That Lonely Section of Hell: A Community Discussion on Lessons Learned from The Failed investigation of a Serial Killer
That Lonely Section of Hell is former police detective Lori Shenher’s searing personal account of sexism, racism, and mishandling in Vancouver’s Missing and Murdered Women Investigation, which became the largest serial killer investigation in Canadian history.
In this evening panel, Shenher, Senator Larry Campbell, Vancouver Observer editor-in-chief Sandy Garossino, and other community stakeholders will discuss the deeper causes of this tragedy and the myriad ways the system broke down. Most importantly, they will shine a light on how far we’ve come since we failed to stop a serial killer, and what we still need to do to protect vulnerable people in our communities.
October 5, 2015
7pm – 8:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street
Alice MacKay Room
Kara Stanley speaking at the Brain Injury Annual Conference: September 30th - October 2nd 2015, Montreal, Quebec
Kara Stanley and her husband Simon Paradis are keynote speakers at Brain Injury Canada's Annual Conference in Montreal. She will be narrating the story of her husband's injury and recovery, and he will be accompanying her on guitar. Paradis was a professional musician before he suffered a fall that severed his spinal cord, fractured bones and skull, and caused global trauma to the brain. Stanley chronicled his recoverey and their journey in her book Fallen.
David Suzuki to Discuss Latest Book at the 39th Annual Powell Street Festival in Vancouver
World-renowned scientist and author David Suzuki will be speaking about his newest book, Letters to My Grandchildren published by Greystone Books, at the 39th Annual Powell Street Festival, which is Canada's largest festival of Japanese Arts and Culture. You can catch Suzuki on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 from 2:30pm - 3:00pm in the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street). The event is free, but tickets need to be picked up at the information booth in Oppenheimer Park. Attendees should arrive at the Firehall Arts Centre by 2pm. Standby tickets may be available at 2:15pm at the centre.
Salt Spring Author Gives Poetry Reading at World-Renowned International Book Fair
Brian Brett, author of Trauma Farm, recently did a poetry reading at “Wege durch das Land” (Paths Through the Country) in Schloss Wehrden, Germany. The valley of Schloss Wehrden contains many manor homes and small castles that were built by former aristocracy. In previous years visiting guests found poetic inspiration in the hills and river. The names of famous German poets such as Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and Rainer Maria Rilke are tied to this region.
Each year it gets more difficult to get one of the limited tickets to this event as "Paths Through the Country" offers beautiful scenery combined with literary and musical talent of the highest order. Brett was invited to show case his poetry, and he chose to read “Coming Home” and “Burn Me”. The audience was fascinated by the expression of his most private and intimate feelings, and the applause was long and loud.
Greystone Books is proud to announce that Brett’s new book, Tuco: The Parrot, the Others and a Scattershot World, will be available in August, 2015.
Ian McAllister to speak at "A Celebration of Herring" In Steveston
On June 9th, at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston, Pacific Wild, The Heiltsuk Nation, and award-winning Hawksworth Restaurant are teaming up for an unforgettable evening of culture, science, presentations, and traditional cuisine to celebrate one of the earth's greatest natural history events and chart a course for a sustainable future for Pacific herring and coastal communities.
Ian McAllister, author of Great Bear Wild and The Last Wild Wolves, will give a keynote speech at the event. Copies of his books will also be available. Other speakers include Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk First Nation, journalist Damien Gillis of the Common Sense Canadian, and author and activist Riki Ott.
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Vancouver Writers Festival and Amnesty International to host special event on freedom of expression
In 2012, blogger Raif Badawi was jailed for peacefully expressing his views. This summer, Greystone Books published 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think, a pivotal collection of Badawi's blog posts that the Globe and Mail called “a chilling call to action.” In the book, Badawi thoughtfully and fearlessly reveals his opinions on freedom of expression, human and civil rights, secularism, and tolerance.
