Queer stereotypes. Bring your most hated!
Thurs., Sept 22, 7pm
24 Downie St., 2nd fl.
"Good writers want to avoid perpetuating myths and we could use some help!" says Stratford author Bettianne Hedges.
"Come to the Stratford Pride Community Centre prepared with your best examples of gay stereotyping. Let’s get together and have a conversation to help debunk these myths and improve our reading experience."
Bettianne will also be reading from her new book The Practise of Her Profession, available at Fanfare Books. This event is PWYC.
The evening has won the backing of the National Public Readings Program of the Writers' Union of Canada, with the assistance of the Canada Council For The Arts
C.J. Banks (they/she/he) is a queer neurodivergent elder millennial who writes queer romances, reads queer romances, and lives a pretty awesome queer romance. They enjoy romances that range from light and fluffy to gut wrenching rip your heart out emotional. They enjoy other creative art outlets like digital art, spinning yarn, and painting while drinking wine and singing ABBA loud and off key with friends. Two themes in their books are bad puns and mental health. Writing about realistic and hopeful mental health conversations is important to them. Conversations like normalizing therapy, setting healthy relationship boundaries, and finding laughter wherever you can. Laughing is important. They are the family’s residential dad joke specialist, much to their spouse’s chagrin. And remember, if you read and get lit tonight, bring a reading buddy, check your shelf, and don’t get dewy decimated. ISBN a pleasure chaptering with you.
Dad Jokes & Pine Cones
*** Shortlisted for the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer’s Prize 2022 ***
Widowed musician and single dad Wishes thought he’d never get his life Bach together again. Enter Ronan stage left. Balancing his career, his mental health, and getting his daughter to school on time, Wishes longs for another set of hands to duet life with. When Ronan proposes a childcare trade-off, Wishes leaps at the opportunity. After all, single dads need to support each other, right? Spending time with Ronan and his son gives Wishes’ life harmony, and thrusts him into panic mode. The timing between his grief and desire for Ronan is offbeat. He doesn’t know if he’s ready for a new love song, or if Ronan can Handel his secrets. Little does Wishes know, Ronan has a cacophony of secrets of his own… One widowed single dad + One divorced single dad = Dad jokes, adorableness, steamy times, and a boatload of baggage. “Often hilarious, frequently touching and sweet, sometimes emotionally gut-wrenching, Dad Jokes & Pine Cones is one of the best romances I’ve ever read.” - Felicity George, Author of A Lady’s Risk Content warnings: 1. Canadian spelling. We love to mix and match US and UK spelling with a smattering of French words. 2. This book, while funny and endearing, discusses heavy topics such as mental health issues, on-page panic and trauma triggered attacks, grief, death, addictions (historical), abuse (historical with flashbacks), suicide (flashbacks), drunk driving (historical and a tiny on page), and homophobia (historical and on page). 3. There’s swearing. A good smattering of F-bombs.