2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Gabor Maté in Conversation

Over the past twenty years, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has been an ambassador and advocate for mental, emotional, and physical health. Now, she invites readers on a deeply personal journey toward self-knowledge and acceptance in her empowering debut memoir. Closer Together: Knowing Ourselves, Loving Each Other draws on the expertise of top psychologists, psychiatrists, scientists, and thought leaders, including physician and renowned author Gabor Maté. The two friends and celebrated speakers take the stage for a conversation about nothing less than how to change our lives.

Trudeau met Maté in the early stages of writing what would become this book, and his mentorship—as an in-demand expert on addictions, trauma, and other topics related to his five bestselling books—became invaluable to her in the process. In his own words, Closer Together “casts fresh light on human development and mental health even as it invites insightful and playful self-reflection.” Alongside scientific health information and exclusive interviews with experts, Trudeau shares heartfelt moments from her own life’s journey.

Their conversation is sure to be candid, wise, and insightful—just like this book. Join us for a thoughtful exploration of the questions that matter for our individual and collective growth.  

Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Book Warehouse, a division of Black Bond Books.

Participants and Speakers

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE TRUDEAU is a mental health advocate, public speaker, and mentor. Over the past twenty years, she has been an ambassador and champion for youth self-esteem, gender equality, emotional literacy, and physical activity. Sophie has received UN recognition awards for her humanitarian work and was named the first National Volunteer for the Canadian Mental Health Association in 2022. She also serves as Youth Leadership Global Ambassador for Plan International Canada. A mother of three, Sophie is a certified yoga instructor and an adventurous outdoor sportswoman.

Gabor Maté

GABOR MATÉ M.D., C.M., is a Canadian physician (retired), public speaker and bestselling author of five books, published internationally in 35 languages on five continents. His book on addiction, the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, is used as a text in many institutions of higher learning in Canada and the U.S. His most recent book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture, has been and continues to be a #1 Canadian bestseller and was 19 weeks a New York Times bestseller. He is in constant demand as a speaker internationally and has addressed judicial bodies in Canada, the U.S. and Australia on the links between trauma, addictions, and dysfunctional behaviors.