New books from these Canadian writers delve into themes of feminism and power, demonstrating how damaging messages about masculinity affect our culture today. Rachel Giese’s Boys: What It Means to Become a Man is a non-fiction book about families and relationships. She is a regular contributor to CBC Radio and Chatelaine. Sarah Henstra’s The Red Word centres on rape culture in college life. This is her first work of adult fiction. Vivek Shraya’s non-fiction book I’m Afraid of Men explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl. Shraya is a musician, short-story writer and visual artist.
This event will be moderated by Rinaldo Walcott.
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Rachel Giese is an editor-at-large at Chatelaine and a regular contributor and guest host on CBC Radio's Q. Her award-winning journalism has appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, Flare, The Globe and Mail, Today's Parent and NewYorker.com. She lives in Toronto with her wife and son.
Sarah Henstra is a professor of English at Ryerson University. She is the author of the young adult novel Mad Miss Mimic. The Red Word is her first work of adult fiction. She lives in Toronto.
Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, poetry, fiction, visual art and film. A Publishing Triangle Award winner, her books include even this page is white, The Boy & the Bindi and She of the Mountains. Shraya is one half of the music duo Too Attached and founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books. She teaches creative writing at the University of Calgary.
Rinaldo Walcott is an Associate Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE, as well as the Graduate Program in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research is in the area of black diaspora cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on questions of sexuality, gender, nation, citizenship and multiculturalism. Currently, Rinaldo is completing Black Diaspora Faggotry: Readings Frames Limits, which is under-contract to Duke University Press. Additionally, Rinaldo is completing The Long Emancipation: Moving Towards (Black) Freedom, An Essay. As an interdisciplinary black studies scholar Rinaldo has published in a wide range of venues.