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One Book One SFU: Tomboy Survival Guide

Images of Tegan Quin and Ivan Coyote

Simon Fraser University Library is pleased to announce Ivan Coyote's Tomboy Survival Guide as our next pick for One Book One SFU.

Join us for an evening of reading and conversation with Ivan Coyote and Tegan Quin as they discuss Coyote's poignant memoir.

"An emotionally powerful memoir by a great storyteller about normal life." —The Globe and Mail

"Speaking for those who have had 'difference squeezed or pounded or prayed' out of them and of being 'trapped in a world that makes very little space for bodies like mine,' Coyote is by turn eloquent, provocative, and persuasive." —Vancouver Sun

"A wryly confessional memoir... by turns raw, bittersweet, and funny." —Publishers Weekly

Borrow the book: Copies of Tomboy Survival Guide are available to all members of the SFU community at SFU Burnaby's W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Vancouver's Belzberg Library, and SFU Surrey's Fraser Library.

About the speakers

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 twenty years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam. 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 stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Tegan Quin is a musician and half of the Canadian indie pop band, Tegan and Sara. Tegan and Sara have sold more than one million albums, and have received seven Gold certifications, one Double Platinum certification, three Juno Awards, two Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination. They have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from the 2015 Oscar Telecast to major festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury. Tegan has openly identified as queer since the beginning of her career in 1998, and has been an outspoken feminist advocate for LGBTQ equality and gender justice. Tegan is a board member of the Girls Rock Camp Foundation and have supported several LGBTQ organizations over the past two decades. The Tegan And Sara Foundation is an extension of Tegan and Sara's work, identity and longstanding commitment to supporting and building progressive social change.

Listen to the conversation

Watch the evening of reading and conversation with Ivan Coyote and Tegan Quin.



Ivan Coyote & Tegan Quin


February 22


7PM (All ticket holders to be seated by 6:45PM. Unclaimed seats will be released to waitlisted guests at 6:45PM)


Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C.

Registration information

This event is sold out. Please join the wait-list here.

Ticket Holders: Doors open at 6:15PM. As this SFU Library event is free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your ticket reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend you arrive early. 


SFU Library, Tegan and Sara Foundation, Vancity Office of Community Engagement SFU Woodward's, Pulpfiction Books

Contact for further information

Please contact Baharak Yousefi by email: byousefi at

Accessibility information

  • Goldcorp Centre for the Arts is accessible by either the Hastings Street or Cordova Courtyard entrances. The Hastings Street entrance is at ground level, while the Cordova Courtyard entrance can be accessed by a ramp outside the Woodward's Westbank Atrium. The entrance to the ramp is across from JJ Bean Coffee, under the Stan Douglas Mural. Inside the building all venues are accessible by elevator. Wheelchair spots are limited, so please notify the Front of House Manager (FOH) as soon as you arrive at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Any usher or greeter at the door should be able to contact the FOH, who will then make your seating arrangements.
  • In order to create a space where people with multiple chemical sensitivities can participate, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products.
  • Bathrooms at this venue are all-gender and accessible.
  • If you have any requests, concerns, or questions concerning accessibility at this event, please contact Baharak Yousefi by email: byousefi at