Teresa Toten is a young adult author best known for her Blonde books—Better than Blonde, Me and the Blondes, and the upcoming Beyond Blonde. Her books may be about those who win the inclusion jackpot—ah, to be young, blonde, and beautiful—but she was surprised to discover that it wasn’t those girls coming to her book launches, reading her books, and being touched by her stories. It was girls who felt like outsiders, who felt like they never belonged. Girls, like Teresa, who weren’t born in Canada. (Teresa was born in Zagreb, Croatia.) This experience inspired her latest project, an anthology about growing up and fitting in, Piece by Piece: Stories About Fitting into Canada. Books about growing up and fitting in are published every day. But this book, like the contributors in it, is different.
Small Print will launch Piece by Piece on Sunday afternoon with a performance mash-up, bringing together contributors from the book, and kids with their own stories to tell, for what should be some unforgettable performance pieces.
Teresa spoke with Books@Torontoist over the phone about the book and Sunday’s launch.
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