Carmen Aguirre is an author, actor and playwright currently living in Vancouver, B.C. Aguirre came to Canada when she was six years old. She returned to Chile as a young woman to join the underground resistance movement against the country's military dictatorship. She returned to Canada in 1990, where she began working as an actor, playwright and writer. She has written and co-written 25 plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Refugee Hotel and Blue Box.
Aguirre is the author of two memoirs: Something Fierce and Mexican Hooker #1. Something Fierce won Canada Reads 2012, when it was defended by Shad.
Books by Carmen Aguirre
Interviews with Carmen Aguirre
"Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since The Revolution" picks up where Carmen Aguirre's celebrated memoir "Something Fierce" left off. Loaded with hard lessons and painful memories, the book revisits everything from broken oaths of silence to a face-to-face conversation with the man who raped her. Aguirre joins Shad to discuss her powerful account of past traumas, how she's reclaimed them to tell her own story, and why she didn't grow up thinking that breaking down was an option. 22:50 Carmen Aguirre always wanted to be an actor, and to do that she had deal first with trauma in her childhood. The author of Mexican Hooker #1 joins Portia Clark in conversation on Radio Active. 7:54 Carmen Aguirre on her latest memoir. 13:46