8th House at 2023 Toronto International Festival of Authors 

The World in Other Words : Bengalis in CanLit Event

Join 8th House author K. Gandhar Chakravarty at the The World in Other Words: Bengalis in CanLit event: 


1:00pm ET, Sunday, September 24, 2023, Brigantine Patio, 60 mins. More information can be found here.

We're excited to announce an exceptional literary gathering at the upcoming 2023 Toronto International Festival of Authors. "The World in Other Words," an enlightening author reading event that spotlights the invaluable contributions of cross-cultural influence in CanLit, is celebrating authors of Bengali origin in Canadian Literature this year. Celebrating the rich diversity within CanLit, this event showcases the significance of Bengali writers on the esteemed stages of Canadian literary awards, such as the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize. Join us on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at the scenic Brigantine Patio, as we engage in a thought-provoking dialogue featuring distinguished 8th House author K. Gandhar Chakravarty, the insightful Arif Anwar, and the talented Laboni Islam. Facilitating the discourse is the renowned writer and curator Subrata Kumar Das. This session promises to be a compelling exploration of literary heritage and cross-cultural narratives. The event commences at 1:00pm ET, offering you an enriching 60-minute experience. We're excited to welcome everyone to this FREE and open-to-the-public event, where words and worlds seamlessly converge. Don't miss this unique opportunity to be part of a literary exchange that transcends borders and bridges hearts.


From the 2023 TIFA organizers:

"Canadian Literature encompasses the contributions of writers and poets of many different language origins. Bengali origin writers are no less significant in the expansive canon of CanLit. Many of whom, such as Bharati Mukherjee, are represented on the short and long lists of Canada’s major literary awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Griffin Poetry Prize and others. Meet a few of these English-language writers of Bengali origin at this exciting talk session, including (8th House Author) K. Gandhar ChakravartyArif Anwar and Laboni Islam. Noted writer and curator Subrata Kumar Das will moderate the conversation."