Word on the Street Fall Reading Series: Desmond Cole

Word on the Street Fall Reading Series: Desmond Cole

Date: November 26, 2020 at 7:00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom

In his 2015 cover story for Toronto Life magazine, Desmond Cole exposed the racist actions of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times he had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding. The story quickly came to national prominence, shaking the country to its core and catapulting its author into the public sphere. Cole used his newfound profile to draw insistent, unyielding attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis.

Both Cole’s activism and journalism find vibrant expression in his first book, The Skin We’re In. Puncturing the bubble of Canadian smugness and naive assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country.

Join the library for an author interview with Desmond Cole, as we discuss his book: The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power.