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Susan G. Cole

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Susan is a journalist, author, playwright and former senior entertainment editor at NOW. A graduate of Harvard, where she co-founded the university’s first women’s collective, Susan is a feminist activist and musician – she started Toronto’s first all-women rock band in 1978 – with a focus on violence against women. She has written two books on the subject, Pornography And The Sex Crisis and Power Surge: Sex, Violence And Pornography (both Second Story Press). Her play, the groundbreaking comedy A Fertile Imagination about two lesbians trying to have a baby, has been produced seven times across the country and she has edited Outspoken, a collection of scenes and monologues from Canadian lesbian plays (Playwrights Canada Press). She writes about film and politics and is currently NOW’s contributing books editor.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/susangcole

Work In Progress

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Abby McEnany's smart comedy series about an anxiety-ridden lesbian in her mid-40s thrives on disrupting assumptions Read more

Reviews

From The Testaments to Ian Williams's Giller Prize winner, this year gave us exceptional novels from veteran writers and rising stars Read more

Books

Every Day She Rose, 2019

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Black Lives Matters’ action at Pride shatters a friendship in this of-the-moment play that asks all the right questions Read more

Theatre

Copy That, Tarragon Theatre 2019

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This play proves there are themes a 50-something, white, male playwright should avoid Read more

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The Election

John Lauener

Inspired by Canada's 2015 federal election, Natasha Greenblatt and Yolanda Bonnell’s ensemble show will make you think twice before you slam the door on party canvassers Read more

Theatre

Girl From The North Country, 2019

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Great performances can’t save this gloomy, plot-challenged bore featuring Bob Dylan songs Read more

Musicals 5 Comments

Salman Rushdie

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

The famed author's Booker-shortlisted Quichotte encompasses the opioid crisis, reality TV and the end of the world Read more

Books

Margaret Atwood

Samuel Engelking

The Toronto author's highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale is more thrilling actioner than literary meditation Read more

Books

Including new books by Margaret Atwood, Debbie Harry, Robyn Doolittle, Salman Rushdie, Naomi Klein, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Edna O’Brien, Drew Hayden Taylor and more Read more

Books

From a queer Muslim memoir to a history of small-town Chinese restaurants in Canada, here are the season's essential titles Read more

Books

Michael Blake, Gordon S. Miller, Othello at Stratford Festival, 2019

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Nigel Shawn Williams's powerful production shifts the emphasis from jealousy to societal racism and misogyny Read more

Theatre

There may be some light at the end of this series’ very dark tunnel Read more

Reviews

Almerinda Travassos's inspiring film speaks to the need for lesbians – and everyone else – to know our political history Read more

Reviews

A lesbian couple tries a threesome to keep their relationship interesting, but this comedy is predictable Read more

Reviews

NOW Magazine's beloved theatre writer was remembered in a moving celebration Read more

Theatre

Johanna Fateman Andrea Dworkin

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Art critic and Le Tigre co-founder Johanna Fateman helps put the second-wave feminist writer back in the conversation with Last Days At Hot Slit Read more

Books

Aisha Jamal skilfully navigates intergenerational tensions in this quirky film set in Kandahar, Saskatchewan Read more

Reviews

American Communist Party members look back at their lives in this essential film about political activism in the United States Read more

Reviews

Yaser Talebi's beautifully shot film will surprise you in all the best ways Read more

Reviews

Director Rama Rau finds a powerful emotional force in a midwife Neelam Bala Read more

Reviews

Susan G. Cole interviews Affinity Konar, author of MISCHLING on November 2nd at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto! Read more

NOW in the media

Susan G. Cole interviews Michael Coren about his new book Epiphany: A Christian's Change of Heart & Mind over Same-Sex Marriage on May 16th at North York Central Library! Read more

NOW in the media

Susan G. Cole hosts BURST: New Voices in Canadian Literature at Pages Unbound Festival on May 6th at AGO's Jackman Hall! Read more

NOW in the media

Micah White, co-creator and driving force behind 'Occupy Wall Street' talks with Susan G. Cole on March 17th at Toronto Reference Library! Read more

NOW in the media

This month's TIFF Critics Night guest, Susan G. Cole introduces a screening of Mustang on January 26th! Read more

NOW in the media

Win a pair of tickets to see non-fiction writer Åsne Seierstad in conversation with NOW's Susan G. Cole on October 28th at Lakeside Terrace! Read more

Art & Books