Come join us at the Camera Bar, 1028 Queen Street Toronto, from 1-7pm, to celebrate the Second Season of Literature Alive, with A DAY OF SCREENINGS AND DISCUSSION, featuring “The Best Of Literature Alive Season 1”.
1:00 p.m. Memory Places
Haitian-Canadian Dany Laferriere, Indo-Trinidadian Ramabai Espinet, Toronto’s Flow 93.5 DJ and poet Jemeni and Trinidad born-Ottawa raised Andre Alexis: Four contemporary Caribbean writers who in their writing draw on childhood memories to create imaginative modern reflections on Canada today.
3:00 p.m. Fantastic Spaces
Many writers navigating the spaces between the Caribbean and Canada create startling imaginary landscapes that meld the two. This series of docs explores the fabulous worlds of science fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson, magic realist writer Shani Mootoo, and vibrant spoken word artist d’bi Young.
5:00 p.m. In Celebration of Miss Lou
Three half-hour films exploring the power, range and influence of Jamaican poet, writer, broadcaster and comedienne Louise Bennet Coverley, on modern Caribbean Culture from the 40s to the birth of Reggae and through to the spokenword hip-hop generation. Featuring poet publisher and teacher Pam Mordecai (in conversation with her friend the writer Velma Pollard), and spoken-word artist & entrepreneur Dwayne Morgan.
Literature Alive documentaries have been screened internationally including at Fipa 2006 in Paris; Reel Sisters 2006, in NY; The 2006 Festival of Black International Cinema, in St Louis, Berlin, and Paris, and at Carifesta 9, in Trinidad. Memory Places, featuring author Andre Alexis, won Special Acknowledgement in the Best Documentary category at the recent Festival of Black International Cinema.