Jane has written on a broad range of topics relating to cities, politics, art and photography and LGBTQ history in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. She’s intrigued by stories of how spaces become places and how people connect to each other and their built environment in cities and neighbourhoods. Her love of history, biography, lexicography and politics were given free range in two editions of the Book of Lists. Wanted Words Volume 1 & 2 were a best-selling spin-off of the popular word game she devised while working as a CBC radio producer.

Writing

• Co-editor – Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer (May 2017) Coach House Press
• Co-writer – Canadian Book of Lists – 2017 (October 2017) Random House/Knopf
• Co-writer – Canadian Book of Lists – 2005 Random House/Knopf
• Creator and editor of ‘Wanted Words’, Volume 1 & 2, a popular CBC radio segment, 1999 – 2002

Radio

• Host of CBC Radio One’s ‘Workology’, a series about the modern workplace, 2001 – 2003
• Host of CBC Radio One’s ‘Home’, a series about the social construction of domesticity, 2003
• Host of CBC Radio One’s ‘The Omnivore’, a series on eating and drinking, 2005
• Host of CBC Radio One’s ‘And Sometimes Y’, 2008 – 2009
• Producer of CBC Radio One’s The Sunday Edition, This Morning, Sounds like Canada, 1999 – 2007

Accolades

• Shortlist, 2017 Toronto Book Award – Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer (Coach House Press)
• Honourable Mention, 2018, Toronto Heritage Awards – Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer (Coach House Press)
• Silver Medal, New York Radio Awards, “The Brain and Language”, episode of ‘And Sometimes Y’ on CBC Radio One, 2009

“Any Other Way is an extraordinary book, and one of the most important collections of writing by Torontonians ever published. The editors have assembled contributions from members of Toronto’s LGBTQ2S communities, who tell the stories of their lives, often in the face of ostracization, alienation, and abuse. It is impossible to come away from this book without realizing that Toronto is a better city – more human, empathetic, and accepting – because of the people in this book.”

– Toronto Book Award Jury