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Farzana Doctor

Author of Six Metres of Pavement

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Oct
26
READING: Martha Baillie, Nick Cutter, Roxane Gay and Gary Geddes
International Festival of Authors, Sunday, October 26 at 11am
Writers Martha Baillie, Nick Cutter, Roxane Gay and Gary Geddes read from their latest works. Farzana Doctor hosts.

Martha Baillie is the author of four novels. Her most recent, The Incident Report, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was included in The Globe and Mail’s list of Best Books for 2009. She has written about contemporary visual art for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Koffler Gallery and Brick magazine. Her poetry has appeared in several Canadian journals. Baillie presents The Search for Heinrich Schlögel. Her hypnotic new novel follows the titular character from Germany to Canada, where he sets out on a two-week hike into the isolated interior of Baffin Island.

Nick Cutter is one of the pen names that acclaimed author Craig Davidson has published both novels and short stories under. His novel Cataract City was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Under the name Nick Cutter, Davidson presents The Troop, the story of a group of boys who set out into the Canadian wilderness on a three-day camping trip that quickly takes a terrifying turn.

Farzana Doctor’s first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and was nominated for Masala!Mehndi!Masti! People’s Choice Award. She has also written on social work and diversity-related topics, and in her spare time she provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services. Doctor's most recent novel, Six Metres of Pavement, is about a man who struggles to continue living after his daughter’s tragic death. Things begin to change, however, when he befriends two very different women: a young queer activist and his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour.

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, The Rumpus, Salon and numerous anthologies. Her first book, Ayiti, was a collection of poetry and short stories. She is the co-editor of PANK and she teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. Gay presents her stunning debut novel, An Untamed State, about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than 40 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and criticism. Geddes has won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile. Geddes presents his latest poetry collection, What Does a House Want?, a polished and cinematographic take on numerous ideas from Israeli-Palestinian violence to the reputation of Ezra Pound.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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Nov
1
ROUND TABLE: Tough Times
International Festival of Authors, Saturday, November 1 at 3pm
Four celebrated Canadian authors reflect on life, death and the human struggle, and the challenges of capturing these accurately and compassionately in their fiction. Farzana Doctor hosts and moderates.

Caroline Adderson is the acclaimed author of three novels, two collections of short stories and a number of books for young readers. She is the winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards. She was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement. Adderson presents her fourth novel, Ellen in Pieces, a genre-bending story of a woman who, in the last year of her life, begins to explore love and the possibility of recovery from regret.

Martha Baillie is the author of four novels. Her most recent, The Incident Report, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was included in The Globe and Mail’s list of Best Books for 2009. She has written about contemporary visual art for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Koffler Gallery and Brick magazine. Her poetry has appeared in several Canadian journals. Baillie presents The Search for Heinrich Schlögel. Her hypnotic new novel follows the titular character from Germany to Canada, where he sets out on a two-week hike into the isolated interior of Baffin Island.

Farzana Doctor’s first novel, Stealing Nasreen, received critical acclaim and was nominated for Masala!Mehndi!Masti! People’s Choice Award. She has also written on social work and diversity-related topics, and in her spare time she provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services. Doctor's most recent novel, Six Metres of Pavement, is about a man who struggles to continue living after his daughter’s tragic death. Things begin to change, however, when he befriends two very different women: a young queer activist and his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour.

Miriam Toews is the author of five previous novels: Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness (winner of the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction), The Flying Troutmans (winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize) and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. She presents All My Puny Sorrows, the riveting story of two sisters, Elf and Yoli. This at once tender and unquiet novel offers a profound reflection on the limits of love, and the sometimes unimaginable challenges we experience when childhood becomes a new country of adult commitments and responsibilities.

