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Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia (Vancouver)
Cost: Free but register at writers.fest.ca
Racial profiling, inequity, bias: Award-winning journalist and activist Desmond Cole is one of Canada’s most prominent and influential writers on the experiences of Black Canadians. Joined by the esteemed Barbara Chirinos, founder of VIFF’s Black History Month film series, Cole will share a provocative exploration of his highly-anticipated debut The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power, reporting on a single year in Canada politically and personally: spanning policing practices, education and immigration systems, as well as welfare and entrenched, systemic inequality. Join us for a rousing, potent discussion.
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Incite is presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest and the Vancouver Public Library with support from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.
About the author:
Desmond Cole is an award-winning journalist, radio host, and activist in Toronto. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Toronto Life, The Walrus, NOW Magazine, Ethnic Aisle, Torontoist, BuzzFeed, and the Ottawa Citizen. He hosts a weekly radio program every Sunday on Newstalk 1010. The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power is his first book.
About the interviewer:
Barbara Chirinos is an independent Curator and Producer. Her recent projects include programming and executing the Battered Women’s 40 Years Later gala at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre, featuring Tarana Burke, founder of the #ME TOO Movement. She also served as Production Coordinator for the 1st Annual Feminists Deliver Conference, bringing together an array of Canadian and North American social justice activists and delegates, and is the founder and co-curator for VIFF Celebrates Black History Month, entering its 8th year at the Vancity Theatre. Barbara served as Executive Director of the Granville Island Cultural Society and as Managing Director of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. She currently teaches Festival Management at Capilano University and sits on the boards of The Vancouver Jazz Festival, The Bridge Society, Working Spark Theatre and Haida Gwaii Film Festival.