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In Conversation with Leslie Shimotakahara + Rebecca Fisseha

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Join us at WOTS+ for an in depth interview with authors Leslie Shimotakahara and Rebecca Fisseha. Moderated by journalist Aparita Bhandari.

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Join us September 21, 2019 for a live podcast taping and on-stage interview with authors Leslie Shimotakahara and Rebecca Fisseha, moderated by journalist Aparita Bhandari.

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.

Leslie Shimotakahara's memoir The Reading List won the Canada-Japan Literary Prize in 2012, and her fiction has been shortlisted for the KM Hunter Artist Award. She has a PhD in English from Brown University. She had a short-lived career as an English professor, before it became clear that what she really wanted to do was pursue her original passion, creative writing. Her debut novel After the Bloom, which draws upon her Japanese-American and Japanese-Canadian family history, received a starred review in Booklist, was praised by the National Post as a "deep and beautiful story," and appeared on Bustle's, Reading Group Choices' and the 49th Shelf's lists of spring/summer picks for 2017. In 2018, she served on the jury for the Governor General's Non-Fiction Award. Her next novel Red Oblivion, a literary thriller set in Hong Kong, will be published in September 2019.

Rebecca Fisseha’s fiction and nonfiction explores the Ethiopian diaspora. Her short fiction has appeared in The Maple Tree Literary Supplement; Room Magazine; Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Anthology; Joyland Magazine; The Rusty Toque; and is upcoming in Addis Ababa Noir. Rebecca contributes to Selamta, the in-flight magazine of Ethiopian Airlines. Her play, wise.woman was produced by b current at the Theatre Centre in 2009 in Toronto.

Aparita Bhandari is an arts and life reporter in Toronto. She has been published in Canadian media including CBC, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and Walrus magazine. Her areas of interest and expertise lie in the intersections of gender, culture and ethnicity. She is the producer and co-host of the Hindi language podcast, KhabardaarPodcast.com.

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