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LIBRISSIMI TORONTO ITALIAN BOOK FESTIVAL 2021

Date:

05/08/2021


LIBRISSIMI TORONTO ITALIAN BOOK FESTIVAL 2021

Librissimi – Toronto Italian Book Festival is a celebration of Italian Canadian writing and culture in all its forms, languages and dialects.

The festival was founded in 2018 and is developed in collaboration with key partners and organizations. Each year the festival strives to showcase the finest and latest in Italian Canadian writing and build cultural bridges with Italian writers.

The event features authors, panellists and presenters.

The 2021 edition will be presented online on Saturday, May 8 and Saturday, May 15.  

ZOOM links will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates.

FEATURE PRESENTATION

Saturday, May 8 | 11:00AM EDT

 

2021 05 08 librissmi oiza queensday obasuyi 9OIZA QUEENS DAY OBASUYI is a freelance contributing writer and author who focuses on human rights, migration and racism. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations. She has written for The Vision, Internazionale and Jacobin Italia. In Corpi estranei, her first book, she deconstructs systemic and cultural racism in Italy from the perspective of a black Italian woman.

2021 05 08 librissmi gaoheng zhang 2

GAOHENG ZHANG is an Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He researches broadly on Italy’s global history and connections using a cultural-studies approach. His book, Migration and the Media: Debating Chinese Migration to Italy, 1992-2012 (University of Toronto Press, 2019), provides the first detailed media and cultural study of the Chinese migration from both Italian and Chinese migrant perspectives.

Against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement, Italian writer Oiza Queens Day Obasuyi presents her essay Corpi estranei (Foreign Bodies); an exploration of Italy’s colonial past and the systemic racism and discrimination that are experienced beyond North America. In conversation with Gaoheng Zhang, Assistant Professor of Italian Studies specializing in Chinese migration to Italy, they will explore themes that are common not just to African-Canadians, but aboriginal peoples and Asian-Canadians as well.

This is a bi-lingual presentation.

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The Feature Presentation is presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto and the University of Toronto Department of Italian Studies.

Librissimi is presented in partnership with: Comitato degli italiani all'estero Toronto (Com.It.Es), Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, Association of Italian Canadian Writers, Villa Charities, University of Toronto Department of Italian Studies

Information

Date: Da Saturday, May 08, 2021 a Saturday, May 15, 2021

Organized by : Librissimi Toronto Italian Book Festival

In collaboration with : Comitato degli italiani all'estero Toronto (Com.It.Es) | Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto | Associazione Scrittori/Scrittrici Italo-Canadesi | Villa Charities | Dipartimento di Studi Italiani (UniversitĂ  di Toronto)

Entrance : Free


Location:

Online via Zoom

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