Rooting For the Anti-Hero

Kevin Chong and Hana Shafi

Rooting For the Anti-Hero

Kevin Chong and Hana Shafi

8:00pm

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Studio Theatre

60 mins

Kevin Chong and Hana Shafi celebrate the underdogs, the anti-heroes, the misfits and weirdos in their latest works which, through playful genre-bending, poetry and prose, highlight the beauty, charm and nostalgia of everyday lives.

A unique work of metafiction, Chong’s The Double Life of Benson Yu follows a comic book artist losing control of his newest story as the narrative of his own life starts to take over.

Part-poetry collection, part-art book, Shafi’s People You Know, Places You’ve Been is a charming collage of the familiar archetypes of the everyday, from the Greasy Spoon to the Hot Professor to the Waiting Room.

Moderated by Angelyn Francis.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Conversation

How to attend

Students and youth save up to 50% on passes.

Kevin Chong and Hana Shafi celebrate the underdogs, the anti-heroes, the misfits and weirdos in their latest works which, through playful genre-bending, poetry and prose, highlight the beauty, charm and nostalgia of everyday lives.

A unique work of metafiction, Chong’s The Double Life of Benson Yu follows a comic book artist losing control of his newest story as the narrative of his own life starts to take over.

Part-poetry collection, part-art book, Shafi’s People You Know, Places You’ve Been is a charming collage of the familiar archetypes of the everyday, from the Greasy Spoon to the Hot Professor to the Waiting Room.

Moderated by Angelyn Francis.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

Conversation

Featured Authors

Kevin Chong is the award-winning author of several books of fiction and non-fiction. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Rumpus and more. He currently lives in Vancouver and is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus.

Read more about Kevin Chong

Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Her art and writing explore themes such as feminism, body politics, racism and pop culture. Her first book, It Begins With The Body was selected by CBC books as one of the best poetry books of 2018. Her second book, Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty: Affirmations for the Real World, a compilation of essays and illustrations, came out in 2020. Hana and her family immigrated to Mississauga from Dubai in 1996, and she now lives in Toronto with her two cute, but sometimes annoying, cats.

Read more about Hana Shafi

8:00pm

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Studio Theatre

60 mins

How to attend

Students and youth save up to 50% on passes.

What to read

The Double Life of Benson Yu: A Novel by , People You Know, Places You’ve Been by ,
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