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Honouring a Sister Born with Down Syndrome and Overcoming Survivor's Guilt

Posted: November 7, 2019
Victoria Freeman, writer, theatre artist, educator, and public historian, was four years old when her younger sister Martha, who was born with Down syndrome, was sent away to the now-shuttered Rideau Regional Centre in Smith Falls, ON, an institution for the intellectually disabled. It has taken Victoria decades to unravel the guilt and shame she felt, and to come to terms with her own “difference,” her bisexuality, in a society that sets what is considered “normal.” In her new book A World without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference Victoria tells her life story with candid honesty. She shares with Kerry Kilmartin, publicist at UBC Press, her reasons for writing the book and the things she discovered along the way. ...more

Thinking Forward: Larry Beasley presents Vancouverism

Posted: November 6, 2019 7:00PM - November 6, 2019 8:30PM
Location: VPL Central Library, 50 West Georgia St. Vancouver
Join former city planner and author of Vancouverism Larry Beasley in conversation about the city's livability, sustainability and the new CityPlan. Hear about the philosophy behind Vancouver's urban design. ...more

How to Speak Up and Speak Out: On Jody Wilson-Raybould’s From Where I Stand

Posted: November 5, 2019
This year’s University Press Week theme is “Read. Think. Act.” It sounds straightforward, right? But when I began to think about it, I wasn’t sure what this really meant. Reading and thinking—those ones are obvious, but do the books we publish encourage us to act? ...more

Vancouverism: Women of UDI and U40 Speaker Series

Posted: October 30, 2019 5:15PM - October 30, 2019 7:00PM
Location: UBC Robson Square, C300 Auditorium, 800 Robson St., Vancouver BC
Join us as we discuss how the term Vancouverism came to be globally recognized, what came together to make it possible, where we are today and most importantly, the next chapter of Vancouverism - where do we go from here. ...more

Hugh Segal’s Bootstraps Need Boots

Posted: October 24, 2019
How radical would it be for all Canadians to receive a basic annual income? Hugh Segal’s Bootstraps Need Boots: One Tory’s Lonely Fight to End Poverty in Canada tells his deeply personal story of why he fights to end poverty in Canada ...more

Vancouver Writers Fest: Whose Water Is It, Anyway?

Posted: October 23, 2019 6:00PM - October 23, 2019 7:15PM
Location: Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street
As access to natural resources becomes more fraught in the face of climate crisis, so does debate of the essential question in Maude Barlow’s new book, "Whose Water Is It, Anyway?" Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, joins award-winning investigative journalist and "Breaching the Peace" author, Sarah Cox, and Candis Callison, professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and author of "How Climate Change Comes to Matter," to discuss, highlighting how individuals and communities can affect real change in the face of threats. ...more
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