Don’t miss an evening of prose, conversation and music that explores both the pride and the prejudice inherent in exploring gender identity, the struggle to accept who we are, and the sad truth of intolerance.
Michael V. Smith is a force of nature: a novelist, poet, improv comic, filmmaker, drag queen, performance artist, and occasional clown. My Body Is Yours , his first work of nonfiction, is a memoir about breaking out of gender norms and breaking free of a hurtful past. Michael traces his early years as an inadequate male?a fey kid growing up in a small town amid a blue-collar family; a sissy; an insecure teenager desperate to disappear; and an obsessive writer-performer, drawn to compulsions of alcohol, sex, reading, spending, work and art as a means to cope and heal. In coming to terms with his past failures at masculinity, Michael offers a new way of thinking about breaking out of gender norms and breaking free of a hurtful past.
When Everything Feels Like the Movies , an edgy and extravagant YA novel about a glamorous boy named Jude, by Raziel Reid, won the Governor General’s Literary Award and is a Canada Reads finalist for 2015. School is just like a film set: there’s The Crew, who make things happen; The Extras, who fill the empty desks; and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn’t fit in. He’s not part of The Crew because he isn’t about to do anything unless it’s court-appointed; he’s not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he’s not a Movie Star because even though everyone know his name like an A-lister, he isn’t invited to the cool parties. His life is a total train wreck! But train wrecks always make the front page.
Special guest, Glenn Nuotio, is a Newfoundland-born musician and songwriter. His songs are lyric-driven, steeped in literary allusions, myth, anecdotes, his personal life and his keen appreciation of protest song.