Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 7:30pm
Trinity St Paul's Church, 427 Bloor St. W.



This Is Not a Reading Series and Second Story Press present an evening with feminist icon Michele Landsberg to celebrate the launch of Writing the Revolution - Michele Landsberg's reflections on her columns for the Toronto Star. The evening will feature introductions by Naomi Klein, Angela Robertson, Kristyn Wong-Tam and Leah Henderson and an interview with Avi Lewis. Landsberg will discuss the last thirty-five years of the Canadian women's movement, assess where we are today, and where the passionate new generation of feminists are headed.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 
Trinity St Paul's Church, 427 Bloor Street West
Doors open at 7:00; Event starts at 7:30 
Admission is $5 or free with the purchase of a book

Writing the Revolution is full of Michele Landsberg’s passion and wit as she reflects on her years as one of the Toronto Star’s most influential – and controversial – voices from the front lines of the Women’s Movement.

When Michele Landsberg’s first column for the Toronto Star hit newsstands in May 1978 it was the first time a feminist interpretation of the news had made it into daily circulation in a Canadian newspaper. While not sure initially if she wanted to be the Star’s “woman columnist”, Michele tried to use her column as a voice for those who had none. The hundreds of letters that poured in – both those in support of what she was writing and those outraged by it – let her know that what she was doing not only mattered, it was badly needed.

For twenty-five years, Michele Landsberg chronicled the lives of women, their struggles and their achievements. She became an activist in support of women’s rights, childcare programs, education reform, rape crisis centres, women’s work and health, and many more hotly debated issues. Her columns were a force for social and legal change – women turned to her because they knew that they could count on her to tell the real story.

In Writing the Revolution Michele takes the best of those 3000 columns and uses them to reflect on the past, present, and future of women’s lives in Canada. While recognizing the success of the women’s movement, she knows the fight is not over. A feminist hero and an unflinching activist, Michele is an inspiration to the women who read her column, and to a passionate new generation of women who are fighting to see that the revolution continues. For more information on the book, visit www.secondstorypress.ca

MICHELE LANDSBERG began her career with The Globe and Mail in the 1960s. She joined Chatelaine Magazine in the 1970s, under the editorship of leading feminist Doris Anderson, before moving to the Toronto Star. Her time as a columnist for the Star spanned twenty-five years and won her two National Newspaper Awards. She is also the recipient of the Governor-General's Persons' Medal for her tireless advocacy on behalf of women. She is the author of three best-selling books: Women and Children First, Michele Landsberg’s Guide to Children’s Books and This is New York, Honey! Michele lives in Toronto with her husband, Stephen Lewis. She continues her work as an activist, and is a regular reviewer of children’s literature on CBC Radio.

NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies (2000). She writes a regular column for The Nation magazine and the Guardian newspaper and is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine and reporter for Rolling Stone. She is at work with her husband Avi Lewis on a new book and documentary about how climate change can be a catalyst for economic transformation. 

AVI LEWIS is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television journalist. His first feature length film, The Take (2004), followed Argentina’s new movement of worker-run businesses and was released theatrically on five continents. In 2010 and 2009 Avi hosted Al Jazeera English Television’s Fault Lines.  He has also worked on CBC Television as host of On the Map, The Big Picture, and counterSpin. He is currently directing a new documentary about climate change—and is the proudly feminist son of Michele Landsberg.

ANGELA ROBERTSON is an active member and leader of the Black and women’s communities. She is the Director of Equity and Community Engagement at Women’s College Hospital and the previous Executive Director of Sistering – A Woman’s Place, an organization that offers support to homeless and low-income women. She was an editorial member of Our Lives, Canada's first Black Women's newspaper, and a co-founder of Blockorama, a celebration of black PRIDE. 

KRISTYN WONG-TAM is a Toronto City Councilor with a long history of community involvement. She has a distinguished track record of human rights advocacy and was a co-founder of Asian Canadians For Equal Marriage, and the past president of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter that successfully lobbied the federal government for the head tax apology and redress.

LEAH HENDERSON is a community organizer involved in Indigenous communities’ struggles for sovereignty and self-determination as well as the fight for justice for queer and trans people, women, low- income, disabled and racialized people, and migrants. Leah is currently doing her Masters in Environmental Studies at York University and is facing criminal conspiracy charges stemming from her organizing work in the lead up to the G20 protests in June 2010. 

Second Story Press is dedicated to publishing feminist-inspired books for adults and young readers that entertain, educate, and empower. Publishers of both fiction and non-fiction, with a focus on social justice issues and stories featuring strong female voices from across Canada. Second Story Press' books have been translated into over 50 languages, won many awards, and have been adapted for film and stage. Writing the Revolution is a project with the Feminist History Society/Société d’histoire féministe – www.feministhistories.ca

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.


Publisher Contact: Emma Rodgers, Marketing & Promotions Manager, Second Story Press, phone: 416-537-7850, marketing@secondstorypress.ca

This Is Not A Reading Series: Anna Withrow, phone: 416-805-2174, awithrow@rogers.com