Meet Lisa Genova!

We are extremely lucky to have author Lisa Genova in Canada for not one, not two, but THREE events. Lisa is the bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected. She is touring Canada to promote her new novel Love Anthony. See below for event details and info.

Meet Lisa Genova in Toronto
Friday, October 5, 2012
Indigo Manulife Centre
55 Bloor Street West
6:30pm

Meet Lisa Genova in Ottawa
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Costco Kanata
770 Silver Seven Rd
11am-12pm

Meet Lisa Genova in Vancouver
Saturday, October 13
Chapters Robson
788 Robson Street
2pm

Love Anthony explores the healing power of friendship between two women, each cast adrift by loss, as one woman begins in her fledgling writing, to give voice and meaning to the other’s autistic son.

Lisa talks about her new novel Love Anthony

Read an excerpt

Visit www.lisagenova.com

Memoir Mondays: Carly’s Voice

Memoirs have the power to move us, connect with us and allow us to share life changing experiences with people we’d otherwise never have the chance to know. Every Monday, we’re pleased to feature a memoir and open a window to someone else’s life.

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and was unable to speak. Doctors said that she would forever remain as intellectually capable as a small child. Her parents refused to give up hope and at age 10, Carly made a breakthrough. While in the kitchen with her therapist, she reached over and typed on the laptop “HELP TEETH HURT.” This day began Carly’s journey of self-realization and learning how to use her voice through the written word. As if doctors weren’t astonished enough, Carly would go on to write a nearly complete young adult novel, prove her IQ well over 130 and become an advocate for autism, teaching others about autism what experts could not, the insider’s perspective.

Carly’s Voice tells her story through her father and how he got to know his daughter, intersperced with Carly’s wit and words. The remarkable story has gone on to gain widespread attention from Ellen DeGeneres, Larry King, Barbara Walters, and mother of autistic son herself Holly Robinson Peete, among others. Carly continues to share her life and remarkable story with the world through her Twitter and website, which features her writing, a forum and candid responses to questions she’s often asked.

Carly’s Voice is an incredible, moving and important story about a young girl who defies the odds to become an inspiring advocate and educator about autism. Find out more about the book from Carly’s father and the book’s author Arthur Fleischmann in the video below.

Breaking through autism

April is autism awareness month in the United States. In Canada, we celebrate autism awareness month in October. Autism awareness month is a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

There are many books, both fiction and non-fiction, that deal with the topic of autism and living with autism. But if you haven’t yet heard of Toronto teenager Carly Fleischmann, I can guarantee you won’t forget about her after reading this.

Carly’s story first captured public attention on a 2009 “Medical Mysteries” segment for ABC’s 20/20. She has continued to be featured on national television since then, largely due to her own efforts in lobbying the likes of Larry King, Barbara Walters, and Holly Robinson Peete, who have each corresponded with her and/or featured her on their shows. Ellen DeGeneres has developed a warm relationship with Carly (at Carly’s request, Ellen read Carly’s Bat Mizvah speech for her via video). Continue reading

The Panic Virus

Seth Mnookin’s upcoming book The Panic Virus couldn’t deal with more timely subject matter. The book discusses how vaccine opponents have used the media to spread their message of panic regarding the link between autism and vaccination, despite no scientific evidence to support them.

In 1998 Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist with a history of self-promotion, published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized hold of the story and, in the process, helped to launch one of the most devastating health scares ever. In the years to come Wakefield would be revealed as a profiteer in league with class-action lawyers, and he would eventually lose his medical license. Meanwhile one study after another failed to find any link between childhood vaccines and autism.

However, just this week, the British study that linked autism to vaccines has been found to be a fraud.

Yet the myth that vaccines somehow cause developmental disorders lives on. Despite the lack of corroborating evidence, it has been popularized by media personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Jenny McCarthy and legitimized by journalists who claim that they are just being fair to “both sides” of an issue about which there is little debate. Meanwhile millions of dollars have been diverted from potential breakthroughs in autism research, families have spent their savings on ineffective “miracle cures,” and declining vaccination rates have led to outbreaks of deadly illnesses like Hib, measles, and whooping-cough. Most tragic of all is the increasing number of children dying from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Read an excerpt here.

The Panic Virus is in stores January 11th.