“I could not have told this story in my 20’s. Now, I’m so sure of who I am. The strength and dignity of my mother, how incredible our family is, even though it’s messy and not perfect, I’m proud of that. I’d rather tell a story about our humanity and our truth, than ever give anyone a sanitized version that paints us to be something that we are not.” - Perdita Felicien, author of My Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir of Struggle and Triumph.
In Can You Hear Me Now?, former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes changes the conversation, stripping the label of MP and revealing the woman of the before and after. The memoir fills in the blank spaces and reveals that Caesar-Chavannes has always been fearless, stoic and bold in her actions. At every stage in her life, she seemingly broke through, balancing the pressure of her family, culture, and her gender’s high expectations with steely precision. Yet, the book can be described as a transitory note to the next moment in her life.
Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming is the harrowing story of Antonio Michael Downing, who travels to Canada from Trinidad at the age of 11 after his grandmother passes.
Given is the debut novel from Nandi Taylor, a Black Caribbean and Canadian writer and fantasy-enthusiast. Nandi Taylor first started weaving the tale about a young Yirba princess back in 2017 on Wattpad, an online storytelling platform.
Four books by Black Canadian authors and illustrators are among the seventy books that are 2018 finalists for the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks).
Our team ran into award-winning Youth Worker and Motivational Speaker Francis Atta at the If I Ruled Toronto event held in October at the Sheraton Centre. His book, The Flip, provides candid advice to both parents and youth on how to transform their lives from negative to positive.