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In Conversation with Zalika Reid-Benta and Becky Blake

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Diaspora Dialogues presents an interview with authors Zalika Reid-Benta and Becky Blake, moderated by journalist Ryan B. Patrick.

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Join us for our live podcast taping and on-stage interview with authors Zalika Reid-Benta and Becky Blake, moderated by journalist Ryan B. Patrick.

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.

Zalika Reid-Benta is a born and bred Toronto writer, TV fanatic and cheeseburger enthusiast. In 2011 George Elliott Clarke recommended her as a “Writer to Watch”. Her work has appeared on the CBC website, in the TOK 7 anthology and in Apogee Journal. She is an alum of the 2017 Banff Writer’s Studio and received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University in 2014. Her work explores matters of intergenerational cycles, race, identity and culture through the lens of second-generation Caribbean Canadians. Her collection of linked short stories, Frying Plantain, was released in June and she is working on a fantasy YA novel.

Becky Blake is a two-time winner of the CBC Literary Prize (for non-fiction in 2017 and short fiction in 2013), Becky Blake’s stories and essays have appeared in publications across Canada. Her first novel, Proof I Was Here, was published in May 2019. Becky teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education, and also offers private mentoring and manuscript consultation. She holds an MFA from the University of Guelph, and is currently working on a second novel and a memoir-in-essays.

Ryan B. Patrick is a writer, editor and journalist with more than a decade of experience covering and writing about all things IT. His work has been featured in trade pubs such as CIO Canada, ComputerWorld Canada and Network World Canada.

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