Moderated by Randy Boyagoda (University of Toronto)
In recognizing the importance of connecting readers through literary festivals, reading series, community events, book clubs and literary prizes, many events and cultural spaces are working to do more to raise the bar of inclusivity. How can publishers and literary event organizers ensure they are reaching audiences who may not have traditionally been served? Our panel of innovators are among those currently engaged in the vital work of reinvigorating a number of established organizations or forging new ones in order to meet the needs of the next generation of readers. They share their experiences and insights on connecting with new audiences, eliminating barriers to participation to building sustainable and inclusive engagement across the literary landscape.