Samuel R. Delany at Naked Heart 2016 (Photo: Mitchel Raphael)

The third annual Naked Heart LGBTQ Festival of Words will take place in Toronto from November 10 to 12, 2017.

Launched in 2015, Naked Heart is the largest LGBTQ literary festival in the world and the most racially diverse literary festival in Ontario. This festival in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood of Toronto includes workshops, panels, performances and discussions for writers and lovers of words. The festival hub is at Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street), the world’s longest-running LGBTQ bookstore. Naked Heart strives to be as accessible as possible with wheelchair accessible venues and ASL interpretation provided at readings, workshops and panel discussions.

Visit for more information of this year’s line-up of authors. The full program is available at or download the PDF here.

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