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Beloved: A Celebration of Toni Morrison and Black Women Writers, with Donna Bailey Nurse

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Beloved: A Celebration of Toni Morrison and Black Women Writers, with Donna Bailey Nurse

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June 17 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

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Friday, June 17 at 7 PM
Saturday, June 18 at 7 PM

Literature, Music


189 Yonge St
Toronto, ON M5B 1M4 Canada
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Beloved: A Celebration of Toni Morrison and Black Women Writers, with Donna Bailey Nurse brings together internationally renowned authors including recipient of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Aminatta Forna (The Memory of Love),  Myriam J.A. Chancy (What Storm, What Thunder), Francesca Ekwuyasi (Butter Honey Pig Bread), Rebecca Fisseha (Daughters of Silence), Zalika Reid-Benta (Frying Plantain), and Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia (The Son of the House) winner of the Nigerian Prize for Literature, Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal & Nev), with a special video appearance by two-time Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan (Washington Black).

Hosted by Nicky Lawrence and directed by Dian Marie Bridge, each evening features acclaimed authors in conversation and celebration with leading Canadian curator and literary critic Donna Bailey Nurse, complemented by readings and a house band led by Orin Isaacs. Join us as we honour the legacy of Toni Morrison and celebrate the unrivalled impact she has had on Black women writers around the world.

June 17: Zalika Reid-Benta, Rebecca Fisseha, Francesca Ekwuyasi, with a special guest appearance by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

June 18: Myriam J.A. Chancy, Aminatta Forna, Dawnie Walton, with a special video appearance by Esi Edugyan

Griots: A Masterclass Series

Led by critically acclaimed Black authors Lawrence Hill, Canisia Lubrin, and Djanet Sears, each masterclass explores a different genre: children’s novels, poetry, and playwriting. Designed as an intimate and supportive experience, the series connects local writers who are currently working on a piece with leading Black authors. 


With the health and safety of our audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers as our top priority, Luminato will continue to require proof of vaccination for all indoor performances in 2022. 

While the government of Ontario has lifted the mandatory check for vaccine passports as of March 1, we are choosing to keep our policy in place. We thank you for your patience and understanding as government policies are continually changing. 

Face masks are required for all indoor performances. Face masks are strongly encouraged for all outdoor performances. 

Luminato’s Vaccine Policy 

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Remember, you are considered ‘fully vaccinated’ only 14 days after your second dose. 

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For outdoor performances and events, proof of vaccination is not required. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected]  

Creative Team

Donna Bailey Nurse, Curator
Dian Marie Bridge, Director
Nicky Lawrence, Host/Guest Vocalist
Orin Isaacs, Music Director
Laura Warren, Projection Designer
Arun Srinivasan, Production Manager/Lighting Designer
Lani Milstein, Producer

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