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History

​​​​2018

Guest on CBC radio program "Metro Morning" with Matt Galloway
Hosted the Urban Fiction Writing Workshop at the Toronto Public Library - Malvern (February)
Participants in the Rochester Black Author Expo (May)


2017

Children’s Book Donation Drive at the Riddim Fit Centre in association with Maica Impact
Toronto Public Library, participation in “Caribbean Voices” panel
Signed Kamilah Haywood as first official Kya Publishing author
Attended the Harlem Book Fair
Fourth Annual Toronto Urban Book Expo at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (August 6)
Participation in the Seattle Urban Book Expo
Research expedition to Winnipeg, Manitoba


2016

Third Annual Toronto Urban Book Expo at North York Central Library (February 13)
Donation to Toronto Public Library's Rita Cox Fund
Books donated to Central East Correctional Centre (selected authors Hill Harper, Sister Souljah)


2015

Second Annual Toronto Urban Book Expo at Malvern Library (February 28)
Donation to Toronto Public Library's Rita Cox Fund
Featured in Quill & Quire online promotional article for the Toronto Urban Book Expo
Nominated for Black Canadian Award for novel "Friends with Benefits"
​Organized urban fiction mini book fair at Toronto Revellers Mas Camp


2014

First annual Toronto Urban Book Expo, at Malvern Library (February 8)
Donation to Toronto Public Library's Rita Cox Fund
Participation in the Toronto International Book Festival, "Diversity, DJs and DIY" panel moderated by Dalton Higgins
Organized urban fiction mini book fair at Toronto Revellers Mas Camp


2013

Co-hosted “Defining Canadian Urban Fiction” panel with the Toronto Public Library
Coordinated Book Drive to donate to Jamaican children
Guest on The Dr. Vibe Show
Mixtape released featuring DJ Majesty and MC Brenton B, highlighting the "Urban Toronto Tales" book collection.
Vendor at the Durham Caribbean Festival
Donated books and soundtracks to Toronto Caribbean Carnival participants


2012

Met with Toronto Public Library Foundation re: fundraising for Rita Cox collection


2011

Kya Keys Book Donation Program established
Donated 3 books to Ontario correctional institutions (selected authors "Maestro Fresh" Wes Williams, Denzel Washington)
Speaker at University of Toronto English Dept, African Canadian Literature class
Speaker at Military Trail Public School, Grade 8 Language classes
Invited to participate in CBC Books panel discussion/podcast
Application to Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) accepted


2010

Established Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook accounts
“Dialogue” discussion about Video Light at Harlem Restaurant
Vendor/Speaker at University of Toronto Black Students’ Union Black History Month Opening
Vendor at the AfroFest
Vendor at the National Black Book Festival in Houston, Texas
Attendance at the BookExpo America in New York City 
“Video Light” reading at the Toronto Public Library’s “Big Voices, New Voices” event
George Elliott Clarke reviewed “Video Light” in the Halifax Chronicle
Secured related domains (.com): AfricanCanadianAuthors,  AfricanCanadianWriters, BlackCanadianBooks, BlackCanadianWriters, CanadianUrbanFiction, TorontoUrbanBookExpo, UrbanTorontoTales
Mix CD created, 25 copies distributed at AfroFest
Book signing at Knowledge Bookstore’s “Knowledge Fest”
Invited to promote event via radio interview on CHRY


2009

Vendor at the AfroFest
Jamaican Canadian Association book donation (Video Light) for “Family Day”
Book signing at Knowledge Bookstore’s “Knowledge Fest”
Books donated to Scarborough/Pickering hair salons


2008

Vendor at the Irie Music Festival
Vendor at the Word on the Street festival
Print run, “Video Light” – 1000 copies
2 book reviews: Request to Rewind, and Video Light in Ontario university student newspapers
Registered books with Canadian government, received dedicated ISBN prefix for Kya Publishing from CIP (Cataloguing in Publications)


2007

Kya Publishing business registered; web presence established
25 copies of “Request to Rewind” sent to Toronto urban entertainers (DJ, promoters, journalists)
Contributing writer for TorontoLime.com
Radio interview: Morning Ride (CIUT 89.5fm)
Radio interview: Africa Today (CHRY 105.5fm)
Article in Urbanology Magazine
Radio interview: Cutting Edge (CHRY 105.5fm)

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