I’ll be taking part in the Coast to Coast Literary Series in Niagara on the Lake this year. This series features female authors from across the country and this year I’ll be a featured author on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. This is a casual event - wine, cheese, and a 45-minute talk by yours truly. More info here.

Queenston Chapel
Laura Secord Homestead
Niagara Falls, Ontario

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May
4
to May 5

The Festival of Literary Diversity

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
Rose Theatre
Join me for a workshop on character creation.

Saturday, May 4
1:30pm- 2:40pm
Rose Theatre
The world is here: Novels navigating love and conflict
Moderated panel with Uzma Jallaludin, Manjushree Thapa, and Josh Scheinart

Sunday, May 5
9:30am-11:00am
Peel Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives (PAMA)
Breakfast conversation between Manjushree Thapa and myself.

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Mar
10
to Mar 11

Growing Room Festival

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
Invisible Womxn
Red Gate Revue Stage, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Panelists: Sharon Bala, Whitney French, Sara Graefe, Arielle Twist
Moderator: Maureen Medved

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Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Scrabble Fundraiser

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
Kelowna, BC
Friday, March 8
7pm to 9pm

For more information or to register for the event, call 778-754-1669 or email jodine.ducs@gmail.com.

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Feb
14
2:00 PM14:00

Provost's Conversation Series

Provost's Conversation Series
University of Minnesota
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
300 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN

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.

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Dec
4
7:30 PM19:30

The Port Authority at Broken Books

Broken Books
245 Duckworth Street
St. John’s, NL
7:30pm - 9:00pm
FREE

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)

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Sep
28
to Sep 30

Cabot Trail Writer's Festival

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

Fiction Workshop
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
3:15pm-4:15pm
I'm in conversation with Phonse Jessome and Joanne Schwartz

Writing History: Confronting and Imagining the Past in Fiction
Sunday, September 30
10:50am-11:15am
I'm in conversation with Linda Spalding and Madeleine Thien

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Sep
22
to Sep 23

Word on the Street Toronto

Conversations+
Saturday, September 22
Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre, Toronto
1:30-2:30
I'll be in conversation with Catherine Hernandez, author of the novel Scarborough.

Audible Presents Great Books
Sunday, September 23
12:15pm-12;45pm
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
I'll be reading and answering questions about The Boat People

All information about the festival is on their website.

 

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Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Literary Quest: Westbeth Edition

Westbeth Gallery
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.

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