KFPL presents ‘An hour with Joshua Whitehead’

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Joshua Whitehead will give a talk on his creative process, and answer questions after a reading of his award-winning Canada Reads title Jonny Appleseed.

This story follows the life of a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer character and his attempts to adapt to life in the city, according to a release from Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL). Jonny tries to make sense of his new surroundings before reliving his past by returning home for a funeral.

“Joshua wrote a story that shows the challenges of embracing multiple identities in a country that claims to embrace individualism but reverts quickly to the status quo,” says Jake Miller, Programming and Outreach Librarian. “Having Joshua discuss this world and his own experiences will provide attendees with insight into communities that are starting to have their voices heard.”

Joshua Whitehead (he/him) is a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation. He is pursuing a PhD at the University of Calgary where he studies Indigenous literatures with a specialization in gender and sexuality. Check out Joshua’s previous title, Full-Metal Indigiqueer, in KFPL’s catalogue.

This live online event will take place a 6 p.m. on Monday, May. 10, 2021 and is suitable for ages 13 and up. Register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/4991369. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants before the event begins.

KFPL encourages those who want to keep talking about new or interesting books, to check out their Book Chat Program. This program is held on the third Wednesday of each month. Register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/4800488. April’s theme will be “Rejuvenating Reads”, and the May theme will be “The Depiction of Jobs and Working in Literature”

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