Kamal Al-Solaylee, an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, was previously the national theatre critic at The Globe and Mail. He has written for numerous publications, including the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Quill & Quire, Elle Canada and Toronto Life. He holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Nottingham in England. He presents his first book, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction in Canada and won the 2013 Toronto Book Award. The memoir and personal coming-out narrative tells the story of an Arab family caught in the turmoil of Middle Eastern politics over six decades.