Writer, Playwright, Theatre Creator
Welcome to my website. I am the author and editor of books and plays that work to create dialogue around racism, anti-Semitism, cis-heteronormativity and settler colonialism, particularly in schooling.
I am also the Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions, an independent, Toronto-based theatre company where research meets theatre and theatre meets research.
Raised in Montreal, I have lived in Toronto since 1985 where I work as a professor at the Ontario Institute of Studies for Education. I am the current Vice Principal of New College at the University of Toronto.
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At age 10, Luisa is separated from her birth country and family when she is adopted and transported from Colombia to Canada. Seven years later Luisa still has questions. Why did her mamá die of pneumonia when antibiotics could have saved her? Why did her papá disappear? When a long-awaited trip to Bogotá is suddenly cancelled, Luisa leaves Toronto without permission to return to the orphanage she last knew as home. Determined to find answers and reconnect with her birth family, Luisa risks alienating her adopted family to make a place for herself in Bogotá, the home of her heart.
At age 16, Nana Lottie flees Nazi Germany through the Kindertransport Program, where she comes to England to wait for her parents to rejoin her. Caught up in the brutal violence of the Shoah, they never come. After losing her entire family, Lottie needs to find a way to carry on.
Spanning borders from Colombia to Canada, Germany to England, a grandmother and her granddaughter, both survivors of state violence, search for family and a place to call home.
Tara talks to Jenny Salisbury about the novel.