Love Sucks

Moderator: Susin Nielsen

Event Number: 04
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
Student Groups: $9.50

Love Sucks

Tuesday, Oct 22
10:15am - 11:45am
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

High school is tough enough as it is, but throw in on-again-off-again relationships, arranged marriages and family tragedy, and you’ve got a whole new world of heartbreak. In Sabina Khan’s The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, seventeen-year-old Rukhsana’s relationship with her girlfriend is turned upside-down when her conservative family tries to find her a husband. In Canada Reads finalist Brian Francis’ YA debut, Break in Case of Emergency, Toby Goodman must pick up the pieces after the loss of her mother, while Freddy Riley learns how to ditch toxic relationships in Mariko Tamaki’s Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. These authors speak to the diversity and messiness of love—and finding the strength to build the relationships we need.

About the moderator:
Susin Nielsen got her start writing for the hit TV series Degrassi Junior High. She is the award-winning author of six novels, including Word Nerd, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, We Are All Made of Molecules and No Fixed Address. She’s been called the John Green of Canada, and had a dream once that John Green was called the Susin Nielsen of the U.S. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats.

Event Participants:

Brian Francis


Brian Francis‘s second novel, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of 2011. His first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist and is an Amazon and 49th Shelf “100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime” title. This fall, his YA novel debut, Break in Case of Emergency, will be published by HarperCollins Canada.

Sabina Khan

British Columbia

Sabina Khan is the author of The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali, a YA Contemporary, out now from Scholastic. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband and three daughters, one of whom is a fur baby.,@Sabina_Writer

Mariko Tamaki


Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer of comics and prose. She is the co-creator with Jillian Tamaki of Skim and of Caldecott and Printz Honor book This One Summer. Mariko also writes about superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics. She lives in Oakland, California.