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FOLD launches new kidlit event to be held this fall

The Festival of Literary Diversity’s founder Jael Richardson (Arden Wray)

Following three successful years, The Festival of Literary Diversity is launching a spinoff event that will focus on children’s literature. The new festival will take place in Brampton, Ontario, on Sept. 27–29.

“We believe it’s the perfect way to grow in keeping with our mandate: engaging readers, inspiring writers, empowering educators,” FOLD artistic director Jael Richardson said in a statement.

While the original FOLD, which will be held in Brampton May 2–5, has featured children’s literature alongside young-adult fiction, the FOLD Kids Book Fest will focus on readers 12 and under. The team is recruiting sponsors and authors, who are invited to email the festival at kids@thefoldcanada.org for more information.

Three new members have joined FOLD’s planning team to work on the kids book fest: Dundurn publicist Elham Ali, First Book Canada communications coordinator Calyssa Erb, and author and teacher Nadia L. Hohn.