Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

27sep10:40 am11:00 amFeaturedVirtual EventThe Name I Call MyselfHasan Namir, Jeff Szpirglas10:40 am - 11:00 am EST

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A reading with author Hasan Namir from The Name I Call Myself. Ages 4-7.

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Hasan Namir

Hasan Namir was born in Iraq in 1987 and came to Canada at a young age. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English. His debut novel God in Pink won the Lambda Literary Award for gay fiction in 2016. He is also the author of the poetry book War/Torn. He lives in Vancouver.

Jeff Szpirglas

Jeff Szpirglas is the author of over 20 books for young readers, including the recent “Tales From Beyond The Brain” series from Orca and the “Countdown to Danger” series from Scholastic Canada. He writes about films and film music for Rue Morgue Magazine, including the just-released Planet Wax: Classic Sci-Fi/Fantasy Soundtracks on Vinyl from 1984 Publishing. Amazingly he also finds the time to be a) husband, b) father, and c) full time classroom teacher. Follow him, if you dare, at jeffszpirglas.com.


The Name I Call Myself

Moving from age six to adolescence, The Name I Call Myself touchingly depicts Edward’s tender, solitary gender journey to Ari: a new life distinguished and made meaningful by self-acceptance and unconditional love. Throughout this beautiful and engaging picture book, we watch Ari grow up before our very eyes as they navigate the ins and outs of their gender identity; we see how, as a child, they prefer dolls and princess movies, and want to grow out their hair, though their father insists on cutting it short, “because that’s what boys look like.” Who will Ari become?

AuthorHasan Namir


(Sunday) 10:40 am - 11:00 am EST