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December 7, 2016
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Laurier prof to participate in CBC Canada Reads event

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Morgan Holmes, an associate professor in Laurierís Department of Sociology, will be joining other prominent scholars and writers in Toronto on Feb. 12 for an event celebrating CBCís annual Canada Reads competition.

Holmes, who has done extensive research in gender studies, sexuality and queer theory, gender identity and intersex issues, will be discussing Annabel, a novel by Canadian author Kathleen Winter. Holmes will perform a live reading of a passage from the book and then discuss some of the issues it raises in an interview with Gill Deacon, host of Here and Now on CBC Radio One. 

Annabel, which is one of the five contenders for the Canada Reads top prize, tells the story of an intersex baby born in rural Newfoundland in 1968. The baby is raised as a boy, but becomes unable to ignore the feminine part of his identity as he grows up. Published in 2010, the book is a national bestseller and winner of the Thomas Head Raddall Award.  

The Feb. 12 event will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library. Joining Holmes will be former Toronto mayor David Miller, jazz musician Juliet Dunn, Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services senior researcher Yogendra Shakya and the University of Torontoís First Nations House writer in residence Cherie Dimaline. Each speaker will do a live read and interview on one of the books selected as Canada Reads finalists. 

The interviews will be recorded and broadcast on Here and Now in the weeks leading up to Canada Reads. 

The event is part of a series of nationwide regional celebrations in advance of the Canada Reads competition, which will air on CBC March 3-6 and feature Canadian celebrity panelists defending each of the finalists.  

Admission to the Feb. 12 event is free; however, advanced registration is required. Click here to register. 

For more information on Canada Reads, click here.

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