Moderator: Carol Shaben

Event Number: 09
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00


Tuesday, Oct 22
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Annahid Dashtgard dedicates Breaking the Ocean, her powerful memoir on race, rebellion and reconciliation, to “anyone who has struggled to belong.” Indeed, often the most fascinating lives are forged in hardship. These deft authors bravely interweave their own experiences into insights on our most pressing social issues. Prepare to be surprised, moved and entertained by Dashtgard, alongside award-winning Reuters reporter, Anna Mehler Paperny, whose darkly funny memoir Hello I Want To Die Please Fix Me depicts both her own struggle with depression and a deeply flawed healthcare system; and former VPD detective, Lorimer Shenher, who shares a deeply honest portrayal of his mid-life coming of age and gender transition, in his acclaimed memoir, This One Looks Like a Boy.

About the moderator:
Carol Shaben is an award-winning author and journalist. Her first book, Into the Abyss, was a national bestseller and national nonfiction award winner, and her most recent book, The Marriott Cell, ­co-written with journalist Mohamed Fahmy, was long listed for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize and named one of The Globe & Mail’s 100 Best Books of the Year. She is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards including a Gold Medal for Investigative Journalism.

Event Participants:

Annahid Dashtgard


Annahid Dashtgard (M.Ed.) is the co-founder of Anima Leadership, a highly respected international consulting company specializing in issues of diversity and inclusion. Previously she was a leader in the anti-corporate globalization movement, responsible for several national political campaigns and frequently referred to as one of the top activists to watch in the 1990s. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Briarpatch magazine. Dashtgard lives in Toronto with her husband and children.

Anna Mehler Paperny


Anna Mehler Paperny is an award-winning reporter for Reuters based in Toronto. She has reported for The Globe and Mail, Global News, The San Francisco Chronicle and Maclean’s Magazine, from Xinjiang, Haiti, Guantanamo Bay and across Ontario and British Columbia. She won an award for her investigation into deaths in Canadian prisons. Her first book, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me, explores our failure to treat and address debilitating depression and suicidality, and the cost of that failure.


Lorimer Shenher

British Columbia

Lorimer Shenher is a writer and former police officer currently working in television development. His second book, This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man, was released March 31st of this year and was a Quill and Quire star reviewed selection.  His first book, the acclaimed That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, tells of his previous incarnation as a female police detective working in vain to solve the mystery of Vancouver’s missing women., @ShenherLorimer