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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts - Fsala-15

The fourth edition of FSALA – the Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts will bring together more than 40 writers and musicians from across the world, and Canada to Toronto from Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17.

The three-day festival of readings, seminars, music and dance has become a much-awaited and anticipated fixture on the literary calendar of Toronto. The festival celebrates world literature like nowhere else, and for the fourth edition, will have participants from Canada, India, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Trinidad, Tanzania, Philippines, and the United States.

A new feature in this year’s festival is the inclusion of the East Asian panel on the program, and a writing workshop. Among the international authors expected to participate are Anar (Sri Lanka), Walter Bgoya (Tanzania), Ajmal Kamal (Pakistan), Dannabang Kuwabong (Puerto Rico/Ghana/Canada), Perumal Murugan (India, withdrawn), Harish Narang (India), Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad/USA), and Jose Dalisay (Philippines).

Canadian authors and moderators include Shauna Singh Baldwin (Milwaukee), Gurdev Chauhan (Trenton), Cheran (Windsor), Denise Chong (Vancouver), Jawaid Danish (Toronto), Safia Fazlul (Toronto), C Fong Hsiung, Tasneem Jamal (Kitchener), Sang Kim (Toronto), Anand Mahadevan (Toronto), Kagiso Molope (Ottawa), Tololwa Mollel (Edmonton), Narendra Pachkhede (Mississauga), Dawn Promislow (Toronto), Asma Sayed (Edmonton), Jasmine Sawant (Mississauga), Shailja Saksena (Toronto), Munir Saami (Mississauga), Olive Senior (Toronto), Charles Smith (Toronto), Nasim Syed (Toronto), Madeleine Thien (Vancouver), Rahul Verma (Montreal), Terry Watada (Toronto).

The musical interludes include Kamini Dandapani (New York), and Tichaona Maredza (Toronto). On Saturday May 15 evening, the festival will feature The Book of Sandalwood dance performance by InDance with Hari Krishnan. The program to be held at the Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC, Toronto, will also feature readings by three world authors: Tololwa Mollel (Canada/Tanzania), Jose Dalisay (Philippines), and Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad/USA). Admission to all the events is free except for the Saturday night event. It is advisable but not essential to pre-register.

Olivia Chow, the Toronto-based diversity champion, will give the keynote inaugural address on Friday May 15.

Saturday May 16, 2015 program
Buy tickets here: Fsala-15-Saturday

For the full program, please see the festival website. Fsala-15

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