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Ivan Coyote

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The author and performer Ivan Coyote discusses their new book, Tomboy Survival Guide (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016), with Joseph Planta.

Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Tomboy Survival Guide

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

Ivan Coyote joins me now. The acclaimed storyteller and author of ten previous books has just published a new book, Tomboy Survival Guide. It’s a memoir told in stories, and they are funny and moving, and tell us about this remarkable life thus far. Whether you’re someone who doesn’t fit in in the identities or labels that the culture, or society at large, the media, or your family foists on you, or you’re in for some laugh-out-loud trenchant humour, or you want to be touched by some of the people Ivan has encountered, there’s so much in this book. I read it chuckling at some of the marvelous lines Ivan Coyote has crafted, and I also read it weeping at some of the terrible situations that Ivan faced and faces. I felt affection for the members of the family around Ivan, especially their grandmother. The book is based on a stage show that has toured Canada, the United States and beyond. I learned a lot about gender nonconformity in this book, as well as about the struggles and challenges that trans people face in our society today. I’m sure you will too, so get it. Ivan Coyote is regarded as one of the country’s best storytellers. As a writer, performer and musician, Ivan has performed for audiences around the world. The many books Ivan has written have garnered good notices and countless awards. The website for more is at www.ivancoyote.com. Ivan will be participating in at least four events at this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest. Visit www.writersfest.bc.ca for tickets and information. The book is published by Arsenal Pulp Press. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Ivan Coyote; Ivan, good morning.