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In Conversation with Derek Mascarenhas and Anar Ali

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Join us at WOTS+ for an in depth interview with authors Derek Mascarenhas and Anar Ali, moderated by journalist Shanda Deziel.

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Join us for a live podcast taping and on-stage interview with authors Derek Mascarenhas and Anar Ali, moderated by journalist Shanda Deziel.

This event is part of TOK Toronto, DD's three-day symposium of books, writing and ideas. Produced in partnership with Word On The Street.

Derek Mascarenhas is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario. A backpacker who has travelled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto, where he balances his creative pursuits with a career in Market Intelligence. His short story collection titled, Coconut Dreams, was released to acclaim in April 2019.

Anar Ali was born in Tanzania and raised in Alberta. Her first book Baby Khaki’s Wings, a collection of short stories, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book, Canada & the Caribbean), and the Danuta Gleed Literary Prize. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Globe & Mail, The Little, Brown Reader, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her second book, Night of Power, debuts in August 2019.

Shanda Deziel is the Books for Young People editor at Quill & Quire. The award-winning Toronto journalist spent 12 years at Maclean's magazine as an entertainment writer and editor. Her work has also appeared in Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail, and other national publications.

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