Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Book Launch: Toronto Lit Up

Buddies in Bad Times

12 Alexander St
Toronto M4Y 1B4
Cost: FREE

Joanne Vannicola is releasing All We Knew But Couldn’t Say and will be celebrating its publication with a Toronto Lit Up book launch! Join Dundurn Press and the Toronto International Festival of Authors for this exciting event that will feature Maggie Cassella as the host. Lorraine Segato is the musical guest, followed by Joanne Vannicola on stage.

Come by, listen to some music and share a drink! A percentage of the book sales at the launch will go to the Two Spirit Renewal programme at Shining Mountains Living Communities Services in Red Deer, Alberta, a project being funded by We’re Funny That Way Foundation. For more info on the foundation and the organization, please visit: WFTW.

Joanne Vannicola grew up in a violent home with a physically abusive father and a mother with no sexual boundaries. After being pressured to leave home at fourteen, and after fifteen years of estrangement, Joanne learns that her mother is dying. Compelled to reconnect, she visits with her, unearthing a trove of devastating secrets.

Joanne relates her journey from child performer to Emmy Award–winning actor, from hiding in the closet to embracing her own sexuality, from conflicted daughter and sibling to independent woman. All We Knew But Couldn’t Say is a testament to survival, love, and the belief that it is possible to love the broken, and to love fully, even with a broken heart.



Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Click here for more information.



  • Joanne Vannicola

    Joanne Vannicola is an Emmy Award–winning actor who has worked in theatre, film, and television. As well as acting, they have written and produced several plays and developed screen projects. A fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, they live in Toronto.