7:30pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Noah Richler made documentaries and features for BBC Radio for 14 years before returning to Canada in 1998. He was the books editor and then the literary columnist for the National Post, and has contributed to numerous publications in Britain, including the Guardian, Punch, the Daily Telegraph, and in Canada including The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Saturday Night, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail.
In the last decade, Canada's operative myth of a peacekeeping nation has been replaced by that of a "warrior" nation. With it, the idea of the Canadian soldier as peacekeeper has been transformed into the Canadian solider as confident and able war-maker. Richler’s What We Talk About When We Talk About War examines how the governing narrative and associated jargon—victory, defeat, heroes, remembrance, sacrifice—used by politicians and the military when talking about war have populated public pronouncements and media coverage, resulting in a revised national mythology and a re-interpretation of the events of past wars. Noah Richler suggests that our changing narrative about war speaks volumes about our collective consciousness and how we have conceived and redefined ourselves as a nation as we talked ourselves into, through, and ultimately out of our participation in war. (Goose Lane Editions)
Trevor and Debbie Greene
At the age of forty-one, Trevor Greene, a journalist and a reservist in the Canadian Army, deployed to Kandahar with the 1st Battalion PPCLI Battle Group. On March 4th, 2006, while meeting with village elders in a remote village in Kandahar Province, Greene removed his helmet out of respect, confident that a centuries-old pact would protect him from harm. Without warning, a teenage boy under the influence of the Taliban came up behind Greene and swung a rusty axe deep into his skull, nearly splitting his brain in two.
Trevor's fiancee, Debbie, was initially told that he would not live. When he survived she was told that he would never come out of his coma, let alone be able to move on his own. But Debbie never left Trevor's side, and after years of rehabilitation, setbacks, and crises, Trevor learned to talk and move again. In July 2010, he stood up at his own wedding, Debbie at his side, and his daughter, Grace, carrying their rings down the aisle as their flower girl.
March Forth is a remarkable story of love, told in two voices: Trevor's, up until the attack that changed their lives; and Debbie's, as she works tirelessly to rehabilitate the man she loves. Together, Trevor and Debbie have written the next chapter in their remarkable story. (HarperCollins Canada)
*Please let us know you are attending by registering in advance. Please note that registration is so that we know how many people to expect. Admission on the night is always on a first-come-first-served basis.