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LiterASIAN in Toronto

  • 130 Saint George Street Toronto, ON, M5R 2P9 Canada (map)

Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

8049-130 St. George St, Toronto

The University of Toronto and Asian Canadian Writers Workshop are planning a new literary event in Toronto as an extension of the existing Vancouver LiterASIAN Festival. The theme of Toronto's LiterASIAN 2018 is 'Literary Activism' in which we will examine the history, cultural influence, and outcomes of Asian Canadian writers involved in changing the society through their work.

The event will feature two panels discussing the past, present, and future of literary activism along with two food receptions. Honoured guests for our event include Joy Kogawa, Cheuk Kwan, Lynne Kutsukake, Kai Cheng Thom and Shani Mootoo. We look forward to their lively discussions and sharing of ideas.


3 PM - 4 PM: The History of Asian Canadian Literary Activism | A panel discussion on past efforts in Asian Canadian literary activism which has made an impact on society and how it has shaped the modern day literary scene. Guests: Joy Kogawa, Cheuk Kwan, Lynne Kutsukake Moderator: Smaro Kamboureli

4:30 PM - 5 PM: Readings & Reception

5 PM - 6 PM: Asian Canadian Literary Activism in Modern Times and the Influence of the LGBT Community | A panel discussion on what activities are happening now within the Asian Canadian and LGBT community and hopes of changes to come. Guests: Kai Cheng Thom, Shani Mootoo Moderator: Tania Aguila-Way

6 PM - 6:30 PM: Readings & Reception

Earlier Event: October 31
True Stories Told Live - Ghost Stories
Later Event: November 1
Brick Books fall 2018 launch