Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

27sep3:45 pm4:15 pmVirtual EventThe Role I PlayedSean Fitz-Gerald, Sami Jo Small3:45 pm - 4:15 pm EST

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A special reading and interview with Sami Jo Small, superstar goaltender and author of The Role I Played with lauded sportswriter Sean Fitz-Gerald.

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Sami Jo Small

Sami Jo Small spent 10 years on Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team. As a veteran goaltender, she gives the reader behind-the-scenes insight into one of the most successful teams in women’s sports history.

Sean Fitz-Gerald

Sean Fitz-Gerald is a senior national writer for The Athletic. As a reporter, he has covered the Olympics, Pan American Games, Super Bowl, Grey Cup, NHL playoffs and the NBA playoffs. In 2015, he was named sportswriter of the year by Sports Media Canada. 


Before The Lights Go Out

An examination of Canada’s evolving relationship with the sport of hockey, which has become increasingly expensive — and less accessible — for families. Before the Lights Go Out is a moving, funny, yet unsettling picture of a sport at a crossroads. Fitz-Gerald’s warm but rigorous journalistic approach reads, in the end, like a letter to a troubled friend: it’s not too late to save hockey in this country, but who has the will to do it?

AuthorSean Fitz-Gerald

The Role I Played

Men’s hockey in Canada may hog the limelight, but interest in women’s hockey has never been higher. The Role I Played is a memoir of Sami Jo Small’s ten years with Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team. Beginning with her experience as a rookie at the first-ever women’s Olympic hockey tournament in Nagano in 1998 and culminating with Canada’s third straight Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, the veteran goaltender gives the reader behind-the-scenes insight into one of the most successful teams in sports history.

AuthorSami Jo Small


(Sunday) 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm EST