A Recipe for Anything

Moderator: Ivan Coyote

A Recipe for Anything

Tuesday, Oct 20
Live on Zoom

Anything can happen during a pandemic lockdown. In kitchens there are unprecedented bouts of baking. On computer screens there are virtual concerts and online choir practices. On balconies and front porches pots are banged, and songs are sung across alleys and courtyards to honour and connect with each other. In the streets we gather worldwide for demonstrations that shine the spotlight on systemic racism, and reveal the potential for revolution in all of our hearts. How do we navigate through all of this, and greet an unknowable future? Join this array of exceptional writers and thinkers—Jillian Christmas, Cicely Belle Blain, andrea bennett and Lorna Crozier—as they bring us some of their very own recipes, blueprints, or to-do lists for these times.

This event is presented in partnership with the Read Local BC campaign. #BCBooks

Event Participants:

andrea bennett

British Columbia

ANDREA BENNETT is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and editor and the author of one book of poetry, Canoodlers, and two travel guides, Montreal and Quebec City. Like a Boy but Not a Boy is bennett’s first book of essays.

Presented thanks to the support of RBC.

Cicely Belle Blain

British Columbia / United Kingdom

CICELY BELLE BLAIN is a Black/mixed, queer femme from London now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. They are noted for co-founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one of BCBusiness magazine’s 30 under 30. They are now the CEO of Cicely Blain Consulting, a social justice-informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with over 100 clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Jillian Christmas

British Columbia

JILLIAN CHRISTMAS is a queer, afro-caribbean writer living on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC), where she works as Speaker Coordinator at Cicely Blain Consulting, and served for six years as artistic director of Verses Festival of Words. She has won numerous Grand Poetry Slam Championship titles and represented both Toronto and Vancouver at eleven national poetry events, notably breaking ground as the first Canadian to perform on the final stage of the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Ivan Coyote

British Columbia / Ontario

IVAN COYOTE is the author, co-author or co-editor of twelve books, including Tomboy Survival Guide, which was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book, and longlisted for Canada Reads in 2018. They are also the creator of four short films, three albums that combine storytelling with music, and six full-length theatre productions. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and an audience favourite at storytelling, literary, film, and folk music festivals. Ivan was recently named the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity at the University of Western Ontario. Their latest book, Rebent Sinner, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2019.

Lorna Crozier

British Columbia

LORNA CROZIER is the author of numerous books of poetry, including God of Shadows, The Wrong Cat, Small Mechanics and the Governor General’s Literary Award winning Inventing the Hawk. She has received the Canadian Authors Association Award, three Pat Lowther Memorial Awards and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been acknowledged for her contributions to Canadian literature, her teaching and her mentoring with five honourary doctorates.