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Catherine Hernandez (she/her) is an award-winning author and critically acclaimed screenwriter. She is a proud queer woman who is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian descent and married into the Navajo Nation. Her first novel, Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press), won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript; was a finalist for several awards including Canada Reads 2022. Her children’s books include M Is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book (Flamingo Rampant), I Promise (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Where Do Your Feelings Live? (HarperCollins Canada). She wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Scarborough, produced by Compy Films and levelFILM, which was nominated for 11 Canadian Screen Awards and won 8 including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Her second novel, Crosshairs, (HarperCollins Canada, Atria Books US, Jacaranda Books UK), was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award and made the CBC’s Best Canadian Fiction, NOW Magazine’s 10 Best Books, Indigo Best Book, Audible Best Audiobooks and NBC 20 Best LGBTQ Books list of 2020. She is currently working on a few television projects and two novels.


Author Catherine Hernandez will examine embodied allyship as illustrated in her novel Crosshairs and her renowned TEDxToronto Talk. Participants will get the opportunity to create a daily practice training the body towards creating sincere and sustainable change, and discuss the book in an in-depth talkback.

Catherine’s novel, Scarborough, is required reading for a number of universities from Brock to Queen’s to University of Toronto. Part literary reading, part discussion, students of social work, nursing, early childhood education, teacher’s education, law and more learn to engage and outreach with communities in ways that are responsible, sustainable and mutually beneficial.

Catherine allows artists of all backgrounds and skill levels to decolonize their practice by doing several exercises that distract the colonized voice within and allow their true voice to emerge . This workshop for artists in the literary, theatre and dance industries has been done for various organizations such as Sherbourne Health Centre, University of Toronto and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. The focus can be movement or writing depending on the organization’s requests.

Other subjects include:

– Self-care and body pride

– Adapting books to film and television

– Public speaking for authors and artists

To book Catherine Hernandez, contact Rob Firing at