IFOA Weekly is thrilled to present acclaimed author Ivan Coyote with their newest novel Tomboy Survival Guide. Coyote will be interviewed by award-winning Toronto journalist Rachel Giese. Bert Archer will host the event.
Ivan writes about their years as a young butch, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, and life as a gender-box-defying adult, in which they offer advice to young people while seeking guidance from others. Tomboy Survival Guide warmly recounts Ivan’s past as a diffident yet freespirited tomboy, and maps their journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don’t quite stick, to a place of selfacceptance and an authentic and personal strength. The book is based on the stage show of the same name which continues to tour in Canada, the US and beyond.
“An emotionally powerful memoir by a great storyteller about normal life.”
—The Globe and Mail
Bert Archer is a Toronto writer, largely about travel and books he finds while travelling, for several newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US.
Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Coyote is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last eighteen years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer's, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam. Coyote often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation. Ivan's 11th book, Tomboy Survival Guide, was recently awarded an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book Award.
Rachel Giese is an award-winning Toronto journalist. She is Chatelaine’s editor-at-large and a regular contributor to CBC Radio. Her first book, about modern boyhood and masculinity, will be published next year by HarperCollins Canada.