The South Asian Literature Festival is going to be held on August 25, 26 and 27 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It is said that Bengali writers from Toronto and its surrounding cities will also participate in three sessions of this literary festival.
For the first time, this literature festival is going to be organized with South Asian writers living in different languages in Canada. Bengali writers will participate in various sessions on August 26. Toronto-based writer and organizer Subrata Kumar Das will join non-Bengali writers in the ‘Canadian Landscape for South Asian Writers’ session at 10:30 am that morning. At 11:30 AM, the three English-speaking writers of Bengali origin who will join the ‘Bengali in Canlit’ session are Sham Mukherjee, Silmi Abdullah and Sumaiya Mateen. This episode will be directed by eminent Bengali translator Shreyasi Bose.
Bengali writers who will speak on the day in the episode titled ‘Canadian Bengali Writers’ at 2.30 pm are eminent thinker Akbar Hossain, poet Chayan Das and fiction writer Zakaria Muhammad Moeen Uddin. This episode will be hosted by Nandit writer and presenter Tasmina Khan.
The Literary Festival will be held at the Century Gardens Recreation Center in Brampton. Address 340 Voden Street East. On behalf of the organizers, Subrata Kumar Das said that free food will be provided for all the guests and participants for two days.
There will be cash prizes to encourage writers at 4:30 pm on both days. It is known that a total of 10,000 Canadian dollars will be given to the authors as a cash prize called the Nalanda Prize.
It may be mentioned that the grand opening of the three-day literary festival will be held on Friday evening, August 25, to which eminent South Asians from various parts of Canada have been invited.