Rudy Wiebe is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction for both The Temptations of Big Bear and for A Discovery of Strangers, as well as the RBC Taylor Prize for his memoir, Of This Earth. Weibe is also an Officer of the Order of Canada. He presents his first novel in 11 years, the lyrical masterwork Come Back. Inspired by his life, it is a rare and beautiful novel about the humanity of living and dying.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 3:00 PM
Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5J 2G8

Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under (Jenni_Canuck)
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"Farzana Doctor , MSW, RSW, is a consultant and trainer specializing in diversity and clinical issues related to working with marginalized populations. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in working with individuals and couples from an anti-oppression perspective. Farzana has co-authored books, book chapters and articles on working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual people with substance use and depression concerns, and on counselling lesbian and bisexual women of colour. She has been an instructor at the University of Toronto and Ryerson Faculties of Social Work. Farzana authored a novel, Stealing Nasreen (Inanna, 2007). She received her master’s from Carlton University in 1993."

[Source: website of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. http://www.camh.net/Publications/Reso...
"I am a dynamic and knowledgeable consultant and trainer specializing in organizational diversity issues and clinical issues relating to working with marginalized populations.

Examples of my past facilitation and teaching experience:

Diversity Training for Managers and Directors, and LGB Training for Staff, Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto, 2008-2011, multiple dates.
Equity and LGBT trainings for the United Way Toronto, 2010-2011, multiple dates.
Compassion Fatigue and Team Dynamics Workshop, Youthlink Inner City, May 2009
LGBT Issues workshop, Redwood Shelter, June 2009
Speaker, International Day Against Homophobia, City of Toronto , May 2009
Facilitator, CAMH Mood and Anxiety Program Planning Retreat, June 2009
Keynote Speaker, Make Peel Proud Conference, Feb 2009
Working with the Trans Community (with Hershel Russell), Family Service Association of Toronto, March/April 2008
Sessional Instructor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University, 2006, 2007
Facilitator and Coordinator for Diversity and Equity Cross-Sectoral Mini Summit, Nov. 17th, 2006.
Facilitator, CAMH LGBTTTIQ Caucus Planning Day, July, 2006.
Working with the Trans Community, Sept. 16 th 2005 and Jan. 20 th , 2006 , May 2009 (with Hershel Russell).
Diversity Training for Parkdale Community Health Centre in Sept. 2005 and Jan. 2006 (with Janet Mawhinney).
Un/Divided Loyalties; Counselling Lesbian and Bisexual Women of Colour, March 2004, November 2004, February 2005, 2007 (with Silvana Bazet).
Toronto Advanced Professional Education “Working with LGBTT” module in Working with Diversity Course, Fall 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
University of Toronto Group Skills Class Guest Speaker, November 2002, 2003
Lead trainer for CAMH’s Asking the Right Questions since Fall 2005.

Examples of academic writing:

BOOKS

Barbara, A., Chaim, G. and Doctor, F. (2004). Asking the Right Questions 2, Talking About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Mental Health and Addiction Settings. Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Barbara, A., Chaim, G., and Doctor, F. (2002). Asking the Right Questions, Talking About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity During Assessment for Drug and Alcohol Concerns. Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

BOOK REVIEWS

Social Services with Transgendered Youth, G Mallon. The Prevention Researcher vol. 8 (2001): 11.

Lesbians in Canada, S. Stone. Archives of Sexual Behaviour vol. 32. 5 (2003): 484-485.

CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS

Bazet, S. & Doctor, F. (2008). “Counselling Lesbian and Bisexual Women of Colour”. Working with Immigrant and Refugee Women: Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals. Guruge, S. & Collins, E. eds., Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Doctor, F. (2008). “The Rainbow Women’s Group: Reflections on Group Work with Lesbian, Bi and Transwomen Who Have Drug and Alcohol Concerns”. Women and Substance Use: Current Canadian Perspectives. Poole, N. & Greaves, L. eds., Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Doctor, F. (2004). “Working with LGBTTIQ People with Drug and Alcohol Concerns”. Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Practical Guide for Counsellors. Harrison S.& Carver V. eds., Toronto: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. 353-382.

Doctor, F. (2003). “Examining Links Between Drug and Alcohol Use and Experiences of Homophobia/Biphobia and Coming Out”. The Therapist's Notebook for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients, Whitman, J. & Boyd, C. eds., New York: The Haworth Clinical Practice Press. 262-267."

[Source: author's personal website (copied 24 Febrary 2012) http://www.farzanadoctor.com/consulti...]
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