Will you be my friend? It’s such a simple question. A work in progress play will explore the areas of dating relationships, deaf and hearing people. “Are YOU really listening?” It’s not how we listen. It’s not how we see. A rare diagnosis, forced her to give up one of her goals in life. From Hollywood to Toronto, the magical place of the movieland to today’s world.
Performer: Catherine Joell MacKinnon
Staged reading. Nathan Jesper has flown in for his big talk and is desperately late. Upon arriving, he launches into his speech but things are soon found to not be what they seem. Part storytelling, part comedy, part tragedy, “Deafy” is a play with captions.
Performer: Chris Dodd.
A free reading by CEO Tova Sherman of reachAbility’s very own original book, the Fountain of Harmony. The Fountain of Harmony is an official selection of the Nova Scotia Department of Education, and is a story celebrating inclusion, diversity, and finding out where you belong.
The first 25 families to attend will receive a free copy of the book to read along with and take home. All ages are welcome and snacks will be provided!
More information on the BAFF website
Lethbridge Herald Author Stage
Live captioning and ASL interpretation
11:15 AM: Giselle Courteau – The Duchess Bakeshop Cookbook
12:00 PM: Pauline Dakin – Run, Hide, Repeat
1:00 PM: Joy Fielding – The Bad Daughter
2:00 PM: Angie Abdou – Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom
3:00 PM: Amber Dawn – Sodom Road Exit
4:00 PM: Martin Parnell – The Secret Marathon
Canadian Heritage Author Stage
11:15 AM: Virginia Pésémapéo Bourdeleau – Winter Child
12:00 PM: Fartumo Kusow – Tale of A Boon’s Wife
1:00 PM: Norma Dunning – Annie Muktuk and Other Stories
2:00 PM: Iona Whishaw – A Sorrowful Sanctuary
3:00 PM: Ali Bryan – The Figgs
4:00 PM: David Martin – Tar Swan
In partnership with Ryerson University School of Disability Studies and Tangled Art + Disability, Creative Users is celebrating the launch of disability scholar, activist, and poet Eli Clare’s new book, Brilliant Imperfections: Grappling with Cure. Eli Clare will be in attendance reading from his new book as well, there will be copies of Brilliant Imperfection available for purchase.
In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. The stories he tells range widely, stretching from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams. At each turn, Clare weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender together, insisting on the non-negotiable value of body-mind difference. Into this mix, he adds environmental politics, thinking about ecosystem loss and restoration as a way of delving more deeply into cure. Ultimately Brilliant Imperfection reveals cure to be an ideology grounded in the twin notions of normal and natural, slippery and powerful, necessary and damaging all at the same time.
Copies of the book Brilliant Imperfection will be available for sale. (https://eliclare.com/books/brilliant-imperfection)
Accessibility: There will be ASL interpreters present. This event will also be live-streamed (link to event TBA). We ask that you help us make this space scent-free. For more information and/or requests regarding accessibility, please contact Sean at email@example.com.
Image credit: Painting of Eli Clare by Riva Lehrer