Catherine Hernandez


Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, radical mother, activist, actor, playwright, and author. Her first novel, Scarborough, draws on her experience as a home daycare provider for children in the City of Scarborough. Scarborough follows the lives of three children who inhabit Toronto’s low-income east end. Bing lives under the shadow of his father’s mental illness, while his mother works tirelessly in a nearby nail salon. Sylvie, along with her family, rides the waves of the shelter system and the complications of special-needs education. Laura’s mother neglected her, and when she moves in with her father, her situation worsens. Ms Hina, a compassionate community worker, works with limited resources to enhance the lives of her students, despite the severe poverty, drug use, and crime that affect the lives of her innocent charges. Scarborough is a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award and the Half the World Global Literati Award, and was a co-winner of the the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award for Fiction in 2015. Catherine lives in Toronto.