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In Conversation with Melanie Florence + Joanne Vannicola

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Join us at WOTS+ for an in-depth interview with authors Melanie Florence and Joanne Vannicola

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Join us September 21, 2019 for a live podcast taping and on-stage interview with authors Melanie Florence and Joanne Vannicola moderated by Deborah Dundas.

This event is part of TOK Toronto, DD's three-day symposium of books, writing and ideas. Produced in partnership with Word On The Street.

Melanie Florence is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award and was a finalist for the 2017 First Nation Communities READ award. Her most recent picture book, Stolen Words, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, is shortlisted for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and was given a starred review by Kirkus, who listed it as one of the best picture books of 2017 to give readers strength. Her other books include Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night, and Rez Runaway.

Joanne Vannicola is an Emmy award-winning actor and writer. They have been nominated for a Genie, a Gemini, and an ACTRA award. Credits include: Stonewall (TIFF), Love and Human Remains (TIFF), Wolfboy (Passe Muraille), Being Erica (CBC/ Netflix), Slasher (Netflix/Shaftsbury), Rookie Blue (Global TV), Maggie’s Secret (CBS), Stardom (TIFF), DNA (TIFF), PSI Factor, and Street Legal. Vannicola started and is the chair of outACTRAto, the new LGBTQ+ committee at ACTRA, and sits on the sexual assault adhoc committee for women in film and television.  Their recently released memoir, All We Knew But Couldn’t Say (summer 2019), is available online and in stores everywhere. Vannicola is the recipient of the Leslie Yeo award for volunteerism (2019). They have a piece in the anthology Cuarenta y Nueve, a book by 49 artists for the 49 victims of the Orlando Pulse club massacre. They are currently co-developing a new series primarily with women, and working on their second book, a YA novel. Joanne also founded the non-profit organization, Youth Out Loud, between 2004-2009, raising awareness about child abuse and sexual violence. Equity issues have always been at the forefront of Joanne’s work both in their artistic world and in their personal/political life. Vannicola can be found on Twitter and Instagram @joannevannicola and through their website www.allweknewbutcouldntsay.com as well as the organization Youth Out Loud www.youthoutloud.ca

Deborah Dundas became the Books Editor at the Toronto Star after reviewing books for the paper for more than 15 years. She has worked in the media for more than 25 years – including stints as a books editor, but also in business, lifestyle, and national and city politics. She’s worked at CTV and TVO, both as an editor/producer and reporting, interviewing or producing shows on emerging artists, popular writers and literary powerhouses. She’s also lived and worked in Northern Ireland. She feels that the books beat is the perfect marriage of her diverse experience and interests.

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