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Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez (she/her) is an award-winning author and 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 Her first novel, Scarborough, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript; was a finalist for the Toronto Book Awards, the Evergreen Forest of Reading Award, the Edmund White Award, and the Trillium Book Award; and was longlisted for Canada Reads. She has written the critically acclaimed plays Singkil, The Femme Playlist and Eating with Lola and the children’s books M Is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book and I Promise. She recently wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Scarborough, which is currently in post-production by Compy Films with support from Telefilm Canada and Reel Asian Film Festival. She is the creator of Audible Original’s audio sketch comedy series Imminent Disaster. Her second novel, Crosshairs, published simultaneously in Canada and the US and the UK this spring, 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. Her third children's book, Where Do Your Feelings Live? which is a guide for kids living through these scary times, has been commissioned by HarperCollins Canada and will be published in winter 2022. Headshot credit: Marko Kovacevic
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  • Nov 30 2021

    S05E03: 5 Things w/ Alia Rasul

    Host Alia Ceniza Rasul (The Tita Collective), sits down with a different comedian each week and asks them 5 THINGS about their art, work, and life. Listen to the stories behind the people and the jokes. This weeks episode features...
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  • May 20 2021

    Episode 02. Permission to grieve (with Catherine Hernandez)

    This week, Shohana sits down with award-winning author and screenwriter Catherine Hernandez to discuss embracing failure, tuning into our #Scorpio senses, and allowing ourselves to grieve. Follow Finders Grievers on Instagram & Twitter @findersgrievers
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