On Friday, October 23rd, the Vancouver Writers Festival hosts a special event with Amnesty International and Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, to give voice to Badawi’s writings and to provide a platform for discussion on freedom of expression. Greystone is proud to support this event for freedom of expression and the campaign for his release. We encourage readers to donate to the campaign to bring Ensaf to Vancouver and help her make Raif's voice heard.
Greystone acquires body positive training manual for plus-size athletes by expert and trainer Louise Green
Associate publisher Nancy Flight of Greystone Books has acquired world all-language rights to Louise Green's Limitless, a fitness book for plus-size women that makes it clear you don't need to be slim to be fit. Green is represented by Jesse Finkelstein at the Transatlantic Agency.>
Too often, fitness books for women focus on weight loss and appearance rather than pure athleticism—a scenario that excludes the athletic dreams of millions of women who love their bodies as they are. Limitless is the exception to the rule. Drawn from Green’s own experience as a plus-size athlete and trainer, the book offers practical advice for how to achieve fitness at any size, augmented by real-life examples that offer palpable evidence to women of what they can achieve with their own bodies.
The popularity of recent stories about plus-size athletes makes it strikingly clear that women want to see more diverse bodies in the media. A recent flashpoint was the August edition Women's Running, which featured a plus-size runner on the cover. The resulting flurry of think-pieces and media interviews (including a segment of CBC's On The Coast, where Louise Green was a panelist) are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the woefully unexplored territory of plus-size athleticism. Limitless will fill that gap, offering a much-needed athletic bible for every woman who has ever been discouraged from exploring her body's true potential.
Louise Green is a globally recognized plus size athlete and trainer, and a leading voice at the forefront of the Body Advocacy movement. Green's plus-size fitness and adventure company, Body Exchange, has been covered internationally in Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail, Glamour, and her writing on plus-size athleticism has been published in The Huffington Post and XO Jane, among others. Green considers herself living proof that society’s beliefs on the physical limitations of atypical bodies are false.
The New York Times Gets to the Gut of the Matter with Giulia Enders
Learn which side it is easier to burp on and other fascinating facts in the The New York Times article featuring Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders. They discuss how Enders became fascinated by our digestive tract due to a mysterious illness, how she translates "abtruse gastroenterological research into breezy, entertaining prose", and why you should pay more attention to your largest immune organ.
MediaplanetUSA gets behind Personalized Medicine
Check out MediaplanetUSA's #PersonalizedMedicine campaign where they united with like-minded industry leaders to empower patients who are suffering from cancer, cardiovascular illnesses, neurological disorders and others diseases and bring much needed awareness and education to the massess about this new and emerging field of medicine. The campaign was distributed through USA Today on June 26, 2015 and is published online. For the full campaign visit http://bit.ly/1LJHJgC and be sure to check out The Personalized Medicine Revolution by Pieter Cullis!
Greystone aquires 1000 Lashes, political blog posts by Raif Badawi
Vancouver, BC – Greystone Books announces the acquisition of 1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think (World, English language) by imprisoned Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi. The book gathers a selection of Badawi’s pivotal texts, in which he expresses his opinions on life in an autocratic-Islamic state under the Sharia and shares his perception of freedom of expression, human and civil rights, and tolerance. Badawi was imprisoned in 2012 for peacefully expressing his views on his blog.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Badawi’s sentence of 10 years in prison, 1000 lashes, and a fine of roughly $270,000 USD. Throughout the world, Amnesty International and other supporters are staging events and peaceful protests outside Saudi embassies.
Greystone’s publisher Rob Sanders says, “1000 Lashes is a resounding call to everyone who believes in the basic right of free speech. Greystone Books is proud to support Raif Badawi, his family, and people around the world who have taken up this important cause.”
Proceeds from the book will be donated to a non-profit organization in support of the author. Greystone will publish the book in July 2015. To learn more about Raif Badawi and the campaign to secure his release, visit raifbadawi.org.