In Her Voice: Joanne Vannicola & Kate Armstrong

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Please join us for a special In Her Voice event with Joanne Vannicola and Kate Armstrong! These two memoirists will be discussing their new books All We Knew but Couldn't Say and The Stone Frigate, with moderator Farzana Doctor.

A book signing will conclude the event.




About the Books and the Authors




All We Knew But Couldn't Say


Joanne Vannicola grew up in a violent home with a physically abusive father and a mother who had 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.


Joanne Vannicola


Joanne Vannicola is an Emmy Award–winning actor who has worked in theatre, film, and television. A fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, she lives in Toronto.




The Stone Frigate


A memoir from the first female cadet admitted to the Royal Military College of Canada.

Kate Armstrong was an ordinary young woman eager to leave an abusive childhood behind her when she became the first female cadet admitted to the Royal Military College of Canada. As she struggled for survival in the ultimate boys’ club, she called on her fierce and humourous spirit to push back against the whims of a domineering and patriarchal organization. Later in life, feeling unfulfilled in her post-military career, she realized that finding her true path forward meant she had to go back to the beginning and revisit the truth of what she had experienced all those years ago.




Kate Armstrong


Kate Armstrong worked as a military officer and an electricity trader before realizing her dream was to be a writer. She lives in Nelson, B.C.




About the Moderator





Farzana Doctor


Farzana Doctor is an activist, psychotherapist and a writer. She is the award-winning author of Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement and All Inclusive. SEVEN, her fourth novel, will hit bookshelves August 2020. She is also
a Founding Member of WeSpeakOut.org and the EndFGMCanada Network, groups working to end female genital cutting.


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