Yes, You Can!

S.K. Ali, Cherie Dimaline, Arushi Raina

Yes, You Can!
Event Number: 46
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

Yes, You Can!

S.K. Ali, Cherie Dimaline, Arushi Raina

Thursday, October 19
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St.

Kids often feel disenfranchised, but they’ll leave today feeling empowered and inspired. Whether fighting against stereotypes, government oppression or inequalities of race and religion, young people—even those too young to vote—can make a big difference. Today’s three authors have created strong characters standing up to forces greater than themselves. S.K. Ali’s Saints & Misfits features a Muslim teen who exposes social stigmas as she navigates both Muslim and non-Muslim communities. In Cherie Dimaline’s speculative tale, an Indigenous 15-year-old and his companions realize they hold the cure to widespread madness in their bone marrow. And Arushi Raina’s When Morning Comes explores the roots of the Soweto Uprising from the points of view of four young people living in Johannesburg in 1976. Yes, you can make a difference!

Suitable for grades 8-12 and adults.

Presented with Vancity.

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Event Participants:

S.K. Ali


S.K. Ali’s insightful work on Muslim culture has appeared in the Toronto Star. Many of her family members are scholars who consistently appear on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World lists. Saints and Misfits, Ali’s timely debut novel, follows a sharp and relatable Muslim teen as she forms her identity through family, faith and friends and finds the strength to speak her truth.


Cherie Dimaline


Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor from the Georgian Bay community. Her award-winning fiction has been published and anthologized internationally. She has edited numerous publications including Spirit, FNH, Muskrat Magazine and FACE. Dimaline was named the first Writer in Residence in Aboriginal Literature for the Toronto Public Library. She also coordinates the annual Indigenous Writers’ Gathering in Toronto. The Marrow Thieves is Dimaline’s newest dystopic sci-fi novel aimed at young adults in which global warming has devastated the planet and the Indigenous people of North America are hunted for their bone marrow.


Arushi Raina


Arushi Raina grew up in South Africa, and by the age of 25, has lived in Egypt, Nigeria, India, the US, UK and, most recently, Canada. She had tried to write a novel since high school, and she finally succeeded during her Economics and English degree in New York. Her well-researched debut novel, When Morning Comes, is from the perspective of four very different young people living in Johannesburg in 1976, the year of the Soweto Uprising that challenged the apartheid in South Africa.