Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kya Publishing Announces Location for the 2017 Toronto Urban Book Expo

TORONTO, ONT (February 2017) - Toronto publishing company Kya Publishing has just announced the location for the 4th annual Toronto Urban Book Expo (TUBE) taking place on Sunday, August 6, 2017: The Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street at Sheppard Avenue). 

TUBE, previously held during Black History Month at the Toronto Public Library, is the only Canadian event dedicated to celebrating urban fiction and culture. This event, now taking place during the Simcoe Day holiday weekend in Ontario, will feature published and independent writers selling their books at a free and family-friendly book fair. Live hip hop, R&B, reggae, and soca music will once again be provided by DJ Majesty.

Kya Publishing, a boutique publishing and communications company, promotes and celebrates contemporary urban literature and culture through their books, research, events, and community initiatives. The annual Book Expo was established in 2014 in support of independent authors, and to increase urban literacy through familiar texts and cultural subject matter.

"The [Toronto Public Library] North York Central branch is under construction this year, so we've moved our event across the street to the beautiful Toronto Centre for the Arts," said Kya Publishing founder Stacey Marie Robinson. "This venue is a great home for arts in North York, and we are excited to be able to bring urban literature to this creative space. We look forward to inviting both local and international authors to celebrate in this location with us."

Registration details and sponsorship/information packages for #TUBE2017 will be available to the public in April 2017; a complete listing of featured authors will be announced in July. For more information about this event, please contact the planning committee at info@kyapublishing.com, or visit www.kyapublishing.com.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Kya Publishing Launches New Website & Services

TORONTO, ONT (February 2017) - Toronto-based independent publishing company Kya Publishing has just relaunched their website, and announced that they will be offering communications services, in addition to their catalogue of Canadian Urban Fiction novels and short story collections.

Launched in 2007 by writer and Communications Specialist Stacey Marie Robinson as a self-publishing tool for her writing, Kya Publishing now has grown to be a support system for various urban artists and cultural organizations. Kya Publishing has nine books in print, currently, the Urban Toronto Tales collection including novels: Video Light, Carnival Spotlight, Request to Rewind, The Hook Up, Friends with Benefits, The Way We Used To Be, First Year, I Wish I Never Met Him, and Eighteen which are available online, via Amazon, and in circulation at the Toronto Public Library.

Initiatives like the annual Toronto Urban Book Expo, programs like the Kya Keys Book Donation Program, and the research-based Journal of Canadian Urban Fiction have helped to round out Kya Publishing's mandate: to share, celebrate, and communicate urban literature and culture.

"I love all things literary, musical, artistic...and I'm an entertainment enthusiast by nature. I also have an academic background in Communications, which gave me a great foundation for creating and disseminating information," said Robinson. "While writing is my passion, providing services and assistance to other urban artists has become an amazing addition to my professional routine."

Kya Publishing's communication services for urban writers, artists, and cultural organizations will include:

WRITING EDITING: Document Creation (articles/editorials, biographies, business plans, letters, press materials, promotional scripts, resumes/cover letters, and web content).

PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION: Communications Consult (getting started, marketing outlines, publicity brainstorm, social media overview), and Social Media Maintenance (authors & artists/djs, cultural organizations, personal branding, promoters/event planners, and small businesses).

PUBLISHING: Editing (articles, manuscripts, proposals), New Author Consult (planning and resources, self-publishing overview, starting/next steps), and Student Writing Mentorship (career development, feedback/writing, planning and resources).

"The services are designed to support urban artists in developing their business profiles," said Robinson. "The stronger we are as a collective, the louder our voices will resonate in the overall documentation of our culture and our stories. I am committed to securing this voice in Toronto, and in Canada, and hopefully the new Kya Publishing presence online will contribute positively to this goal."

The focus on Canadian Urban Fiction and literature remains, as Kya Publishing plans to expand their literary program to include emerging urban authors in the country.

For more information, please visit www.kyapublishing.com.


Please contact Kya Publishing at info@kyapublishing.com for additional details, and current rates, or to receive a copy of the new brochure.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Stacey Marie Robinson to Participate in Toronto Public Library Panel on "Diversity in Literature"

TORONTO, ONT (February 2017) - Toronto-based writer and founder of Kya Publishing Stacey Marie Robinson will be participating in a Toronto Public Library Black History Month panel discussion "Toronto's Caribbean Voices" on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Maria A. Shchuka Branch from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

The discussion will feature Toronto-Caribbean authors, poets, and publicists, sharing their works of influence by their cross-continental heritage and the future of diversity in literature. Panelist to include Stacey Marie Robinson, Leonicka Valcius, and Joshua "Scribe" Watkis, and will be moderated by Dalton Higgins.

"The Toronto Public Library has been so supportive of me, and of Kya Publishing since day one," said Robinson. "They have always been open to our programs and events, and were gracious enough to place my books in their Rita Cox collection early in my writing career. I look forward to participating in this panel, in honour of Black History Month,"

The Maria A. Shchuka Branch is located at 1745 Eglinton Avenue West, at Dufferin Street; this is a free, family friendly event!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


TORONTO, ONT (December 2016) – Toronto independent publishing company Kya Publishing will be hosting the Kya Keys Children’s Book Drive on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Riddim Fit Wellness Centre (845 Westney Road South, Unit #7) in Ajax.

The Kya Keys Book Donation Program—which has previously donated reading materials to youth locally, in the Caribbean, and in Ontario’s correctional system—will feature a donation drive for school supplies and books, while honouring Black History Month.

Kya Publishing will be collecting new and lightly used books for school-aged children (grades K to 8), as well as new school supplies, that will be transported to Jamaican school children in St. Elizabeth and Manchester parishes through a local registered charitable organization: Maica Impact.

The Riddim Fit Centre will be open to accept donations; all are welcome to contribute, and to stay for refreshments at an informal open house. For more information, please contact the planning committee at info@kyapublishing.com, or call (647) 342-3040.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kya Publishing Joins Wattpad Community With Free "VIDEO LIGHT" Access

TORONTO, ONT (December 2016) - Toronto publishing company Kya Publishing has joined the online storytelling community Wattpad, and is celebrating by offering free access to their "Urban Toronto Tales" novel VIDEO LIGHT to those registered with the site.

Kya Publishing--committed to the celebration of contemporary Canadian Urban Fiction and culture through their books, research, events, and community initiatives--is excited to share the 2008 novel, that has already been widely distributed and sold throughout Toronto over the years.

"Video Light is a short but sexy novel," said Kya Publishing founder Stacey Marie Robinson. "It's a classic Toronto love story about two individuals from the same [Jamaican] cultural background, with distinctly different histories. The characters experience the city and their adulthood through different lenses...which is what makes the story uniquely and authentically a 'Toronto' tale."

Through Wattpad, writers and authors of all genres and levels of expertise can share their works with a specialized online community. With over 35 million visitors per month, the feedback and sharing features make it a unique part of the literary community. Established in 2006 and headquartered in Toronto, this site is particularly popular with mobile users (representing over 85% of their traffic), and easily accessible for the 2 million writers that share this platform.

"We encourage reading of all genres, but are excited about the ongoing development of Canadian Urban Fiction," said Robinson. "Wattpad is a great way to reach new readers, and an amazing platform to share the urban stories about the city that we love: especially the story of Delia and Ryan, through Video Light."

Users can register with Wattpad online using their Facebook or Google accounts at www.wattpad.com, or through their mobile app. VIDEO LIGHT the novel is available on Kya Publishing's page at www.wattpad.com/kyapublishing.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kya Publishing Announces Date for the 2017 Toronto Urban Book Expo

TORONTO, ONT (November 2016) - Toronto publishing company Kya Publishing has just announced the date of their 4th annual Toronto Urban Book Expo (TUBE): Sunday, August 6, 2017.

TUBE is the only Canadian event dedicated to celebrating Canadian Urban Fiction; this event highlights published and independent writers and their books at a free and family-friendly book fair.

Kya Publishing--committed to the celebration of contemporary Canadian Urban Fiction and culture through their books, research, events, and community initiatives--has established this annual venue for urban authors to sell their books and raise awareness for this genre of cultural writing.

"We are pleased to feature DJ Majesty to provide the urban music soundtrack for the event again," said Kya Publishing founder Stacey Marie Robinson. "By gathering talented artists from Canada, the U.S., and hopefully beyond, we at Kya Publishing are excited to contribute to the development of Canadian Urban Fiction and the culture that inspires it."

Details about TUBE 2017 will be released in the new year, including registration dates/fees and confirmed authors. For more information about this event, please contact the planning committee at info@kyapublishing.com, or visit www.kyapublishing.com.

Join the conversation online using #TUBE2017

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"Kya Keys" Program Donates Books to Ontario Correctional Facility

TORONTO, ONT (November 2016) - Toronto-based publishing company, Kya Publishing, has donated books to an Ontario correctional facility library through their Kya Keys Book Donation Program. The program was created to share the benefits of reading through various rehabilitation, academic, and youth institutions in Canada and Jamaica.

The books selected for donation this fall are: Letters to an Incarcerated Brother by Hill Harper, and No Disrespect by Sister Souljah. In alignment with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services' mandates, these titles aim to affect "positive inmate and offender change" through literacy.

"These particular books are written by public figures with a deliberate messages to uplift and encourage all readers," said Kya Publishing founder Stacey Marie Robinson. "Through Kya Keys, Kya Publishing strives to assist in providing the access, potential solutions, and systems for solving issues through reading urban literature."

Letters to an Incarcerated Brother is a collection of letters between the actor/activist Hill Harper and his fans, providing "encouragement, hope, and healing for inmates and their loved ones." No Disrespect is a gritty autobiography from the female hip hop artist Sister Souljah about growing up in as a young woman in New York in the 90s, while keeping "her heart open and her integrity intact."

"It is important to gift others with biographical tales as well as fictional storytelling," said Robinson. "There is a great sense of growth, hope, and knowledge transfer that occurs through reading that is important to share whenever possible."

To find out more about the Kya Keys Book Donation Program, or to donate to this initiative, please contact Kya Publishing administration at info@kyapublishing.com or 647-342-3040.