On November 30, 2018, I flew to Ottawa to participate in the TOK Magazine's Ottawa Two Day Symposium. That day, I attended a session on finding an agent and getting published and then later a meet and greet. On December 1, 2018, I appeared on a panel called Writing the Future: Kidlit and Young Adult which gave a diverse cross-border/US-Canada perspective on our experiences in children’s and young adult literature and the publishing industry. What a rare opportunity to speak with my colleagues south of the border about #kidlit and #yalit but it was a necessary conversation. I am so honoured and blessed to have shared the stage with such talented individuals. Hosting is Idil Mussa of CBC Ottawa. On the panel were Carolyn Forde agent of Westwood Creatives, Jen Knoch senior editor at ECW Press, and US young adult fantasy authors Zoraida Córdova of the Brujas series, L.L. McKinney of A Blade So Black, and Tochi Onyebuchi of Beasts Made of Night. Thanks to Diaspora Dialogues for inviting me to participate and organising this amazing event. Thanks to Idil and CBC Books for covering this event. The podcast should be up soon. This event took place at the Ottawa Public Library main branch. Last time I was at this library, I was conducting research for my final paper for an online course on multicultural children's literature in undergrad 15+ years ago. Now I'll be on a panel discussing it. Also, I screened the opening night film for ICED IN BLACK, a Black Canadian touring film festival I founded in 2001, at this library too. Full circle!!! The podcast should be available soon and will post it here when it does. Photo credits: Christian Sharpe of Diaspora Dialogues, Nadia L. Hohn (me)
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