This Saturday, Pride Toronto has teamed up with The Word On The Street for the second annual Proud Voices Reading Series. It’s a talent-packed day-long celebration of queer writers, showcasing the best of Canada’s literary skill by bringing both established veterans and emerging authors to the James Canning Gardens Stage (Gloucester and Dundonald).
The series starts at 3:00 p.m. and features back-to-back readings by a variety of authors, including the award-winning Ivan E. Coyote, celebrated graphic novelist Mariko Tamaki (pictured), and local fave R.M. Vaughan. Montreal’s break-out short story scribe Neil Smith will also make an appearance, along with Canada Reads 2008 nominee Nalo Hopkinson.
If that weren’t enough talent for one day, also part of the schedule is a conversation with Zoe Whittall, recipient of the second annual Dayne Ogilvie Grant. She’ll be receiving the award, administered by the Writer’s Trust of Canada, at 6:00 p.m. On Whittall’s talent, one of the jurors stated that “(her) writing is smart, edgy, and clear-eyed. She paints a scene beautifully, slows it down to its essence, and yet keeps the novel’s momentum moving forward. Definitely a writer to watch!”
Photo of Mariko Tamaki courtesy of Groundwood Books.