Brockton Writers Series 14.03.18

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 6:30pm

Brockton Writers Series presents readings by

Sonia Di Placido
Alicia Elliott
Crystal Mars
Anar Ali

with special guest speaker

Farzana Doctor

Glad Day Bookshop

499 Church Street, Toronto

The reading is PWYC (suggested $3-$5) and features a Q&A with the writers afterward. Books and refreshments are available for sale.

The venue is accessible. Please refrain from wearing scents.

Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.


And to the Canada Council for the Arts for travel funding!



How to Mindfully Address Your Inner Critic (so that you can get back to your writing).


Farzana Doctor is the award-winning author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement and All Inclusive. She has just finished a fourth called Four Wives. Her claim to fame was that she was Voted Best Author in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Best of Toronto Readers’ Choice Poll, beating Margaret Atwood. She co-founded the Brockton Writers Series and has been its curator and co-host for the last eight years. Click here to learn more.




Headshot Sonia Di Placido

Sonia Di Placido is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, The Writer’s Union of Canada, The Canadian Women in The Literary Arts and The Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. An Associate Editor of Juniper Poetry Magazine, she has poems published by Carousel, Puritan, The White Wall Review, Jacket2, Canthius, The California Journal of Women Writers, and Juniper. In September 2016, she was part of the China Writers Association International Writer’s Residency for the cities of Tianjin, Binhai, and Beijing. Sonia teaches English as a Second Language with LINC Ontario part-time. Her first book Exaltation in Cadmium Red was published by Guernica Editions in 2012. FLESH is her second full-length book of poetry.



Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario with her husband and child. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Macleans, Globe and Mail and many others. Her essay “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won Gold at the National Magazine Awards and has been selected to be published in Best Canadian Essays 2017. She has most recently been named the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC. Her book of essays, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, is forthcoming from Doubleday Canada in Spring 2019.



Crystal Mars

Crystal Mars is an artist based in Toronto. She holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design and has exhibited in Canada and the United States. Her work explores desire, trauma, transformation, power, and memory through visual arts and literature. Read more here.





anar headshot

Anar Ali’s first book, Baby Khaki’s Wings, a collection of short stories, was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Best First Book), Ontario’s Trillium Book Award, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her debut novel, The Night of Power, is forthcoming from Penguin. Ali is a recent graduate of the Canadian Film Centre and has a 1-hour TV family drama series in development with the CBC. She currently splits her time between Toronto and Mexico.


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