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Hasan Namir is an Iraqi-Canadian author. He is the author of three previous books: God in Pink, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction; War/Torn, recipient of the 2020 Barbara Gittings Honor Book Award from the Stonewall Book Awards; and the children’s book, The Name I Call Myself. His latest book is Umbilical Cord. Hasan lives in Vancouver with his husband and child.

Nadine Yousif is a Toronto Star journalist, primarily covering the effects of COVID-19 on Canadians’ mental health and well-being. Previously, she has worked as a health and provincial affairs reporter for the Toronto Star in Edmonton, Alberta and as a Western Canada correspondent for Maclean’s. She has covered a variety of important social issues in Canada, like the opioid crisis in Alberta and the plight of Syrian refugees across the country. At Maclean’s, she covered January’s Iran plane crash, the Wet’suwet’en pipeline blockades in British Columbia and how COVID-19 is changing attitudes of Canadians on topics like Universal Basic Income.