2024 Festival:
October 21–27

78: Dr. Gabor Maté in Conversation

78: Dr. Gabor Maté in Conversation


Bestselling author Dr. Gabor Maté has recast how we understand, and deal with, the ghosts and difficulties of the mind—addiction, mental illness, and stress. In his new work, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture, the trusted and revered physician and thinker questions what “normal” really means. While we live in the richest, most technically advanced, most health-obsessed society ever, chronic illness is on the rise, not to mention the continued onset of COVID-19. Listen to one of the world’s most exciting thinkers speak to the pressures of modern-day living, what makes us sick—and how to find solace. This promises to be a bracing and transformative conversation for trying times. Moderated by Andrea Woo.

Event Participants:

Dr. Gabor Maté

DR. GABOR MATÉ is highly sought after for his expertise on topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. He has written several bestselling books, including In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, When the Body Says No, and now The Myth of Normal. (BRITISH COLUMBIA) Presented in partnership with Knopf Canada to celebrate thirty years of publishing great writers and award-winning books.

Andrea Woo

ANDREA WOO, a reporter for The Globe and Mail, is passionate about issues of substance use, mental health, and drug policy, and giving voice to those who have historically been poorly served by the media. Before joining The Globe, Andrea reported for The Vancouver Sun and various music publications. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)