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 was a finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award, and was a co-winner of the the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award for Fiction in 2015. Catherine’s next novel, Crosshairs, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2020. She lives in Toronto.