TORONTO, ONT (November 2015) – Toronto publishing company Kya Publishing, in association with the Toronto Public Library, will be hosting the 3rd annual Toronto Urban Book Expo on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the Library’s North York Central Branch (5120 Yonge Street, north of Sheppard).

TUBE is the only Canadian event dedicated to celebrating Canadian Urban Fiction. This Black History Month event will highlight published and self-published writers and their books—it will also feature local publishers of urban fiction, and guests from the literary and urban cultural communities.

Kya Publishing is Canada’s only dedicated urban fiction publisher, committed to the celebration of contemporary Canadian Urban Fiction and culture through books, research, events, and community initiatives. They have established an annual venue for urban writers to sell their books and raise awareness for this genre of writing.

Partial proceeds from TUBE will support Kya Publishing’s Kya Keys Book Donation Program. Kya Publishing also makes an annual donation to the Rita Cox Endowment Fund for Black and Caribbean Heritage (in support of the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection foundation at the Toronto Public Library), with the assistance of book fair attendees.

“Despite its growth, the genre of urban fiction still remains somewhat ambiguous and underrated in Canada. By gathering these talented writers and sharing their books, unique stories and experiences, we [the Kya Publishing team] are excited to contribute to the development of the urban fiction infrastructure, and the culture that inspires it.”

TUBE will also feature live interviews, refreshments, giveaways/prizes from Canadian urban brands, and music by Toronto’s DJ Majesty; confirmed authors to be announced in January 2016.

For more information or to register for a vendor area at TUBE, please contact the planning committee at, or visit

Join the conversation online using our hashtag #TUBE2016!


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