IFOA is proud to open the 44th edition of IFOA Weekly with Michelle Alfano‘s new book, The Unfinished Dollhouse: A Memoir of Gender and Identity. Join Michelle Alfano and Rev. Anne Hines as they discuss familial relationships in the thought-provoking and touching story of The Unfinished Dollhouse.
“No mother is prepared for the moment when a child comes out to her as a person whose physical gender is out-of-keeping with his emotional and psychological gender-identity. In Michelle Alfano’s intimate memoir, she recounts her experience as the mother of a transgender child….In the years to follow, Frankie’s parents experienced an education in parenting a child transitioning from female to male – which pronouns to use, how to disclose the information to friends, family, school and how to deal with the reactions of all – some heartening, some surprising, some disappointing.”
Until 2015, Michelle Alfano served as an Associate Editor with the literary quarterly Descant. She is the co-organizer, with the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, of the annual Love Poetry Festival honouring Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen as well as the founder and organizer of the (Not So) Nice Italian Girls & Friends Reading Series. Her novella, Made Up Of Arias, was the 2010 winner of the Biennial F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for Short Fiction. Her short story “Opera”, on which the novella was based, was a finalist for a Journey Prize anthology. Her fiction and non-fiction work has been widely published in Canada in major literary publications including Descant, Prairie Fire, The Capilano Review, The Antigonish Review, Event, A Room of One’s Own and in six anthologies. In addition to her personal memoir The Unfinished Dollhouse: A Memoir of Gender and Identity, she is currently at work on a novel entitled Destiny, think of me while you sleep.
Anne Hines is the author of five books and numerous magazine articles. Her humour/lifestyle column HineSight appeared for many years in both Canadian Living and Metro, she had a weekly spot on Canadian Living TV and she was a contributing editor to Chatelaine magazine. Most recently Anne's lighthearted take on being a church minister from Toronto, sent to live and work in small town Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan (pop 295) was featured in the Toronto Star. She now serves as a United Church minister on Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto.