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Daniel Allen Cox: I Felt the End Before it Came


Tue Jun 06, 2023
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
60 mins



Daniel Allen Cox joins us to discuss his new memoir, I Felt the End Before It Came: Memoirs of a Queer Ex-Jehovah's Witness. Daniel grew up with firm lines around what his religion considered unacceptable: celebrating birthdays and holidays; voting in elections, pursuing higher education, and other forays into independent thought. Their opposition to blood transfusions would have consequences for his mother, just as their stance on homosexuality would for him.

With great candour and disarming self awareness, Cox takes readers on a journey from his early days as a solicitous door to door preacher in Montreal to a stint in New York City, where he's swept up in a scene of photographers and hustlers blurring the line between art and pornography. The culmination of years spent both processing and avoiding a complicated past, I Felt the End Before It Came reckons with memory and language just as it provides a blueprint to surviving a litany of Armageddons.

Question and answer session and book signing to follow.

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About Daniel Allen Cox
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This event is part of our signature Salon Series, where we host local and international authors, artists and thinkers in conversation about their new books and big ideas.

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