Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

27sep5:45 pm6:30 pmVirtual EventAngry Queer Somali BoyMohamed Abdulkarim Ali, Moderator: Yasmin Emery5:45 pm - 6:30 pm EST

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A reading from Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali, author of Angry Queen Somali Boy his memoir of coming to age as a queer man caught between traditions.

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Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali

Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and lived in the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands before immigrating to Canada as a teenager. He currently lives in Toronto. This is his first book.

Yasmin Emery

Yasmin Emery (she/her) is a writer, designer, and chronic multitasker. She works in publishing and lives in Toronto.


Angry Queer Somali Boy

Kidnapped by his father on the eve of Somalia’s societal implosion, Mohamed Ali was taken first to the Netherlands by his stepmother, and then later on to Canada. Unmoored from his birth family and caught between twin alienating forces of Somali tradition and Western culture, Mohamed must forge his own queer coming of age.

What follows in this fierce and unrelenting account is a story of one young man’s nascent sexuality fused with the violence wrought by displacement.

AuthorMohamed Abdulkarim Ali


(Sunday) 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm EST