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In Her Voice Festival: Writing the Self

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Centre for Social Innovation - Annex

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Please join us for the third annual In Her Voice Festival, taking place June 1st to 3rd, 2019.

This year we'll be hosting roundtable discussions centred on a particular topic, along with our famous Books and Brunch, and a special evening with Eve Ensler. Full festival details can be found on our website.


Our second roundtable discussion will feature three authors, who have written about their personal lives in moving and constructive ways, discussing the ins and outs of putting their lives to the page. The event will feature:

Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

Yasuko Thanh, author of Mistakes to Run With

T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

The discussion will be moderated by Alexandra Shimo.


Doors open at 3 p.m. and the event will begin at 4.

The conversation will be 45-60 minutes, followed by a 15 minute audience Q&A.

Books will be for sale, and a formal book signing will close the event.




Please note: we do try to keep ticket prices as low as possible to make our events as accessible as we can. If you would like to attend the conversation but have difficulty covering the cost of a ticket please email Olivia (olivia@benmcnallybooks.com) for a complimentary ticket.




About the Books and Authors





A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

A bold and profound work by Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a personal and critical meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America.

In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight and understanding to the ongoing legacy of colonialism. What are the links between depression, colonialism and loss of language--both figurative and literal? How does white privilege operate in different contexts? How do we navigate the painful contours of mental illness in loved ones without turning them into their sickness? How does colonialism operate on the level of literary criticism?



Alicia Elliott

Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River living in Brantford, Ontario, with her husband and child. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The Butter, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean's, Today's Parent and Reader's Digest, among others. She's currently Creative Nonfiction Editor at The Fiddlehead, Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground" won Gold at the National Magazine Awards in 2017, and another of her essays, "On Seeing and Being Seen: Writing With Empathy" was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2018. She was the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC, and was chosen by Tanya Talaga to receive the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Prize in 2018. Her short story "Unearth" has been selected by Roxane Gay to appear in Best American Short Stories 2018. Alicia is also presently working on a manuscript of short fiction.





Mistakes to Run With

Mistakes to Run With chronicles the turbulent life of Yasuko Thanh, from early childhood in the closest thing Victoria, BC, has to a slum to teen years as a sex worker and, finally, to her emergence as an award-winning author. As a child, Thanh embraced evangelical religion, only to rebel against it and her equally rigid parents, cutting herself, smoking, and shoplifting. At fifteen, the honour-roll runaway develops a taste for drugs and alcohol. After a stint in jail at sixteen, feeling utterly abandoned by her family, school, and society, Thanh meets the man who would become her pimp and falls in love.



Yasuko Thanh

Yasuko Thanh's story collection Floating Like the Dead was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. One of its stories won an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Short Story. The title story won the Journey Prize for the best story published in Canada in 2009. Quill & Quire named Floating Like the Dead a Best Book of the Year. CBC hailed Yasuko Thanh one of ten writers to watch in 2013. Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, her debut novel, won the Rogers Writers' Trust for Fiction, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. She lives in Victoria, B.C., with her two children. In her spare time she plays in a punk band called 12 Gauge Facial, for which she writes all the songs and music.




Moderator: Alexandra Shimo

Alexandra Shimo is an author and journalist based in Toronto. Raised in London, England by a single mum, a struggling artist, she returned to her birth town of Toronto after her BA at Oxford in politics, philosophy and economics, and an MA from Columbia University in journalism. A former producer for CBC radio and editor at Maclean’s, Canada’s largest current affairs magazine, she is passionate about journalism and social justice, and pursues these interests through her volunteer work, and her books and essays about history, poverty and human rights. She lives with her partner Lia Grimanis and their baby son Jacob, and teaches creative non-fiction and memoir at the University of Toronto. In her spare time, she also teaches meditation at Octopus Garden, and sits on the advisory board for Up With Women, which helps formerly homeless women and children escape poverty, and for DreamCatcher Mentoring, which offers career guidance to northern and indigenous youth.




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