Catherine Hernandez Virtual Launch of “Crosshairs”
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 8 PM – 9 PM EDT
Join HarperCollins Canada and Another Story Bookshop to celebrate the launch of
Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez
Virtual Launch: Tuesday, September 1st @ 8pm on ASB’s FB page
Featuring a performance by Erin Brockobić, Drag Performer and Comedienne, reading with Catherine Hernandez and interview with Falen Johnson and Leah Simone Bowen of Secret Life of Canada podcast
ASL will be provided
Link to virtual launch:
Personalized signed copies available at anotherstory.ca. Please indicate in the notes section of your online order that you would like a personalized copy, and who it should be made out to. ASB is open for curbside pickup, local delivery and shipment. Deadline for signed copies: Thursday, September 3rd at noon. Signed copies will be available after September 4th.
In a terrifyingly familiar near-future, with massive floods that lead to rampant homelessness and devastation, a government-sanctioned regime called the Boots seizes the opportunity to force communities of colour, the disabled and the LGBTQ2S into labour camps in the city of Toronto.
In the shadows, a new hero emerges. After his livelihood and the love of his life are taken away, Kay joins the resistance alongside Bahadur, a transmasculine refugee, and Firuzeh, a headstrong social worker. Guiding them in the use of weapons and close-quarters combat is Beck, a rogue army officer who helps them plan an uprising at a major internationally televised event.
With her signature prose, described by Booklist as “raw yet beautiful, disturbing yet hopeful,” Catherine Hernandez creates a vision of the future that is all the more terrifying because it is very possible. A cautionary tale filled with fierce and vibrant characters, Crosshairs explores the universal desire to thrive, to love and to be loved as your true self.
Erin Brockobic is known as the Queen of Brunch in Toronto, as the hostess of Canada’s longest running drag brunch “Sippin’ T with Erin B”, held every Sunday at Glad Day Bookshop. Erin also runs a weekly podcast “Erin Grievances” and performs regularly across the city in venues like Woody’s, Crews and Tangos, Buddies in Bad Times and The Beaver. Give her a microphone and she’ll give you what you like, she’s the Eastern European business woman of the 80’s: Erin Brockobic.
Falen Johnson is Mohawk/Tuscarora (Bear Clan) from Six Nations Grand River Territory. She is a writer and podcaster. Her plays include Salt Baby, Two Indians, and Ipperwash (Dora Nomination) have played across Canada. Her writing has been featured in Brick, The Canadian Theatre Review, and Granta Magazine. She co-hosts The Secret Life of Canada (CBC Podcasts) with Leah Simone Bowen. She has written for Urban Native Girl (APTN) and Merchants of the Wild (APTN). She also scripted the 2020 Inspire Awards which will air on CBC in June. Falen was also named one of Maclean’s 20 to watch in 2020.
Leah-Simone Bowen is a writer, producer and avid supporter of Beyoncé. Along with Falen Johnson, she is the co-host and creator of the CBC Podcast The Secret Life of Canada, which looks at the untold and under-told history of the country.
CATHERINE HERNANDEZ is a proud queer woman of colour, a radical mother, a theatre practitioner, an award-winning author and the outgoing artistic director of b current performing arts. She is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian heritage, and she is married into the Navajo Nation. Her novel Scarborough, which is soon to be a motion picture, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript; was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award, the Evergreen Forest of Reading Award, the Edmund White Award and the Trillium Book Award; and was longlisted for Canada Reads. She has also written the plays Singkil and Kilt Pins, as well as the children’s book M Is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book. Crosshairs is her second novel. She lives in Toronto.