Join the Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) and the AGO as they collaborate on a series of conversations with writers and artists on boredom, distraction, escapism and finding creativity during lockdown. This week author Catherine Hernandez joins Roland Gulliver, the Director of TIFA. Introduced by Devyani Saltzman, Director of Public Programming at the AGO.
Roland Gulliver is the Director of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, taking up the position in February 2020. He is one of the leading international figures in the literature sector with over 12 years’ experience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where he created festival programmes of over 600 events across 18 days, representing more than 60 nations. In addition to the August Festival, he led, alongside a fellow programme director, the development of a year-round programme of residencies, mini festivals and standalone events working with a range of communities to offer access and empowerment through the arts. His programming has explored the potential of the live performance from pop-up readings to staged performances, creative writing masterclasses to reading workshops, literary afternoon teas to late night cabaret programmes, alongside commissions for sound installations and WhatsApp digital stories. Alongside creating spaces for authors and audiences to engage in discussion on the contemporary issues affecting society, politics and culture.
Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, a radical mother, a theatre practitioner, an award-winning author and the artistic director of b current performing arts. She is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian heritage, and she is married into the Navajo Nation. Her novel Scarborough, which is soon to be a motion picture, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript; was a finalist for multiple awards; and was longlisted for Canada Reads. She has also written the plays Singkil and Kilt Pins, as well as the children’s book M Is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book. Crosshairs is her second novel. She lives in Toronto.