Meet the 2024 Writers

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9:00 am | Friday, August 16

Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour and an award-winning author. She is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian heritage and is married into the Navajo Nation. Her debut novel, Scarborough, which was adapted into an award-winning motion picture, won the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award as an unpublished manuscript. It was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award, the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award, the Edmund White Award, the Trillium Book Award and Canada Reads. Her second novel, Crosshairs, made the CBC’s Best Canadian Fiction list and was named one of NOW magazine’s 10 Best Books, one of NBC’s 20 Best LGBTQ Books and an Audible Best Audiobook. Her most recent novel, The Story of Us, was shortlisted for the Forest of Reading Evergreen Award and longlisted for a Toronto Book Award. Catherine Hernandez is also the author of the children’s books M Is for Mustache: A Pride ABC BookI Promise and Where Do Your Feelings Live? Catherine Hernandez lives outside Toronto.

Book cover: The Story of Us by Catherine Hernandez
Book cover: Behind You by Catherine Hernandez
Catherine Hernandez - photo by Noor Khan
Photo: Noor Khan