Writing in the Age of #metoo

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Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Book Awards Tent

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A panel discussion with Gwen Benaway, Téa Mutonji and S.K. Ali explore the growth of the #metoo movement and how it impacts literature.

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In 2018, Molly Ringwald revisited her filmography, saying she felt The Breakfast Club was “troubling” now seen through the prism of the #MeToo era. DD examines how the movement has affected authors’ writing processes – if at all – and whether the current debate has prompted them to appreciate or denounce books, movies and art they loved in the past. With poet, essayist and thinker Gwen Benaway; award-winning poet and writer Téa Mutonji; and best-selling novelist S.K. Ali. Moderated by 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 at the Toronto Book Awards Tent.

Gwen Benaway is an emerging Queer/Two-Spirited Anishinaabe/Métis poet who has often been described as the spiritual love child of Truman Capote and Thompson Highway. Her first collection of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, was published by Kegedonce Press in 2013. In 2015, she was the recipient of the inaugural Speaker’s Award for a Young Author from the Speaker of the House for the Ontario Legislative. Her poetry has been published in literary magazines internationally and scrawled within bathroom stalls at truck stops across Ontario.

Téa Mutonji is an award-winning poet and writer. Born in Congo-Kinshasa, she now lives and writes in Scarborough, Ontario where she was named emerging writer of the year (2017) by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization. Shut Up You're Pretty is her first book.

S. K. Ali is the author of YA novels, Love from A to Z, and the 2018 Morris award finalist, Saints and Misfits, which won critical acclaim for its portrayal of an unapologetic Muslim-American teen’s life, and was on many top ten YA novels of 2017 lists, including from Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association. It was also longlisted as a CBC Canada Reads title. She has a degree in Creative Writing and has written about Muslim life for various media, including the Toronto Star and NBC News. She lives in Toronto with her family, which includes a very vocal cat named Yeti.

Aparita Bhandari is an arts and life reporter in Toronto. She has published with a variety of 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. Her most recent pieces include a radio doc for The Sunday Edition on fountain pen lovers in Toronto and a print feature for The Globe and Mail on controversial Indian film Sexy Durga. She is the producer and co-host of the Hindi language podcast, KhabardaarPodcast.com

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Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Book Awards Tent

235 Queens Quay W

Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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