Award-winning Brampton author latest inductee to Arts Walk of Fame

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Published September 16, 2021 at 4:55 pm

Brampton author Ian Williams has been announced as the latest member of the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame.

Williams, 42, is the author of six books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His debut novel Reproduction won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2019. Part of the novel takes place in Brampton, where Williams grew up and attended Sir John A. MacDonald Senior Public School and Mayfield Secondary School.

He won the Raymond Souster Award for his poetry collection, Word Problems, which considers the ethical and political issues of our time as math and grammar problems.

Williams completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto where he is also a tenured Professor of English. In 2022, he will be the Visiting Fellow at the American Library in Paris.

“Congratulations to Ian Williams on your success, accomplishments and upcoming induction into the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame,” said Brampton mayor Patrick Brown.

“This recognition honours artists’ achievements, connections to Brampton and their influence on arts and culture on a wider-scale, including the next generation of artists. Brampton is so proud of Ian Williams and his contributions to the creative industry and our community.”

Since 2014, the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame has been one of the City of Brampton’s key recognition programs, celebrating and building connections with the extraordinary artistic and creative talent emerging from the city, while inspiring the next generation of artists and creators.

The Brampton Arts Walk of Fame currently features 21 inductees including Russel Peters, Michael Cera, Rupi Kaur, Director X, Zarqa Nawaz, Othalie Graham, Trey Anthony and more.

This year’s induction ceremony will be held Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. in a live virtual broadcast event from The Rose, in collaboration with the Festival of Literary Diversity (The FOLD).

Jael Richardson, founder and executive director, The FOLD, will interview Williams about his career, Brampton roots, and words of wisdom for aspiring writers. Williams will also treat viewers to a reading of his work.

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