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“If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.”

~ Song of Solomon

Join leading Canadian literary critic Donna Bailey Nurse for a fabulous talk show style evening celebrating the legacy of Toni Morrison with an incredible lineup of acclaimed Black women writers.

Hosted by musical tour de force and star of Ugly Black Woman Nicky Lawrence, accompanied by a house band led by Canadian music legend Orin Isaacs, Donna leads conversations celebrating the legacy of Toni Morrison, the unrivalled impact she has had on Black women writers and readers around the world, and the joys and challenges of being a Black woman in today’s world.

Bring your girlfriends, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy a vibrant evening of books, music, and conversation.

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Winter Garden Theatre

Winter Garden Theatre is a century-old theatre and National Historic Site. It is also the last operating vaudeville-era double-decker theatre in the world. It hosts a variety of events and occasions, including (but not limited to) award shows, concerts, fashion shows, and film premiers, and is home to two annual major theatrical and cinematic productions: Ross Petty Productions and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Photos of Venue:

Winter Garden Photos


June 17, 2022: Zalika Reid-Benta, Rebecca Fisseha, Francesca Ekwuyasi, and Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

June 18, 2022: Dawnie Walton, Myriam J.A. Chancy, and Aminatta Forna

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