Léonicka Valcius is a Literary Agent at Transatlantic Agency, representing commercial and genre fiction for adults and children. As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and the former Chair of The Festival of Literary Diversity, working with writers of colour is a key part of her mandate. Léonicka previously worked on the Online and Digital Sales team at Penguin Random House Canada, as the French book buyer for Scholastic Book Fairs Canada, and as a Book Sales and Marketing instructor at Centennial College.
Foreign object in the house of Canadian literature: A fireside chat
April 8, 1-2 p.m. ET | Free
Join Annahid Dashtgard, Chelene Knight, and moderator Léonicka Valcius for an important, nuanced, and solution-based conversation about how the publishing industry cares for authors who share difficult truths in their work. How do we create space and safety for people, writers especially, who, for a variety of reasons, have not been welcome in Canadian publishing? People who, as Dashtgard writes in her essay Foreign Object in the House of Canadian Literature, “are wooed for the colour [they] represent, but [who] don’t yet belong.”
Dashtgard, Knight, and Valcius will explore the author experience in publishing and how that mirrors or differs from the experiences of racialized people in other industries. What are the primary concerns authors face in navigating the industry? What responsibility do industry professionals have to incorporate author care into their process? And how does author care differ for marginalized writers or writers who are exposing trauma in their work?