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TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRAR CELEBRA KTES

BLACY

HISTORY

MONTH

FEBRUARY 2011 | PROGRAM GUIDE & READING LIST

Donna Bailey Nurse | Dwight Drummond | Rachel

Manley | Maestro Fresh-Wes | Caribana artists

...and many more!

TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY


adult programs

Toronto Public Library celebrates Black History Month…

living the Black Canadian experience.

Haiti – One Year

Later

What’s the situation on

the ground, and how can

Canadians help? Find out

in this panel discussion

with a representative from

Doctors Without Borders,

and Toronto Star columnist,

Catherine Porter.

Seating is limited; please

call 416-395-5660 to

reserve a spot.

Tue. Feb. 2, 6:45 pm

North York Central

Library, Concourse

Ryad Assani-Razaki

Author of Deux Cercles:

nouvelles, co-winner of

the 2010 Trillium Award.

This program is in French.

Tue. Feb. 8, 7 pm

Annette Street

Suzanne Tevlin

Art historian Suzanne

Tevlin looks at the history

of paintings that feature

African women, placing

them historically and

culturally in the western

art of the 19th century.

Tue. Feb. 15, 2 pm

Deer Park

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RBC is proud to support

Black History Month

at Toronto Public Library.

in conversation: with Donna Bailey Nurse

Christian Campbell

& Adebe

DeRango-Adem

Acclaimed poets Christian

Campbell (Running in the

Dusk) and Adebe DeRango-

Adem (Ex Nihilo) launch

our Black History Month

celebration in conversation

with Donna.

Tue. Feb. 1, 7 pm

Toronto Reference

Library

Phil Akin

Phil Akin, artistic director of

Obsidian, Canada’s leading

black theatre company,

discusses his life and career

and his vision for black

Canadian theatre.

Mon. Feb. 7, 7 pm

Parkdale

Join Donna Bailey Nurse for a series of intimate conversations

about the black Canadian experience. Donna is a literary critic

and the editor of Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writers.

Nalo Hopkinson &

Djanet Sears

Novelist Nalo Hopkinson

(Midnight Robber) and

playwright Djanet Sears

(Harlem Duet) read from

works-in-progress and

discuss the life, love and art

of black Canadian women.

Tue. Feb. 8, 7 pm

Palmerston

Walter Borden

Walter Borden, one of the

most acclaimed actors of

the Canadian stage, joins

Donna in conversation

about his life and times as

part of our celebration of

black Canadian theatre.

Thu. Feb. 10, 7 pm

Runnymede

Lorna Goodison &

Esi Edugyan

Lorna Goodison’s book

From Harvey River: A

Memoir of My Mother and

Her People won the B.C.

Award for Canadian Non-

Fiction. The author will read

from her new novel By Love

Possessed. She is joined by

novelist Esi Edugyan whose

third novel is Half Blood

Blues.

Tue. Feb. 15, 7 pm

Maria A. Shchuka

Rachel Manley,

Olive Senior &

Pamela Mordecai

Three talented Jamaican

women read from awardwinning

works of memoir,

fiction and poetry. They

join Donna for a discussion

about the art of loving

Jamaica.

Wed. Feb. 23, 7 pm

Don Mills

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youth programs

Telling Like It Is: From Griot to Hip Hop

Caribana

comes to the library

Rhythm & Rebellion

– How Steelpan

Started

The rise of the steelpan,

with Theatre Archipelago’s

Rhoma Spencer.

Performance by Talib

Robinson.

Wed. Feb. 2, 10:30 am

Elmbrook Park

Wed. Feb. 2, 2 pm

Danforth/Coxwell

Meet Dwight Drummond

Join Dwight Drummond,

co-anchor of CBC News

for a chat with youth

about his own youth

and his career.

Mon. Feb. 8, 10:15 am

York Woods

Thu. Feb. 10, 10:30 am

Malvern

Toronto Public Library partners with Caribana to

cook up this feast of history and fun! From Griot

to Hip Hop is a series of six programs designed

to explore the depth and breadth of griot in the

Canadian context.

Caribbean Carnival

Spirits – Traditional

Mas Characters

Where do those fantastic

Caribana costumes come

from? Writer Ramabai

Espinet and Louis Saldena

of Mas-K Club, Toronto’s

2010 ‘Top Band of the

Year’, tell stories of Trinidad

& Tobago’s Carnival

characters of old.

With Keith Pascal.

