What see and do at Toronto's Naked Heart Festival

What see and do at Toronto's Naked Heart Festival

Naked Heart features 90 writers over three days of author events and parties. To help process the overwhelming program for Naked Heart, Yohomo has highlighted five not-to-be-missed events at this year’s queer literary festival.

Naked Heart Festival Launch Party

The Naked Heart Festival launch party is an ideal way to acclimatize to the new Glad Day Bookshop venue at 499 Church Street, formerly Byzantium. With over 2000 attendees and 120 writers present for the 2015 edition of Naked Heart, the launch party promises to be a prime opportunity to network with local and international literary heroes alike.

Friday, November 11, 9:30pm
Glad Day Bookshop
499 Church St.

 Black Magic: Afro-Caribbean Futurism and Sci-Fi Writing Workshop

Photo by  Tru Ferguson Photography

Photo by Tru Ferguson Photography

Writer and activist Lue Boileau leads a workshop on re-writing the colonial experiences of Black and indigenous communities. The workshop examines environmentalism, apocalyptic themes and explores science fiction and the supernatural though a queer literary lens.

Saturday, November 12, 12pm
Xtra Lounge
2 Carlton St. Suite 1600

 Memoir Writing Workshop with Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco

Memoirs have long been a benchmark of queer storytelling with authors like Edmund White, Sarah Schulman and Felice Picano defining the genre. Veteran AIDS activist and irreverent author Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco leads a workshop on the art of memoir writing and spilling the tea.

Saturday, November 12, 2pm
Xtra Lounge
2 Carlton St. Suite 1600

 Queer Songbook Pocket Orchestra

 Featuring an abridged version of the much-loved Queer Songbook Orchestra, this event examines queer narratives as they relate to the pop songs of the last several decades. The Queer Songbook Orchestra is set to collaborate with stellar authors of the Naked Heart Festival including Audrey Dwyer, Farzana Doctor, Johnnie Walker and Nordine.

Saturday, November 12, 7pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander St.

 Felice Picano: An In-Depth Conversation with a Literary Legend 

A seminal force in queer activism, journalism and literature, Felice Picano has steadily been published since the 1970s and helped found The Violet Quill— a literary group that included Edmund White and Andrew Holleran. The prolific and highly influential writer appears at the Naked Heart Festival for an intimate conversation with local writer Jeffrey Round. 

Saturday, November 12, 7pm
Glad Day Bookshop
499 Church St.

Get to the official website for a complete list of all the goings on during Naked Heart 2016.
Lead photo of Lue Boileau by Kevin Jones.

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