07:00 PM| Central - 405 Dundas Street W. Meeting Room 1
An Evening with Farzana Doctor!
Farzana Doctor is a writer, activist, and psychotherapist. Her ancestry is Indian, and she was born in Zambia while her family was based there for five years, before immigrating to Canada in 1971. Farzana grew up and went to school right here in Whitby, ON, she attended the Quest Public school for a couple years before moving for her high school years. Her work reflects her time growing up in smalltown Canada and has a unique perspective of our beautiful town.
Seven by Farzana Doctor (2020)
A rich, soulfully written novel about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between modern and traditional customs.
When Sharifa accompanies her husband on a marriage-saving trip to India, she thinks that she's going to research her great-great-grandfather, a wealthy business leader and philanthropist. What captures her imagination is not his rags-to-riches story, but the mystery of his four wives, missing from the family lore. She ends up excavating much more than she had imagined.
You Still Look The Same by Farzana Doctor (May 2022)
This debut poetry collection from acclaimed novelist Farzana Doctor (Seven) is both an intimate deep dive and a humorous glance at the tumultuous decade of her forties. Through crisp and vivid language, Doctor explores mid-life breakups and dating, female genital cutting, imprints of racism and misogyny, and the oddness of sex and love, and urges us to take a second look at the ways in which human relationships are never what we expect them to be.
Books will be available for purchase from Blue Heron Books at this event. Both authors will be signing at the end of the event.
This is a registered event, to register visit the program event page here.
This program will be offered in-person at our Central Library.
07:00 PM| The Robert McLaughlin Gallery 72 Queen St. Civic Centre Oshawa, ON
Join us for an evening with Black Lit Durham and Desarae Dee!
The night will also include 2 short films presented by Durham Region International Film Festival!
Headlining the event is Desarae Dee, a Canadian Instrumental Fusion Artist, Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer who has made significant waves in the Canadian music industry with her unique and unconventional playing style since 2014. Known as “Toronto’s Queen of Vibes,” her passionate and meaningful sound combines a unique mixture of faith, soul, vulnerability and divine balance.
Featured artists for the evening include:
Greg Frankson, also known as Ritallin, is an award-winning literary artist, writer, and speaker. He edited and contributed to the critically acclaimed AfriCANthology: Perspectives of Black Canadian Poets, appears in five literary anthologies, and published four poetry collections.
Judith Shaw is a poet and a member of the Durham Storytellers. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised by her Grandma Wawa, she is the author of the children’s book “My Grandmother Said Art Is Everywhere”.
Asante Haughton is a national award-winning mental health advocate, peer worker, poet, thinker, and two-time TEDx speaker. His belief in people, global inter-connectivity, and positive personal change led him to being recognized by CAMH as one of the top 150 Difference Makers in mental health in Canada.
Shakkoi aka Need Some Koi is a multi talented creative excelling in dance instruction and spoken word poetry. Floetry Fitness, her business that creates spaces for movement and poetry, has been seen on Breakfast Television’s "Movin in the Mornings", Nia Centre, Black Women in Motion and the City of Pickering.
Learn more about Black Lit Durham: Black Canadian Literature - BlackLit Durham
07:45 PM| 95 Magill Dr Ajax, ON Canada L1T 3K7
It is punjabi women cultural festival and event. close group, They will play with colors and perform their cultural dance gidha, bhangra and jhoomar, and dinner afterwards