Storied: On queerness in children’s books with Danny Ramadan and Robin Stevenson
Join the BC and Yukon Book Prizes for Storied: Discussions on Books, Publishing, and the Creative Process.
On Friday, December 15th, Danny Ramadan, author of Salma the Syrian Chef, The Foghorn Echoes and more, and Robin Stevenson, winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, will discuss queerness in children’s book.
The event begins at 7 pm (PT). It will run for an hour.
This is a free event, but registration is required. There will be no recording for this event.
Funding for the Storied Series is thanks to Canada Book Fund, Creative BC, the Government of BC and the Canada Council for the Arts.
About the guests:
Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ-refugees advocate. His latest novel, The Foghorn Echoes (Penguin – 2022) won the Lambda Award for Gay Fiction, and is shortlisted for the BC & Yukon Book awards, as well as the city of Vancouver Book Award. The Clothesline Swing (Nightwood – 2017) is translated to multiple languages. His award-winning children’s books The Salma Series includes picture book Salma the Syrian Chef (2020), and early chapters books Salma Makes a Home, Salma Writes a Book (2023) and Salma Joins the Team (2024). He is expected to release his memoir Crooked Teeth in 2024. His short stories and essays have appeared in publications across North America and Europe. Since his arrival to Canada, Ramadan has raised over $300,000 for LGBTQ+ identifying refugees.
Robin Stevenson is the award winning author of thirty books of fiction and non-fiction for kids and teens: her writing has been translated into numerous languages and published in more than a dozen countries. Robin’s books have won the Silver Birch Award, the Sheila A. Egoff award and a Stonewall Honor, and been finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Lambda Literary Awards, and many reader’s choice awards. She is the Book and Periodical Council of Canada’s Champion of Free Expression for 2022.