Name: Lori Pederson, Library Coordinator – ATC Campus
Hagar Toy, Public Services Assistant – ATC Campus
Which book did you choose?
Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote
Ivan Coyote is a celebrated storyteller. The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote “a natural-born storyteller” and the Ottawa Xpress once said that “Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.” Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Tomboy Survival Guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, about how they learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for those of us who don’t fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels.
Lori, can you tell us why you chose this book?
I like memoirs and fiction, particularly when the person has overcome difficulties in their lives with not fitting in to society in some way.
Lori, we’d love to hear more about the books you have read in the past. Could you share a few favorites?
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper
One on One by Tabitha King
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
The Vacationers by Emma Straub