Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
2:00pm

A Glass Half-Full with Joel Yanofsky, Shari Graydon and Neil Pasricha

Hosted by CBC's Rita Celli

A Glass Half-Full with Joel Yanofsky, Shari Graydon and Neil Pasricha

Hosted by CBC's Rita Celli
30
Saturday
Apr
2011
2:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Joel Yanofsky
Neil Pasricha
Shari Graydon

It’s not always easy to focus on the positive and maintain an optimistic outlook on life, so we present three authors whose work reminds us of the miraculous possibilities in each day.

 

Author and critic Joel Yanofsky has spent a lifetime immersed in literature (not to mention old movies and old jokes), which he calls shtick. Bad Animals , his account of a year in the life of a family, describes a father’s struggle to enter his son’s world, the world of autism, using the materials he knows best: self-help books, feel-good memoirs, literary classics from the Bible to Dr. Seuss, old movies, and, yes, shtick. Funny, wrenching and unfailingly candid, Bad Animals is both an exploration of a baffling condition and a quirky love story told by a gifted writer.

 

With wisdom and humour, forty-one remarkable women revel in the joys of aging in Shari Graydon ’s new book, I Feel Great about My Hands. The Award-winning women's advocate and bestselling author invited notable women from across Canada –all over 50 – to provide an alternative perspective on aging. This collection of stories, essays and poems celebrate life, and embrace the changes, discoveries and wisdom that come with age. 

 

Neil Pasricha ’s internationally bestselling books, The Book of Awesome and The Book of Even More Awesome remind us of life’s simple pleasures. From smelling gasoline to fixing electronics by smacking them to reacting when cashiers open up new checkout lanes, he reminds us of little things that make us smile everyday providing a “universal high five for humanity.” 

 

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