Shawn Hitchins (The Light Streamed Beneath It) in conversation with Tommy Smythe


Toronto Public Library

Claire Pokorchak - - 4166943348

The Light Streamed Beneath It: A Memoir of Grief and Celebration is the much-anticipated new book from celebrated Canadian writer and performer Shawn Hitchins, author of the hilarious A Brief History of Oversharing (ECW Press) and his one-man show, Ginger Nation.

In this deeply poignant memoir that combines sober self-portrait with tender elegy, The Light Streamed Beneath It explores the messiness of being alive after Shawn loses two great loves to sudden death a mere five months apart. The author weaves a heartbreaking yet hopeful tale full of tenacious spirit, humor, kindness, and grit through life's most unforgiving challenges.

Shawn appears in conversation with beloved Canadian designer and TV personality Tommy Smythe to discuss his work, upcoming projects, and the resilience of life after death. An audience Q&A session will follow.

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Event Details

Start Date October 18, 2021
End DateOctober 18, 2021
Time7:00pm - 8:00pm