Ivan Coyote is an award-winning author of 11 books, and creator of four short films and three albums that combine storytelling and music. The Ottawa Xpress once said that ‘Coyote is to Canadian literature what k.d. lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture’. Join Ivan in conversation with Amelia Lush about the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity, family, class, social justice and queer liberation.

Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney, and Macquarie University.

Ivan Coyote (International)

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Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writers, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Australia.

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. Ivan’s eleventh book is Tomboy Survival Guide and recently was awarded a Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association, and was long-listed for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Amelia Lush (Australian)

Amelia Lush is the manager of Better Read Than Dead in Newtown, Sydney and has been working in bookstores for nearly a decade. In 2016, she was named the Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year, and in 2014 won the Elizabeth Reilly Fellowship for Children's Bookselling.