Communicating Urban Literature & Culture

Kya Publishing


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)


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)


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


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 “ ****” show


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


2012

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


2013

  • Co-hosted “Defining Canadian Urban Fiction” panel with the Toronto Public Library
  • Coordinated Book Drive to donate to Jamaican children 
  • Mixtape released featuring DJ Majesty and MC Brenton B, highlighting the "Urban Toronto Tales" book collection.
  • Vendor at the Durham Caribbean Festival
  • “Defining Canadian Urban Fiction” panel at Malvern Library


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


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


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)


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


 2018

  • Participants in the Rochester Black Author Expo (May 2018)


The History of Kya Publishing


An overview of Kya Publishing's organizational activities and developments since 2007...