The  Sherman Early Childhood Learning Series: Literacies Across A Lifetime

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The Sherman Early Childhood Learning Series: Literacies Across A Lifetime

The Sherman Early Childhood Learning Series: Literacies Across A Lifetime

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FEBRUARY 22- 7:30-8:30 PM ADT

Amanda LeDuc author of Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space

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Amanda Leduc is a disability rights advocate, disabled writer and author of the non-fiction book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space (2020) shortlisted for the 2020 Governor General’s Award in Non-Fiction and longlisted for the 2020 Barbellion Prize. She is also the author of the novels The Miracles of Ordinary Men (2013) and The Centaur’s Wife (2021).

Amanda has lived in Ontario, England, BC, and Scotland, and has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews. Amanda has cerebral palsy and presently makes her home in Hamilton, Ontario, where she lives with a very lovable, very destructive dog and serves as the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.

Leduc’s valuing of diverse bodies is anchored in an examination of how fairy tales have shaped our collective expectations of disabilities across lives.

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JANUARY 25 - 7:30-8:30 PM ADT

Catherine Hernandez author of The Story of Us and Scarborough

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Catherine Hernandez is a Canadian writer, author, and playwright. She is a proud queer woman of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian descent and married into the Navajo Nation. Her novel Scarborough (2017) was a finalist for Canada Reads 2022. Scarborough was a shortlisted finalist for the 2017 Toronto Book Award. In 2020 Catherine approached documentary filmmakers Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson to adapt her novel for the screen. The film won Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture with Nakhai and Williamson winning Best Directors. This film is available on Crave.

Hernandez's other books include M is for Mastashe: A Pride ABC Book (2015), I Promise (2019), named one of the best Canadian picture books of 2019, the dystopian novel Crosshairs (2020), and Where Do Your Feelings Live? (2022).

Her newest book The Story of Us releases February 28, 2023.Her novel and film Scarborough follows the lives of three children living in poverty. A compassionate early childhood educator, Ms. Hina builds a sense of community, caring for the children and their families.

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NOVEMBER 30 - 7:30-8:30 PM ADT

David A. Robertson author of recently published The Stone Child and The Theory of Crows

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David A. Robertson is a member of Norway House Cree Nation and the author of more than 25 books across a variety of genres. He is the 2021 recipient of the Writer's Union of Canada's Freedom to Read Award and in his picture book On The Trapline won his second Governor General's Literary Award. David’s most recent works is The Stone Child, book three in series the Misewa Saga, and The Theory of Crows, a poignant evocative novel about the bonds of family and the gifts offered by land.

David's writing deals with heavy subjects including the residential school system in Canada. He is also the writer and host of the podcast Kíwew, which won the 2021 RTDNA Prairie Region Award for Best Podcast.

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OCTOBER 26 - 7:30-8:30 PM ADT

Kelly Fritsch & Anne McGuire authors of We Move Together

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We Move Together follows a mixed-ability group of kids as they creatively negotiate everyday barriers and find joy and connection in disability culture and community. A kinship text for families, schools, and libraries to facilitate conversations about disability, accessibility, social justice, and community building. The Winner of the International Latino Book Awards' Best Educational Children's Picture Book in English.

Kelly Fritsch is a critical disability studies scholar and crip theorist. She is director of the Disability Justice & Crip Culture Collaboratory at Carleton University.

Anne McGuire is an associate professor in the Equity Studies program at the University of Toronto where she teaches courses on disability justice and disabled childhoods.

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Each event in the series is open to the public

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SEPTEMBER 28 - 7:30-8:30 PM ADT

Habiba Cooper Diallo author of #BLACKINSCHOOL

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#BLACKINSCHOOL is Habiba Cooper Diallo’s high school journal, in which she documents, processes, and resists the systemic racism, microaggressions, stereotypes, and outright racism she experienced while being Black in school in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a call for justice and educational reform. Habiba is an advocate and activist in support of women’s maternal health. She was a finalist in the 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize, the 2019 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition, and the 2018 London Book Fair Pitch Competition.

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