Thu. Feb. 10, 2 pm

Fairview

Thu. Feb. 10, 7 pm

Kennedy/Eglinton

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Hip Hop Happenings

– The Beat Goes On

With Christopher France,

a.k.a. Thrust.

Like the African griot

of the past, indie urban

artist Thrust explains how

hip hop music and its

Caribbean cousins – dub

and calypso – have kept a

centuries-old tradition alive

through lyrics and spoken

word poetry.

Wed. Feb. 16, 2 pm

Brookbanks

Wed. Feb. 16, 6 pm

Thorncliffe

Stick To Your Vision: How to

Get Past the Hurdles & Haters

to Get Where You Want to Be

Wesley Williams, a.k.a.

Maestro Fresh-Wes,

Canada’s Godfather of

Hip Hop and author of

Stick To Your Vision will

speak about how to

find your way and stick to it!

Thu. Feb. 10, 6 pm

Centennial

children’s programs

Author Visits

Adwoa

Badoe

Author of:

Between

Sisters

Sat. Feb. 5, 2 pm

Malvern

Wed. Feb. 9, 2 pm

Flemingdon Park

Wed. Feb. 16, 1:30 pm

Amesbury Park

Dirk

McLean

Author of:

Curtain Up!

and Play

Mas’!

Wed. Feb. 9, 10:30 am

Pape/Danforth

Tue. Feb. 9, 2 pm

St. Clair/Silverthorn

Tue. Feb. 15, 2 pm

Wychwood

Jody

Nyasha

Warner

Author of:

Viola

Desmond Won’t Be Budged

Wed. Feb. 2, 10:30 am

Eatonville

Wed. Feb. 9, 10:30 am

College/Shaw

Wed. Feb. 9, 2 pm

Main Street

Richardo

Keens-Douglas

Author of: The Nutmeg

Princess

Wed. Feb. 23, 10:30 am

Parkdale

Wed. Feb. 23, 1:30 pm

Gerrard/Ashdale

Rosemary Sadlier

Author of: The Kids Book of

Black Canadian History

Tue. Feb. 8, 10:30 am

Parliament Street

Tue. Feb. 8, 2 pm

Cedarbrae

Other Programs

Tara Gonzalez and

Family

Caribbean Carnival in

Winter: Soca and Calypso.

Music for all ages!

Sat. Feb. 5, 2 pm

Sanderson

Fule Badoe – Once

Upon an African

Village

Fule will dance, sing, drum

and tell stories from and

about Africa.

Tues. Feb. 8, 1:30 pm

North York Central

Library, Children’s

Department

Njacko

Backo

Share the

music, stories

and dances

of Njacko Backo’s West

Africa homeland. Play

percussion instruments,

experience traditional West

African dance and singing

response.

Wed. Feb. 9, 1:30 pm

Morningside

Muhtadi

Muhtadi demonstrates

the use of the drum

as an ancient form of

communication, as well as

its use in virtually all forms

of modern music.

Wed. Feb. 9, 2 pm

Spadina

Sat. Feb. 12, 2-3pm

Barbara Frum

Jean

Assamoa

African

drumming

workshop for

school-age children. Please

register as space is limited,

416-393-7746.

Sat. Feb. 19, 2 pm

Lillian H. Smith

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ecommended reading

For Adults

A Shadow on the

Household: One Enslaved

Family’s Incredible

Struggle for Freedom W

Bryan Prince, 2009

Even slavery and forced

separation could not destroy

this family.

Arrival of the Snake

Woman: Stories W

Olive Senior, 2009

Jamaica, the

birthplace of

Torontonian

Senior, is the

setting for

these seven

powerful

stories exploring migration,

child abuse, colour caste

and identity.

Emancipation Day:

Celebrating Freedom in

Canada W

Natasha Henry, 2010

This book explores the

distinct traditions and

practices of Emancipation

Day festivities across

Canada.

Fatherhood 4.0: New

iDad Application Across

Cultures W

Dalton Higgins, 2010

Some of Canada’s most

acclaimed personalities,

intellectuals, entertainers,

athletes, and public figures

share memories about

fatherhood, from the comic

to the tragic.

From Harvey River: A

Memoir of My Mother

and Her People W

Lorna Goodison, 2007

This Canadian author tells

the story of her family and

the ties that bind them to

their native land, Jamaica.

Horses in Her Hair: A

Granddaughter’s Story

Rachel Manley, 2008

Governor

General

of Canada

awardwinning

writer

Rachel Manley

tells the

story of her grandmother’s

remarkable life and her

artistic contribution to

Jamaica.

