Artist of the Month: Cecil Foster
IICSI Researcher Cecil Foster is one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals on issues of race, culture, citizenship, and immigration. Born in 1954, he became a journalist in Barbados before emigrating to Canada, where he began reporting for the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail. He worked as a senior editor for the Financial Post and in national radio and television news for the CBC and CTV. Between 1979 and 1982, he was the editor of Contrast, Canada’s first Black-oriented newspaper. Dr. Foster is also a novelist and non-fiction writer whose books include the novels No Man in the House, Independence, and Sleep On, Beloved; the non-fiction works A Place Called Heaven and Blackness and Modernity; and the memoir Island Wings. His latest book is They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada (Biblioasis 2019).
Foster will be in Guelph, ON for the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival on Saturday, September 7 to lead the workshop “Taking the Next Step – Finding Self-Confidence as a Writer” that will encourage participants to explore how to push through doubt and commit to doing the work needed to finish a manuscript. For tickets and details visit the Eden Mill Writer’s Festival website.