June 13, 2019: 

Book Launch party for We Contain Multitudes

6:30-8:00pm, Type Junction, 2887 Dundas St West, Toronto (click picture above for Eventbrite page)

May 5, 2019:

The Power of Literature, Discussion with Darrel J. McLeod, Karoline Georges, Michaël Trahan, Paul Gagné, Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott,  Metropolis Bleu Festival

2:00pm, Hotel 10, 10 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal.

APRIL 2, 2019:

Rowers Reading Series: reading from The Red Word. With Doyali Islam, Sheniz Janmohamed, and Michael Rowe.

6:45pm, Glad Day Bookshop, Toronto.

photo credit Doyali Islam @doyali_is

MARCH 4, 2019:

Adelaide Festival Writers’ Week: Reading from The Red Word.

Adelaide, Australia

photo credit: AWW

FEBRUARY 8, 2019:

After-show Q&A (with librettist Julie Tepperman and composer Chris Thornborrow): Hook-Up

Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto

photo credit @TapestryOpera

NOVEMBER 29, 2018:

GGBooks Public Reading and Book Signing: Reading from The Red Word with winners from other award categories.

12pm, Canada Council for the Arts, Massey-Lévesque Room, 2nd Floor, 150 Elgin Street, Ottawa

OCTOBER 23, 2018:

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA): Moderator for reading and panel discussion with authors Kirsten McDougall, D. Nandi Odhiambo & Melanie Raabe.

5pm-6pm, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

OCTOBER 28, 2018:

Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) reading from The Red Word and discussion with authors Rachel Giese, Sarah Henstra & Vivek Shraya. Interviewer: Rinaldo Walcott

6pm-7:30pm, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

photo credit: TIFA

JULY 10, 2018:

In Her Voice: Reading from The Red Word, 6:00pm

Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St, Toronto

photo credit: Rupert from Ben McNally

APRIL 9, 2018:

Words at the Wise: Reading from The Red Word, 8:00pm

wisebar, 1007 Bloor St, Toronto

MARCH 8, 2018:


You’re invited! The Red Word launch party will be held at The Arts & Letters Club in Toronto on March 8, 2018, 6:00-9:00pm. It’s a FREE event! Register above.

MAY 6, 2016:

Toronto District School Board Authors’ Day, Teen writers’ workshop

Robarts Library, University of Toronto, 2:00pm-4:00pm

MARCH 31, 2016:

Watch Global TV’s Book Club discussion about Mad Miss Mimic here:

Mad Miss Mimic is March’s official title for The Morning Show‘s book club. Enter by Mar. 30th to win Tea for Two at the Old Mill in Toronto with me and the host, Janet Joy Wilson!

JANUARY 18, 2016:

Common Readings: Reading from The Red Word, 8:00pm

The Bell Jar, Toronto

NOVEMBER 6-8, 2015:

Wild Writers Literary Festival, “Writing for Young Adults” Workshop (time TBA)


Waterloo, Ontario.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2015:

The Word on the Street Festival Reading/Q&A, 4:30-5:15pm

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015:

Stories Old and New: Reading/Signing, 10:30am

St. John’s United Church, Toronto

During our Sunday service, author Sarah Henstra will share selections from her new novel Mad Miss Mimic and help us reflect on the obstacles that can prevent us from living full and rewarding lives.

AUGUST 13, 2015:

Flesh & Blood Characters: Writing Workshop (TPL Young Voices Program):

Toronto Reference Library Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, 2:00-4:00pm

Characters make or break your fiction. It’s quite simple: readers will only read to the end if they care what happens to the people in the story, and they’re only going to care if those people feel real. In this hands-on writing workshop you’ll find out how Sarah Henstra crafted vivid, believable characters in her novel Mad Miss Mimic, and you’ll hear her practical strategies for bringing your own characters to life. You’ll have a chance to produce some brand-new writing from scratch, and you’ll learn about some common-but-deadly “character traps” and how to avoid them.

Ages 12-19

Questions? Contact Ken Sparling,

JULY 17, 2015:

TPL Teens: Summer Edition Workshop, 1:00-2:00pm

Toronto Public Library, Thorncliffe branch

Pen and Paper Playground with Sarah Henstra

Get inspired! In this hands-on writing workshop you’ll find out how Sarah Henstra used fun writing prompts and games to create fresh, unexpected prose “moments” in her novel Mad Miss Mimic. You’ll hear her tips and tricks for silencing your inner critic and taking risks in your writing. You’ll share feedback, experience and advice, and you’ll have the chance to produce some brand-new writing of your own.

MAY 19, 2015: 


Come celebrate with Sarah on May 19, 7-10pm High Park Curling Club, 100 Indian Rd, Toronto, ON.

More details here:


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