James Maskalyk in Conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger

James Maskalyk in Conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger
Event Number: 60
Tickets: $17.00

James Maskalyk in Conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger

Friday, October 20
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston St.

Dr. James Maskalyk’s experience as part of Médecins Sans Frontières led him to write his bestselling memoir Six Months in Sudan, and helped readers feel the inescapable heat and the heartbreak of life in Sudan. It also established his reputation as a thoughtful and sensitive writer. His new memoir is Life on the Ground Floor, a reflection on his emergency room experiences. Splitting his time between a trauma centre in Toronto’s inner city and a hospital in Ethiopia, while also caring for his grandfather in northern Alberta, Maskalyk finds time to meditate on health and sickness, on striving to give a stranger’s body another minute or another day or another year, and on knowing when it’s time to let go.

Suitable for grades 10-12 and adults.

Event Participants:

James Maskalyk


James Maskalyk is an emergency-room physician, award-winning professor and member of Médecins Sans Frontières, where he worked for as a doctor and as a journalist. He directs a program at Addis Ababa University to train East Africa’s first emergency physicians. He practices and teaches mindfulness at the Consciousness Explorers Club in Toronto. He is the writer of the highly-acclaimed, international bestseller Six Months in Sudan and his most recent work, Life on the Ground Floor: Letters From the Edge of Emergency Medicine, recounts his experiences in emergency rooms around the world and reflects on health and human life.