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Kya Publishing Author Kamilah Haywood to Present at Naked Heart Festival

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TORONTO, ONT (October 2018) Kya Publishing author Kamilah Haywood will be participating in the upcoming Naked Heart festival at Glad Day Bookshop, Buddies in Bad Times, and 5Six2. The annual LGTBQ festival of words, features a range of 60 authors and presenters, and runs from Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11. Kamilah will be featuring her third published novel "Diamond in the Rough: Part 2" through a panel discussion and also a reading.

The Festival will include a range of events featuring Jewell Gomez, Larissa Lai, Fatima Jamal, Lindsay Nixon, Kai Cheng Thom, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Shyam Selvadurai--a balance of new and returning presenters. The main session types include panels, workshops, and readings across the three locations, Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street), Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander Street), and 5Six2 (562 Church Street).

Glad Day Bookshop is the oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore, dedicated to stories of representation and f…

Kya Publishing Shares Online Resources for Writers

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TORONTO, ONT (September 2018) - Toronto-based communications company, Kya Publishing, has expanded their website to include a range of resources for writers. The newly updated online hub will now also host writing tips, educational guides, and other niche-specific tools to assist cultural writers and communicators.

The website, which currently features musical products, an author directory, links to their research journal and other programs, in addition to their book sales, is designed to be a beneficial resource for cultural content creators who are looking for urban-specific writing tools or Canadian references.

Urban writing (based on experiences of the inner-city, as well as based on African-Canadian and African-American cultural trends) is essentially an independently supported industry, with limited resources available in educational institutions or formal instruction. The industry has primarily grown through grass-roots initiatives and self-published authors, and has developed…

Kya Publishing Launches Online Author Directory

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TORONTO, ONT (August 2018) - Kya Publishing has just launched an online author directory featuring participants from their Toronto Urban Book Expo events from 2014 through 2018. The directory, which currently lists almost 100 writers, will serve to connect interested readers with a unique grouping of novelists, children's writers, poets, and non-fiction authors.

Hosted on the Kya Publishing website, under the event-specific Toronto Urban Book Expo page, the list of featured authors was created to complement the book fair experience. The directory gives readers and community members an extended opportunity to contact the writers, and also provides increased exposure for the artists and their products.

"We created the Toronto Urban Book Expo to support local authors, independent writers, and to provide international artists with access to a Canadian audience," said Kya Publishing's Stacey Marie Robinson. "As we continue to build our event, and increase community …

Kya Publishing Announces TORONTO URBAN BOOK EXPO Board of Directors

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TORONTO, ONT (August 2018) - Kya Publishing has just announced the Board of Directors for their Toronto Urban Book Expo (TUBE). Since 2014, TUBE has hosted over 100 writers from across Toronto, Ontario, and visiting from the United States of America, in a book fair dedicated to urban literature and cultural texts.

"Over the years we have connected with so many talented and community-minded writers," said Kya Publishing founder, Stacey Marie Robinson. "With our new Board of Directors we will continue to brainstorm ways in which our Book Expo can best serve the writing community, provide exposure for independent and published authors, and also promote youth literacy and a love for reading."

The Board of Directors and their areas of responsibility are as follows:


Jeffrey Lee Cheatham II (Seattle, Washington) - Literary Festivals & West Coast Liaison



Jameel Davis (Cleveland, Ohio) - International Communication & East Coast Liaison

Jameel Davis serves as an advoc…

Kareative Interlude Present Toronto Urban Book Expo Children's Program

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TORONTO, ONT (July 2017) - Children's author Karee Shea Walker of Kareative Interlude will be presenting a children's program at the 5th annualToronto Urban Book Expo (TUBE) taking place on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Toronto Public Library's Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen Street West) from 4pm to 8pm. The children's program is free, and will feature arts and crafts, children's authors, and children's book readings.

Kareative Interlude is a partnership utilizing arts to transform eyes and bless hands to the creative expressions that lay within. A multi-disciplinary company, they create in the areas of fashion, visual arts, community programming, and personal empowerment. Their first children's book "The Bee Leaf" is a powerful story that engages readers on the journey of building one's character, confidence and courage.

A message from Karee, about her book "The Bee Leaf":

"This creative work has been very spiritual, empowering and c…

Toronto Urban Book Expo Welcomes Guest Speaker Andree Nicole

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TORONTO, ONT (July 2017) - Kya Publishing has announced the guest speaker featured at the 5th annualToronto Urban Book Expo (TUBE) taking place on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Toronto Public Library's Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen Street West) from 4pm to 8pm: educator, entrepreneur, certified life coach, motivational speaker, and author Andree Nicole!

The author of four motivational books, Andree Nicole "offers a kaleidoscope of information, guidance, support, and encouragement to both her readers and audience." Her most recent book is titled Victorious Secrets: Unveiling a Couple's Passion & Quest to Love. Along with her previous titles: My Eyes Can See, 101 Inspirational Quotes, and Beyond the Tears, the books are available through her website AndreeNicole.com, as well as Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, and on most online bookstores.

"We look forward to having Andree Nicole present at our Book Expo again," said Kya Publishing's Stacey Marie Robinson. &quo…

Authors Announced for the 5th Annual TORONTO URBAN BOOK EXPO

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TORONTO, ONT (June 2017) - Kya Publishing has announced the confirmed authors that will be featured at the 5th annualToronto Urban Book Expo (TUBE) taking place on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Toronto Public Library's Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen Street West) from 4pm to 8pm.

"Kya Publishing welcomes registration requests from all writers," said Kya Publishing founder Stacey Marie Robinson. "We look forward to inviting both local and international authors to present with us in the city, and are excited to celebrate urban literature and culture during Toronto's festive holiday weekend."

Featured authors include (list updated with new registrants, daily):


Andree Nicole (Toronto, ON)
Angela Walcott (Toronto, ON)
Cathy-Ann Alexander (Irvington, NJ)
Christian Basie (Euclid, OH) Christopher McClean (Glenside, PA)

Clarence Birdsong III (Memphis, TN)
Deborah Watkins (Buffalo, NY) Ebony Nicole Smith (Rochester, NY)
Guildford J. Thomas (Toronto, ON)
Jameel Davis (Cleveland, OH)
J…