Toronto Urban Book Expo Adjusts to Virtual Event for 2020

TORONTO, ONT. (May 2020) - Upon careful review of recommendations from the Government of Canada, province of Ontario, city of Toronto, the Toronto Public Library, and event sponsors the Toronto Arts Council, based on the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Toronto Urban Book Expo this summer will proceed through virtual delivery.

The three-day event, scheduled this year from Wednesday, July 29 through Friday, July 31, 2020, will include interactive sessions for authors (webinars, interviews, and discussions), providing direct access to speakers and information that would have been obtained in-person at #TUBE2020.

The Book Expo is a writer's retreat and conference where authors and publishers have the opportunity to communicate their projects, explore international networking opportunities, and participate in informative sessions with their peers, experts, and supporters in literature. Surrounding the Emancipation Day long weekend in Toronto, Ontario (which falls on the Civic Holiday, the first Monday in August), TUBE is open to all published and self-published writers.

Registration for individual sessions will begin on Monday, June 1, 2020 through the Kya Publishing website including descriptions, active links, presenter bios, and specific date/time details. Participants will also be provided with a link to download the presentation application (i.e. Zoom).

This year's virtual workshops will be provided free of charge in hopes that the content will 1) contribute to professional development, 2) increase personal skills and knowledge base, and 3) connect an international gathering of like-minded writers to help build networks.

The registration process will allow for the submission of specific questions for presenters, as well as room for participating authors to provide book sales information for a special new outlet being created in lieu of the missed in-person opportunity. ALL writers are welcome to participate and take part in this virtual celebration of writers and literature!

"We will miss the in-person element of our Book Expo this year," said organizer Stacey Marie Robinson. "Since 2014, we have proudly hosted nearly 100 writers/authors, and will work hard to to continue to provide a platform for their development, project showcase, and professional networking."

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