The Value and Creativity of Queer Stories presented by Roar Cat Reads

A virtual discussion of the value of queer stories for queer, straight, and questioning audiences as well as a celebration of queer creativity across genre. Tune in to hear local authors Danny Ramadan, Tonya Boteju and more discuss their work and offer reading lists of their favorite 2SLGBTQAI+ books. Watch live on twitch.tv/roarcatreads to win prizes!

This entire event will be interpreted in ASL.

On the Stage

Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ-refugees advocate. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won multiple awards. His children’s Book Salma the Syrian Chef, continues to receive accolades. Both books were translated to multiple languages. His short stories and essays appeared in publications across North America and Europe. Ramadan’s forthcoming novel, The Foghorn Echoes (2022), and his memoir, Crooked Teeth (2024), to be released by Penguin Random House. Through his fundraising efforts, Ramadan raised over $200,000 for Syrian LGBTQ+ identifying refugees. Ramadan graduated from UBC with an MFA in Creative Writing, and lives in Vancouver with his husband, Matthew Ramadan. He currently serves as the Writer-in-Residence at the Haig-Brown House in Campbell River, BC.

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, BC). Part-time, she teaches English to clever and sassy young people. The rest of her time, she writes and procrastinates from writing. Her novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens (Simon & Schuster, 2019), was named a Top Ten Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association. Her new YA novel, Bruised (Simon & Schuster, 2021), has been selected as a Gold Standard book by the Junior Library Guild. In both teaching and writing, she is committed to complex, diverse representation.

Tricia McGarrah (she/her) is a counsellor by profession and the co-founder of Roar Cat Reads, a website and community for queer nerdy people, by hobby. In both cases, she is driven by the desire to create safe spaces for people to share their stories and be themselves. She is most proud of creating Adventure Queers, a blog series interviewing self-identified queer nerds about their interests, and of coordinating Roar Cat Reads’ first biannual D&D Charity Livestream, which raised over $3,000 for Rainbow Refugee. Check out the community at www.roarcatreads.com.

Michelle Osgood lives and writes in Vancouver, BC. Her writing has appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica. She is best known for her series The Better to Kiss You With, including The Better to Kiss You With, Huntsmen, and Moon Illusion.