Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – 6:30pm
Brockton Writers Series presents readings by:
Special note: As we adapt to current social distancing regulations, we’re happy to announce our event will be hosted on the Brockton Writers Series YouTube channel! Please log in at 6:30.
The reading is PWYC (suggested $3-$5) and features a Q&A with the writers afterward. Books are available for sale.
If you’d like to donate, please do so here.
Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.
“Writing Kidlit in a Nutshell”
Nadia L. Hohn is an award-winning author, educator, and artivist who advocates for diversity in children and young adult literature. Nadia is the author of the Malaika Series: Malaika’s Surprise (2021), Malaika’s Winter Carnival (2017), and Malaika’s Costume (2016) illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, published by Groundwood Books. Malaika’s Costume was selected as the 2021 TD Book Giveaway title which means that over 550, 000 children across Canada will receive a copy. Nadia is also the author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter (HarperKids, 2018), A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett-Coverley Found Her Voice (Owlkids, 2019), and Music and Media in the Sankofa Series (Rubicon Publishing, 2015). Her upcoming work includes a picture book and anthology in 2023 as well as a picture book in 2024. Currently, she is working on middle grade and young adult novels and plays.
Nadia holds a degree in honours psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Nadia is completing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. She was an inaugural teacher at Canada’s first publicly-funded Africentric school and has been an elementary school teacher for 18 years. She is a professor of writing for children at post-secondary institutions and has presented across Canada, the US, and the world.
Jessica Westhead is the author of the novel Pulpy & Midge and the story collections Things Not to Do and And Also Sharks, finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her latest novel, Worry, was a CBC Books Best Book of the Year and longlisted for CBC Canada Reads.
Becky Blake is two-time winner of the CBC Literary Prize and her stories and essays have appeared in publications across Canada. Her debut novel, Proof I Was Here, was published by Wolsak & Wynn in 2019. She is currently working on a second novel and a memoir-in-essays.
Jane Woods was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She grew up in Montreal and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She has worked extensively as a voice actor and a translator. She lives in Toronto.
Hollay Ghadery is a multi-genre writer living in Ontario on Anishinaabe land. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and her work has appeared in literary journals throughout North America. Fuse, her memoir of mixed-race identity and mental illness, was released by Guernica in 2021.