Human Growth and Resilience

28may10:00 am11:00 amHuman Growth and ResilienceWith Kathleen McDonnell, Thom Ernst, Rona Maynard, and Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Speakers for this event

  • Kathleen McDonnell

    Kathleen McDonnell

    Author

    Kathleen McDonnell is the author of nine books of non-fiction and fiction, and has written more than a dozen plays, many of which have had award-winning productions in Canada and the United States. She lives on Toronto Island; a vibrant, mostly car-free community a ten-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Kathleen is also a musician, deeply involved in the traditional music of her ancestral homeland, Ireland.

    URL https://kathleenmcdonnell.com/

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  • Lindsay Zier-Vogel

    Lindsay Zier-Vogel

    Moderator

    Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a Toronto-based author, grant writer, educator and the founder of the internationally-acclaimed Love Lettering Project. She is the author of the acclaimed debut novel, Letters to Amelia and her work has been published widely in Canada and the UK. Dear Street is Lindsay’s first picture book.

    URL https://lindsayziervogel.com/

    Moderator

  • Rona Maynard

    Rona Maynard

    Author

    Rona Maynard found happiness at 65—a story she tells in Starter Dog: My Path to Joy, Belonging and Loving This World. She capped a previous career in magazines with a decade at the helm of Chatelaine, where she disclosed her history of depression in a landmark editorial.

    URL https://ronamaynard.com/

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  • Thom Ernst

    Thom Ernst

    Author

    Thom Ernst is a Toronto based film critic, writer, and broadcaster. He was a familiar voice to CBC Radio listeners with his lively contributions to CBC Radio Fresh Air, CBC Metro Morning, and CBC Radio Syndication.  He was also the on-air reviewer film for CTV New Channel, CBC’s PLAY, TVOs More to Life, Studio 2, and The Agenda with Steve Paikin.  His print work has appeared in the Toronto Star, National Post, Playback Magazine, and various other publications. Thom’s first book, The Wild Boy of Waubanik, a memoir, will be released through Dundurn Press, February 2023.Thom is perhaps best remembered as the congenial host, interviewer and producer of televisions’ longest running movie program Saturday Night at the Movies.  

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In an era that can feel impossibly heavy to bear, sometimes we need to be fortified by tales of growth resilience. Where can we look to for hope in troubled times? These authors draw us into true stories that speak to the redeeming qualities of the human spirit.

Growing Old, Going Cold by Kathleen McDonnell
Second Story Press

What is it about freezing cold water that draws people in? Throughout history, humans have gravitated to cold water swimming and celebrated its healing properties, calling it the secret to good health and serenity. Today, cold water swimmers gather in groups from Galway to Georgian Bay to jump into frigid waters for fun, competition, and even as a form of activism and protest.

The Wild Boy of Waubamik by Thom Ernst
Dundurn Press

The residents of Waubamik know about the Wild Boy, a somewhat feral child, standing nearly naked in a rusty playground of weeds and discarded metal, clutching a headless doll. They know the boy has been plucked from poverty and resettled into a middle-class family. But they don’t know that something worse awaits him there.

This is the story of a system that failed, a community that looked the other way, and a family that kept silent. It is also a record of the popular culture of the 1960s — a powerful set of myths that kept a boy comforted. But ultimately, The Wild Boy of Waubamik is a story of triumph, of a man who grew up to become a film critic and broadcaster despite his abusive childhood. It reminds us that life, even at its darkest, can surprise us with moments of joy and hope and dreams for the future.

Starter Dog by Rona Maynard
ECW Press

Rona Maynard wants to love her life again. Stuck in the what-next doldrums after quitting a big job, she needs a new bridge to the world. So, well into their married life, she lets her husband talk her into their first dog, a rescue mutt named Casey. Rona frets about shedding, lost travel opportunities, and arguments about walking duty. She doubts she can love a dog. But when Casey romps through her door, Rona falls hard. Over time he gives her what no human could ― a new way of seeing and a pathway to the heart of a moment. Her downtown neighborhood reveals its true face as she explores it with Casey, making new friends and discovering hidden beauty spots. She learns to have adventures on her own stomping ground. Through Casey, Rona falls in love with the world and her place in it, an animal among other animals.