The New Moon’s Arms W

Nalo Hopkinson, 2007

Set on a mythical

Caribbean island, this

critically acclaimed sci-fi

novel is a richly textured

coming of middle-age

story of a woman named,

appropriately enough,

Calamity.

Other Tongues: Mixed

Race Women Speak Out

W

Adebe DeRango-Adem

and Andrea Thompson,

2010

This anthology explores

racial identity through

the experiences of North

American mixed-race

women.

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Ossuaries W

Dionne Brand, 2010

Brand’s newest collection

of poetry examines the

“bones” of fading cultures

and ideas and the living

museums where these

“bones” are found.

Pink Icing and Other

Stories W

Pamela Mordecai, 2006

Engaging and thoughtful,

this collection is as

much about the human

diasporas as it is reflective

of the variety of Caribbean

experiences.

Revival: An Anthology

of Black Canadian

Writing W

Donna Bailey Nurse,

editor, 2006

A lively survey of Black

literature from across the

Canadian landscape from

both established and

emerging African-Canadian

authors.

Second Life of Samuel

Tyne W

Esi Edugyan, 2004

Samuel

believed that

his new life in

Canada would

be filled with

great success

and promise.

Fifteen years later, in a

dead-end job, Samuel’s life

is turned upside down after

his estranged uncle dies

leaving him an inheritance.

The Swinging Bridge

Ramabai Espinet, 2003

The Swinging Bridge

explores the Indian

immigrant experience in

Trinidad and North America

with empathy, passion and

humour.

Tightrope Time: Ain’t

Nuttin’ More Than

Some Itty Bitty Madness

Between Twilight &

Dawn W

Walter Borden, 2005

Walter Borden, acclaimed

Canadian actor, uses his

one-man multi-character

play to reveal personalities

that have shaped his life.

For Teens

Between Sisters W

Adwoa Badoe, 2010

A 16-yearold

Ghanaian

teen struggles

with literacy,

immigration,

secrets,

betrayals, friendship,

romance and compassion.

Tyrell

Coe Booth, 2006

Tyrell battles with

homelessness, the harsh

realities of inner-city life,

poverty, temptations and

family matters.

Walking

Joanne Haynes, 2007

This is a coming-of-age

novel, where teens identify

with Josephine’s experiences

as a teenager to adulthood.

Stick to Your Vision: How

to Get Past the Hurdles &

Haters to Get Where You

Want to Be W

Maestro Fresh-Wes (Wes

Williams), 2010

More than a self-help book

or motivational pep talk,

this inspirational book by

Canadian rapper, record

producer and actor, Wes

“Maestro” Williams, is

a fresh take on how to

achieve your goals through

focusing on your vision.

For Children

Black Magic

Dinah Johnson, illus.

Gregory Christie, 2010

Overflowing with sensuous

prose and artwork, this

bright and energizing book

abounds with the beauty of

being black as seen through

the eyes of a young girl.

Boy I am Loving Me! W

Angelot Ndongmo, 2009

With positive imagery and

verse, this picture book

exemplifies the richness

and pride a young boy feels

about being black.

Grease Town W

Ann Towell, 2010

Twelve-year-old Titus runs

away to join his uncle

in the first Canadian oil

boomtown, only to become

caught up in a race riot.

The Kids Book of Black

Canadian History W

Rosemary Sadlier, illus.

Wang Qijun, 2003

The author takes the reader

over hundreds of years of

history to reveal interesting

and sometimes little known

facts about the contributions

of African Canadians to

Canadian history.

Curtain Up!: A Book for

Young Performers W

Dirk McLean, illus. France

Brassard, 2010

When

Amaya

decides

to audition

for a

role in a

professional play, she soon

learns that it involves much

hard work and team effort.

A great way to introduce

young children to the world

of performers.

Viola Desmond Won’t be

Budged W

Jody Nyasha Warner, 2010

In 1946, unsung hero Viola

Desmond refused to give up

her seat on the main floor

of a movie theatre in Nova

Scotia. Her determination

to stand up against racial

discrimination is wonderfully

presented in this picture

book.

All library communications are

printed on FSC certified paper.

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Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage

Collection

The Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection

features more than 16,000 print and audiovisual

materials for adults, children and teens about the black

and Caribbean experience with special emphasis on

Canadian material.

The collection is available at convenient library locations

across the city: Parkdale, York Woods, Malvern and

Maria A. Shchuka branches.

For further information or to support the Rita Cox

Endowment Fund, please visit the library’s website

or call 416-397-5924.

torontopubliclibrary.ca

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