Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

26sep1:30 pm2:30 pmVirtual EventWriting Healthcare: Impressions from a PandemicTORONTO BOOK AWARDS1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

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Journalist and author Mark Bulgutch (That’s Why I’m a Doctor, Douglas & McIntyre) leads a discussion with a diverse group of writers who are also healthcare workers. Presented by the City of Toronto.

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Bahar Orang

Bahar Orang is a writer and physician-in-training living in Toronto; she completed her MD at McMaster University, and is now completing specialty training in psychiatry. Her poetry and essays have been published in such places as GUTS, Hamilton Arts & Letters, CMAJ, and Ars Medica. Where Things Touch: A Meditation on Beauty is her first book.

Cathy Crowe

Cathy Crowe is a long-time street nurse who works in the area of social justice nursing. Cathy is a ground-breaking author (Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out and A Knapsack Full of Dreams. Memoirs of a Street Nurse). She is a member of the Order of Canada.

Dr. James Maskalyk

Dr. James Maskalyk is a physician and bestselling author (Six Months in Sudan, Life on the Ground Floor). He practices emergency medicine and trauma at St. Michael’s Hospital and teaches at the University of Toronto. He is strategic director of a program that works with Ethiopian partners at Addis Ababa University to train East Africa’s first emergency physicians and is a member of Medecins Sans Frontieres, an organization for which he has worked as journalist and physician. He wrote a diary for the Globe and Mail during the early days of COVID-19, and is writing his third book for Penguin Random House, titled Doctor: Heal Thyself about moving beyond traditional views of the body to explore different types of healing.

Dr. Kwame McKenzie

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is the CEO of Wellesley Institute and is an international expert on the social causes of mental illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. Kwame is a policy advisor, clinician and academic who has authored more than 200 papers and five books.

Dr. Vincent Lam

Dr. Vincent Lam worked in the emergency room at Toronto East General Hospital and helped fight the 2003 SARS outbreak. His depiction of four medical students who become doctors in Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize – Canada’s most prestigious literary award. He is the youngest writer, and the only first-time author, to win it. The book was adapted for television and broadcast on HBO Canada. Dr. Lam co-authored The Flu Pandemic And You, a non-fiction guide to influenza pandemics, which was recognized in 2007 with a Special Recognition Award by the American Medical Writers’ Association. Dr. Lam’s biography of Tommy Douglas was published by Penguin Canada as part of the Extraordinary Canadians series. The Headmaster’s Wager, Dr. Lam’s first novel, about a Chinese compulsive gambler and headmaster of an English school in Saigon during the Vietnam War, was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Prize.


(Saturday) 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST


City of Toronto