Catherine Hernandez made her debut as an author with the release of Scarborough. The book won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript, before becoming published and making many Best of 2017 lists. The book has been optioned for film with Catherine writing the screenplay.

Hernandez is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian heritage and she is married into the Navajo Nation. In addition to her work an author, Catherine has also wrote and produced multiple plays including the one-woman show, The Femme Playlist. Catherine has also wrote children’s books including M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book.

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Scarborough is about a low-income, culturally diverse neighborhood in Toronto. The book uses a multitude of voices to tell the story of this tight-knit neighborhood that comes under fire. From Victor, a black artist who is harrased by the police; to Winsum, a West Indian restuarant worker; to Hina, a Muslim school worker; and the kids in the neighborhood who do their best to rise above the system that is constantly failing them. This book is a slice of life of a troubled Toronto community that simply refuses to be undone by the world around them.

Hernandez followed that book up with Crosshairs. Set in a near-future where massive floods have lead to homelessness and devastation. Now, a government-sanctioned group known as The Boots is using this time to round up communities of color, the disabled, and the LGBTQ+ to put into labor camps. With all regimes, there is also a resistance and this resistance gets a hero in the form of Kay, a former drag queen; Bahadur, a transmasculine refugee; and Firuzeh, a headstrong social worker. The group is lead in combat by Beck, a rogue army officer, who helps the group plan an uprising at a major televised international event.

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