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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts 2013 - May 3-5 2013

3 days of readings, seminars, music and dance

FSALA is a Canadian arts festival with a difference, promoting writers from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, and those not writing in English, who are major figures in their own countries though not always known to the global "mainstream."

FSALA also invites many Canadian writers to the Festival, as well as musicians and other artists. In the past we have had dramatists Girish Karnad and Mahesh Dattani from India, novelist Bapsi Sidhwa from Pakistan/USA, and classical dancer Hari Krishnan from Canada. Important features of FSALA are panel discussions on various aspects of the arts, and opportunities for members of the public to meet the artists.

In 2011 we celebrated anniversaries of Rabindranath Tagore and Faiz Ahmad Faiz. The keynote address was by Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada and a writer. For FSALA13, more than 25 Canadian writers and musicians will be present. 
Admission is free except for the Saturday concert. It is advisable but not essential to pre-register.


Amit Chaudhuri (India)
Selina Hossain (Bangladesh)
Oonya Kempadoo (Grenada)
Dannabang Kuwabong (Puerto Rico/Ghana)
Sharankumar Limbale (India)
Harish Narang (India)
Sarmad Sehbai (Pakistan)
Valerie Joan Tagwira (Zimbabwe)
Prasanna Vithanage (Sri Lanka)


Sadhu Binning (Vancouver)
Randy Boyagoda (Toronto)
Christian Campbell (Toronto)
Cheran (Windsor)
George Elliott Clarke (Toronto)
Madeline Coopsammy (Winnipeg)
Tahir Aslam Gora (Burlington) 
Anosh Irani (Vancouver)
Arnold Itwaru (Toronto)
Tasneem Jamal (Kitchener)
Pamela Mordecai (Kitchener)
Michelle Muir (Toronto) 
Rasheed Nadeem (Toronto)
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Toronto)
Munir Pervaiz (Mississauga)
H Nigel Thomas (Montreal)

(Subject to minor changes)

Friday May 3


School visits by selected authors


Session 1: 3:00- 4:00 p.m.
Campbell Room
Panel discussion: Thinking across Regions
Valerie Joan Tagwira, Selina Hossein, Dannabang Kuwabong, Oonya Kempadoo

Session 2: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Campbell Room
Lecture: Amit Chaudhuri
Moderator: Sundhya Walther

7:00-10:00 pm
Seeley Hall, Trinity College, University of Toronto

Introduction and Welcome
Keynote Address: Professor Deep Saini, Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga
Readings: Anosh Irani, Christian Campbell, Pamela Mordecai
Musical recital

Saturday May 4

Session 4
10:00 am – 12 noon
Munk 108
Growing Diversity, Emerging Media:
Looking at the Future
Readings & Discussion
Tasneem Jamal, Sheniz Janmohamed, Randy Boyagoda, Anand Mahadevan
Moderator: Donna Bailey Nurse

Session 5
10:00 am– 12 noon
Campbell Room
One World, One English, the Many Languages of the Imagination
Readings & Discussion
Sadhu Binning (Punjabi) Cheran (Tamil) Sharankumar Limbale (Marathi), Sarmad Sehbai (Urdu)
Moderator: Arun Prabha Mukherjee

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Campbell Lounge/ Munk 208

Session 6:
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Munk 108
Art, Popular Culture, & Aesthetics
Readings and Discussion
Oonya Kempadoo, Michelle Muir, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Madeline Coopsammy
Moderator: Mariam Pirbhai

Session 7: 
1:30 - 3:30pm
Campbell Room
Thinking Locally, Writing Globally
Readings & Discussion
Christian Campbell, Dannabang Kuwabong, Arnold Itwaru, H Nigel Thomas

3:30- - 4:00 pm

Session 9:
7:00 – 9:30 pm 
Al Green Theatre

Valerie Joan Tagwira, George Elliott Clarke, Amit Chaudhuri

Musical Recital:  
Kiran Ahluwalia & Co

Sunday May 5

Session 10: 
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Campbell Room, Trinity College
Worlds Within Canada
A session with Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu writers of Canada
Moderator: Harish Narang

1:40 - 2:00
Musical Recital
Kamini Dandapani

Session 11 
2:15 – 4:15 pm 
Campbell Room, Trinity College
Prasanna Vithanage (Movie/Discussion)

Buy tickets to Kiran Alhuwalia's concert and readings on Saturday May 4 evening, click here: FSALA-13 tickets

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