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About the Facilitator:

 

Rachel Rosen has worked in the publishing industry as a graphic designer, editor, workshop designer, ghostwriter and manuscript evaluator. Her upcoming book Cascade will be released in Spring 2022.

February 13th, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Changing the Way Housing Can Work

Alex Bozikovic unpacks the housing affordability crisis and offers innovative ideas for creating housing for all ages and demographic groups, posing tough questions about the issues that will make or break our communities. 

House Divided was shortlisted for the Speaker’s Book Award of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Alex has also written for journals including AzureArchitect, Architectural RecordDwell, Frame, Landscape Architecture Magazine, and Spacing. 

January 27th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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An Evening with George Elliott Clarke: Where Beauty Survived

George Elliott Clarke is an internationally-renowned poet, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, librettist and scholar. His books have won many honours, including the Governor General Literary Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2008 and served as Canada’s 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

February 3rd, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Superstar Summer Storytellers Series: Meet Jess Keating, Aron Nels Steinke and Katy Farina

The Superstar Storytellers Summer Series! Presented by the public libraries of Durham and York Regions. Join us this summer for four spectacular virtual children’s author visits.

August 17, 7:00-8:00: Meet Jess Keating, Aron Nels Steinke and Katy Farina

Registration opens: August 3, 9:00 am.

Meet Jess Keating, Aron Nels Steinke and Katy Farina

August 17th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Superstar Summer Storytellers Series: Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon

The Superstar Storytellers Summer Series! Presented by the public libraries of Durham and York Regions. Join us this summer for four spectacular virtual children’s author visits.

August 3, 7:00-8:00: Meet Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon!

Registration opens: July 20, 9:00 am.

August 3rd, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Super Summer Storytellers Series: Vicky Fang and Tracey West

The Superstar Storytellers Summer Series! Presented by the public libraries of Durham and York Regions. Join us this summer for four spectacular virtual children’s author visits.

July 20, 4:30-5:30: Meet Tracey West and Vicky Fang 

Registration opens: July 6, 9:00 am.

July 20th, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Meet Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario. Self-described as a contemporary story teller, his exploration of the storytelling tradition has explored many boundaries. Drew has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts.

October 23rd, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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An Evening with Anna Yin

Conversation l Reading l Q&A

In English and Mandarin

Co-facilitated by journalist and poet, Yafang Shi

Award-winning poet, Anna Yin, was born in China and immigrated to Canada in 1999. She served as Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate and was Ontario’s representative to the League of Canadian Poets. Her poems/translations have appeared in the New York Times, China Daily and CBC Radio. Mirrors and Windows is her 6th book of poetry (her second book of poetry translations).

September 30th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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An Evening With Farzana Doctor

Farzana Doctor is a critically acclaimed writer, activist and psychotherapist. Of Indian ancestry, she was born in Zambia before immigrating to Canada in 1971. Farzana’s latest novel, Seven, is a brave, richly layered narrative about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between kinship and the fight against customs that harm us.

“The feminist novel of the year.” Susan G. Cole, Now Magazine

June 3rd, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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