Sessions

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From Jamaica: Fruishon

When things come together so beautifully that one cannot imagine a world without it, a word adopted by Rastafarians wisdom speakers comes to mind, "fruition”, or better still, "fru-i-shon". Calabash has become, by its existence and its persistence,…
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Soundtracks & Stanzas: Changing Canada's Black Future

Whether it be poetry written for the page, the silver screen, the poetry slam or the melody, every poet plays with language to reveal the inexpressible. The Toronto International Festival of Authors and JAYU present the new generation of Canadian…
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Books, magazines, and pirate stores: writing and activism in California and beyond

From the Beat poets of the 1950s to Summer of Love musicians and Silicon Valley innovators, California's San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for bold and often irreverent pioneers. The region’s contemporary literary scene is no exception. Once…
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Get Me Out of Here: A Swedish Kafka Comes to Berkeley

“The daily grind got you down? Escape into this Swedish dark comedy about a scaldingly contemptuous office drone who discovers a secret room in his workplace," says O, the Oprah Magazine, about Karlsson's novel The Room. Publishers Weekly…
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Freedom to Write, Perchance to Dream

In 2014, Colm Tóibín, author of Nora Webster, The Master, Brooklyn, and many other books, delivered the Arthur Miller “Freedom to Write” address that caps each year’s PEN World Voices Festival. Chancellor Dirks leads a university that…
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The Many Faces of Fantasy

Epic or urban, contemporary or historical, fantasy fiction now attracts a diverse audience of enthusiastic readers around the world. How do writers mix myth, magic, and popular culture to address eternal truths and new possibilities? &nb…
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Disruptors: Writing for Social Change

In business, disruption speaks to radical change. Similarly, literary disruptors are those writers whose words and ideas spark radical reactions and create game-changing conversations. In this panel, four change-makers come together in conversation…
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Daniel Clowes: Patience

Daniel Clowes is a celebrated graphic novelist (Ghost World, Wilson, David Boring), Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, and frequent cover artist for The New Yorker. He has won Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards, the laurels of the graphic…
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Be the Revolution: Mona Eltahawy interviewed by Chinaka Hodge

Assaulted after Tahrir Square, Egyptian feminist and journalist Mona Eltahawy comes to us from Cairo with a call for revolution. That call is not merely for liberation for women in the Middle East—though Eltahaway articulates that—but for…
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The Art of Tough

Sometimes lauded, sometimes vilified, but always standing tough, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer has fought for her convictions even when they have conflicted with her party or the majority rule. Here to launch her new memoir, The Art of Tough, with…