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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
7:30pm

On the Ravine

with Vincent Lam
Hosted by Peter Schneider

On the Ravine

with Vincent Lam
Hosted by Peter Schneider
6
Saturday
May
2023
7:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Vincent Lam - Photo by Cynthia Summers

Join us for a one-on-one conversation between Peter Schneider and Vincent Lam, the bestselling, Giller Prize-winning author of On the Ravine , an exquisitely crafted novel about the devastating experience of addiction.

 

In his downtown Toronto condo, Dr. Chen awakens to the sound of streetcars below, but it is not the early morning traffic that keeps him from sleep. News banners run across his phone: Fentanyl Crisis; Toxic Drug Supply; Record Number of Deaths. From behind the headlines, on the same screen, glow the faces of his patients, the faces of the what-ifs: What if he had done more, or less? Or something different? Would they still be alive?

 

Claire is a violinist; she feels at one with her music, taking flight in its melody, free in its movement. But now she rises and falls with the opioids in her system, becoming increasingly reckless. After two overdoses in twenty-four hours, she sits in the blue light of her computer, searching a notice board for recommendations: my doctor saved my life; my doctor is just another dealer. And then another message catches her attention, about Chen’s clinic: be a guinea pig—why not get paid to take it?

 

When Claire’s life intersects with Chen’s, the doctor is drawn ever more deeply into the complexities of the doctor-patient relationship, the implication and meaning of his intention to treat. Chen must confront just how far he would go to save a life.

 

PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are strongly encouraged for those attending in person this Spring. Livestream tickets are available upon request for those who prefer to attend remotely.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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