Diaspora Dialogues is thrilled to announce a fresh and exciting project “It Begins with a Book” funded by Canada Council for the Arts.
As the world around us has gotten more intimate in the face of this unprecedented pandemic, DD seeks to spark travel of the imagination through the exploration of global fiction. We will be launching a contest to choose one book from a contemporary writer from Africa, Asia and/or Australia.
With the help of our community of diverse writers/artists, as well as with partners, arts organizations, and the general public, we’ll be requesting submissions of English language or translated work. People will be asked to submit their recommendation, and a one paragraph description of why that book would be important for Canadians to read.
The nominated books will then be shared with a jury to consider, which includes information on the writer, a summary of the book, how the book fits into the literature canon of its country, the impact it’s had since publication, sample media reviews and any awards it has received, along with a sample excerpt. The final book chosen will then serve as the foundation stone for a series of activities including the creation and presentation of new artistic works by Canadian artists including singer/songwriter/guitarist Lucas Haneman.