Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Doors at 7:00pm - Event at 7:30pm
Alice MacKay Room - VPL Central Branch - 350 W. Georgia Street
Bif Naked (BC)
Bif Naked was born in India and raised in the United States and Canada, spending many of her formative years in Winnipeg. After fronting the underground bands Gorilla Gorilla and Chrome Dog, Bif became a prominent alternative artist, performer and songwriter. She has also appeared on film and TV, on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In her memoir, Bif Naked recounts her ironically named “charmed life.” Born in India to a family that rejected her, Bif made her way to North America, where she was targeted by girl gangs, faced abuse and drug addiction. Through it all, music was her escape, and Bif’s ability to transform her life stories into song lyrics helped her to become an international recording artist by age 23. At 37, when Bif was struck with breast cancer, she discovered her passion for advocacy, as a triumphant survivor and someone who helps others first. This is her story so far.
Betsy Warland (BC)
Betsy Warland is the author of eleven books of poetry and creative nonfiction. Her bestselling 2010 book, Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing, is a collection of twenty-four essays about writing. The Globe & Mail review wrote, “receive an infusion of passion, courage and devotion to the joys, rigours and purpose of the creative life.”
Oscar of Between
In 2007, Betsy Warland set out on a quest to experience life and tell her story as a “person of between,” which she details in her new memoir. Taking on the name Oscar, she is able to make sense of her self and the events and forces that have shaped her: from growing up in the rural Midwest, to being queer, to getting divorced, writing and everything in between. A contemporary Orlando, Oscar of Between extends beyond the author’s personal narrative, pushing boundaries of form, and by doing so, invents new ways to see ourselves.
Carmen Aguirre (BC)
Carmen Aguirre is a multiple-award winning theatre artist and author who has written and co-written twenty-five plays. Her first book, the critically-acclaimed Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, was a #1 national bestseller in Canada. Carmen has eighty film, TV, and stage acting credits, including a lead role in the indie favourite Quinceanera, winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
Mexican Hooker # 1
Fierce, funny and enlightening, Carmen Aguirre’s memoir interweaves her account of overcoming the brutal attack she experienced at thirteen with a host of stories of life and love. From her ill-advised marriage to a beautiful basketball player to the all-consuming days at drama school; from the end of the Chilean revolutionary dream to life among the Chicanos of Los Angeles; from the child who was made the victim of a terrible crime to the artist who found the courage to confront her assailant, Carmen tells a story of strength and survival that will leave you speechless.