11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Spanning race, class and identity, Adnan Khan and Téa Mutonji have written pieces about young characters merely existing, trying and the trouble it comes with. Moderated by: Catherine Hernandez
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Against the odds, these young female protagonists fight a history echoing through their present. With strength and power, Lilian Nattel and Valentina Gal build worlds for their characters to rise above expectations and flourish.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Stephanie Cooke, Jason Loo, and Andrew Stevenson discuss comic artistry in Toronto with moderator Ardo Omer.
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
There are always individuals with powerful desire, a need to control, and who must wrestle the subsequent consequences. Adam Foulds and Lynn Coady explore these types of characters in these chilling tales.
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Young characters struggling with their own sense of identity while managing the identities of those around them. Experiences of betrayal, gender identity, and caring for parents as children inform Brian Francis and Heather Smith’s characters.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Moderated by Naben Ruthnum
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
In these debut collections from Zalika Reid-Benta and Derek Mascarenhas, both writers craft a series of beautiful short stories about familial relationships, intergenerational trauma, being racially othered, and trying to exist in a way that makes sense.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Surreal situations of bodily anxiety, internal threats, external pressure. Andrew Kaufman and Andrew Wilmot take the readers along for a visceral rollercoaster ride.