February 1, 2024

Find. Your. Voice.

Keynote Address


New York Times best-selling author Angie Thomas opens this year’s festival as Keynote Speaker, inviting audiences to an electric in-person conversation on the power of finding your voice.

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Photo by Imani Khayyam


“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re going to be silent in the moments you shouldn’t be?” 

Speaker, activist and cherished award-winning YA author of the highly acclaimed #1 New York Times bestseller The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, is Keynote Speaker at this year’s KUUMBA.  

Through an evening of inspired words and laughter, Thomas invites the audience into an intimate conversation on the power of finding your voice, where she shares personal anecdotes and the struggles within her own lived experiences and her road to literary acclaim. Known for her candid keynotes that resonate with the same insight and hope that makes her writing so powerful, Thomas gives context to the culture, politics and movement that motivates her, inspiring the next generation of community changemakers and cultural pioneers.  

Angie’s books The Hate U GiveConcrete Rose and Find Your Voice are available for purchase alongside your tickets! You can pick them up at the Box Office when you collect your tickets. Angie will be available for signings immediately following her keynote conversation and Q&A.

Join us for an enriching evening of electric conversation!

Presented by TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment.

About Angie Thomas

New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas writes because she knows what it means to be bullied and voiceless. If she has anything to do with it, the next generation will be able to find themselves in her stories, regardless of demographic background. Her first three books – The Hate U Give, On the Come Up and Concrete Rose – all landed spots on the New York Times best-seller list with the first spending more than three years on the coveted catalog.  

Two major film adaptations (The Hate U Give and On the Come Up) have amplified Thomas’ intentional and impactful voice. Her latest work, Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy, is the first in a series aimed at young readers as well as Angie’s first foray into the fantasy genre. A film adaptation is forthcoming with Angie helming the script and producing. 

Thomas is the recipient of the William C. Morris Award (2018) and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (2018). She has also been nominated for the Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. She is the inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Thomas holds a BFA, Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in hip hop, marked by her creative past as a teen rapper.  

Access Info

If you require wheelchair or accessible seating, please contact our Box Office ahead of time at tickets@harbourfrontcentre.com or phone (416) 973-4000, Option 1 – Wednesday–Friday from 1pm-6pm.

Dates & Times

February 1
7pm – 8:30pm


Harbourfront Centre Theatre

231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario

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Keywords LiteratureTalk/Storytelling