Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya’s body of work includes albums, films, and books. She is the author of the young-adult collection God Loves Hair, the novel She of the Mountains, the poetry book even this page is white, and the children’s picture book (with Rajni Perera) The Boy & the Bindi, as well as I’m Afraid of Men and What I Love About Being QUEER. She is the founder and editor of Arsenal Pulp Press’s imprint VS. Books, dedicated to work by young black, Indigenous, and writers of colour. A four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Shraya was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal and is currently featured in the 2019 MAC Cosmetics Canadian Originals campaign. She is a director on the board of the Tegan & Sara Foundation and is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Calgary.

Twitter:  @vivekshraya
Instagram: @vivekshraya

I’m so grateful for Vivek’s voice. It feels like a natural for comics.” — Jillian Tamaki


Death Threat

In the fall of 2017, Vivek Shraya began receiving vivid and disturbing transphobic hate mail from a stranger. Illustrator Ness Lee brings these letters and Shraya’s responses to them to life in <em>Death Threat</em>, a comic book that, by its existence, becomes a compelling act of resistance. Using satire and surrealism, <em>Death Threat</em> is an unflinching portrayal of violent harassment from the perspective of both the perpetrator and the target, illustrating the dangers of online accessibility and the ease with which vitriolic hatred can be spread digitally.
<h3>DIVE DEEPER</h3>
<li>“Review: I'm Afraid Of Men is required reading for straight white guys” — <a href=""><em>NOW Toronto</em></a></li>
<li>“Vivek Shraya confronts hate and harassment with new graphic novel, Death Threat” — <a href=""><em>Calgary Herald</em></a></li>
<li>“Vivek Shraya Transforms Her Long-Festering Fears of Men into Cultural Rocket Fuel” — <a href=""><em>Vanity Fair</em></a></li>


7 PM
Graphic Novels Showcase
Oct 17 @ 7 PM MT - 8:30 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW