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Ivan Coyote

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse, Auckland Writers Festival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, New Zealand Writers Week, Sydney Writers’ Festival, The Wheeler Centre and Word Christchurch

Coyote will share stories and tales from their latest book, Tomboy Survival Guide, a funny and moving memoir told in stories about learning to embrace a tomboy past while carving out a space for those of us who don’t fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels.

Ivan Coyote shares the struggle to come to terms with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation. Ivan Coyote has a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur.

The award-winning author of ten books, Ivan Coyote is also the creator of four short films, and has released three albums combining storytelling with music. Ivan 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.

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. (And for tomboys in training, there are even directions on building your very own unicorn trap.)

Tomboy Survival Guide warmly recounts Ivan’s past as a diffident yet free-spirited tomboy, and maps their journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don’t quite stick, to a place of self-acceptance and an authentic and personal strength.

Writers+Ideas is supported by O’Neill Architecture and RPS.

Reviews

A natural-born storyteller.

The Globe

Coyote is to Canadian literature what KD Lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.

Ottawa Xpress

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