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  • October 16, 2021
    Information Events for Future Students
    SJE Fall Open House

Book Launch Event:

Everyone But Fajza

A Novel by John P. Portelli

Friday, October 29, 2021

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., ET

Please join us online on Friday, October 29th at 5:00 pm for an evening of conversation to celebrate the launch of Everyone But Fajza, a new novel from award-winning author, poet and Professor Emeritus at OISE, John P. Portelli (

Hosted by the Department of Social Justice Education. 

About the Novel:

Media reports erupt when Fajza is discovered with gunshot wounds, unconscious and abandoned next to one of Toronto's most violent high schools. As she lays in a hospital bed, those closest to her must grapple with the hand each of them played in her uncertain future. Through their narratives, an image of Fajza emerges; the wife of a prominent businessman, a child of Maltese immigrants, a woman struggling to find her identity, a jealous sister. As we hear from everyone but Fajza herself, we are immersed in a captivating tale of family, migrant life and the tensions between traditional and progressive values. Are we more than a collection of people’s impressions? Who is at fault when everyone is to blame? Will Fajza survive to tell her own story? A page-turning story of resilience and loss, Everyone but Fajza beautifully captures the complexity of the migrant experience in Canada.

Rave reviews for Everyone but Faiza

"The novel elicits the implied questions: If all of the characters admit that they are guilty, then who is really at fault? And if all are guilty, then may it be the case that no one is responsible?" Lou Drofenik, an award-winning novelist of Maltese-Australian descent

"A novel with shades of mystery and intrigue painted from an existential palette." John Baldacchino, Professor, University of Wisconsin, USA

"The thriller-like, piecemeal revelation of the plot makes this an enjoyable page turner. The ways in which the novel presents aspects of national and cultural origins, immigrant liminality and the challenges of globalisation and multiculturalism, also raise questions about the nature and permeability of identity." Joe Grixti, Professor, Massey University, New Zealand

Publisher Information

Purchase the book on the Amazon webpage

Event Details:

Join the conversation with special guest authors: 

John Baldacchino, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specializes in art, philosophy, and education. He has authored fourteen books. His most recent are Educing Ivan Illich (2020) and Sejjieħ il-Ħsieb (2020).

Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews, award-winning poet of seven collections, author, teacher and the host & coordinator of the Oakville Literary Cafe Series. Her latest book of poems, Meta Stasis, was released in July 2021 by Mosaic Press.

Hollay Ghadery, multi-genre writer living on Anishinaabe land in rural Ontario. Her work has appeared in various literary journals. She is the inaugural Reviews Editor at The Minola Review. Her memoir of mixed-race identity and mental illness, Fuse, was published by Guernica Editions MiroLand imprint in May 2021.

Please be sure to register prior to the event. 

Event Registration:

For learn more about the author, check out a recent interview with John Portelli here:

See you there!

Book Cover Everyone But Fajza

Information Events for Future Students

OISE Fall Open House

Saturday, October 16, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m, ET 

This year's OISE Fall Open House will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 and will once again be presented entirely online. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about our programs directly from our faculty, students and staff.

The Open House will consist of four program sessions and an information fair, including an Admissions drop-in. Leading up to the event day, we will post pre-recorded videos including a welcome from the OISE Dean, as well as helpful videos about admissions and career pathways.  

For more information visit: