Incite: March 15

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:30pm (Doors at 7pm)
VPL Central Branch - Alice MacKay Room
Free - let us know you're coming

Kevin Donovan is an investigative reporter and editor at the Toronto Star. A thirty-year veteran of the paper, he has won two Governor General's Awards (Michener) for public service journalism, three National Newspaper Awards, and three Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. He is also the author of ORNGEThe Star Investigation that Broke the Story.

Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation
Months before CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi revealed his interest in 'rough sex' in a Facebook post, unleashing a scandal of unprecedented scale on the radio host, Canadaland podcaster Jesse Brown and Toronto Star journalist Kevin Donovan were quietly pursing serious allegations against him. In Secret Life, Donovan sheds light on the journalistic process and the complexity of gathering information about a highly sensitive matter from named and confidential sources, including those women who feared it was their word against a beloved public figure's. Secret Life is a thought-provoking account of the landmark Ghomeshi exposé that sparked a nation-wide discussion on sexual assault, the cult of celebrity, and the politics of power and gender in the workplace.

Alexandra Shimo is a broadcaster and former editor at Maclean’s. An award-winning journalist, she is the co-author of Up Ghost River, winner of the CBC Bookie and Speaker’s Book Awards for non-fiction. Her new book is Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve, “a vivid first-person account of life on a troubled reserve that illuminates a difficult and oft-ignored history.” She lives in Toronto.

Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve
When freelance journalist Alexandra Shimo arrives in Kashechewan, a fly-in, northern Ontario reserve, to investigate rumours of a fabricated water crisis and document its deplorable living conditions, she finds herself drawn into the troubles of the reserve. Unable to cope with the desperate conditions, she begins to fall apart. A moving tribute to the power of hope and resilience, Invisible North is an intimate portrait of a place that pushes everyone to their limits. Part memoir, part history of the Canadian reserves, Shimo offers an expansive exploration and unorthodox take on many of the First Nation issues that dominate the news today, including the suicide crises, murdered and missing indigenous women and girls, Treaty rights, Native sovereignty, and deep poverty.

Paul Watson covered world events and wars for nearly two decades. While at the Toronto Star he earned three National Newspaper Awards for foreign reporting and photography. Watson earned international acclaim and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. In 2007, he won the Hal Boyle Award from the Overseas Press Club of America for his reporting on Afghanistan. His first book, Where War Lives, was named a Globe and Mail best book of the year.

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Exhibition
Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the Franklin Expedition-whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice-with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incredible discovery of the flagship's wreck in 2014. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was on the icebreaker that led the discovery expedition, tells a fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and the crew of the HMS Erebus and Terror setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage, the hazards they encountered and the reasons they were forced to abandon ship hundreds of miles from the nearest outpost of Western civilization, and the decades of searching that turned up only rumours of cannibalism and a few scattered papers and bones-until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.