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North Shore Reads: Brett Popplewell in Conversation with Marsha Lederman [VIRTUAL]
Wednesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
As part of the North Shore Reads community book club event, Brett Popplewell will discuss his 2023 national bestseller Outsider: An Old Man, a Mountain and the Search for a Hidden Past with Marsha Lederman. This event will begin with a traditional Indigenous welcome from Tsitsáyxemaat Rebecca Duncan of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nation.
Register for this online event on the North Vancouver City Library website. You will be sent a Zoom link before the event.
When journalist Brett Popplewell first heard about Dag Aabye, an aging former stuntman who lived alone in a school bus on a mountain, running day and night through blizzards and heat waves, he was intrigued and bewildered. Captivated by the seemingly implausible tale of a wild super-athlete aging more slowly than the rest of us, he was determined to meet the apocryphal white-haired man pushing the boundaries of the human mind and body beyond what anyone could dream was possible.
What Popplewell witnessed on a secluded mountain perch led him on a six-year odyssey to uncover the true story of the 81-year-old man. Outsider takes readers on a remarkable journey from Nazi-occupied Norway to Argentina and British Columbia. The book chronicles how a child born under mysterious circumstances during World War II finds his way onto the big screen in Goldfinger, is heralded as the world’s first extreme skier, and is later driven into the wilderness. Both joyful and tragic, Outsider presents a bold challenge to our notions of aging, belonging and human accomplishment.
About the presenters
Brett Popplewell is a bestselling author and associate professor of journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Mother Jones, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Sportsnet, Maclean’s and The Walrus, among other publications. A winner of multiple National Magazine Awards in Canada, his work has also appeared in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best Canadian Essays.
Marsha Lederman is an award-winning journalist and author. A staff columnist with The Globe and Mail, she was previously The Globe’s Western Arts Correspondent. Her memoir Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust, Once Removed was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2022. Born and raised in Toronto, Marsha now lives in Vancouver.
Tsitsáyxemaat Rebecca Duncan is from the Squamish and Musqueam First Nations of the Coast Salish Peoples. Rebecca has devoted her life to preserving the Squamish Language along with her Cultural teachings that have been handed down to her from her late Papa and his Papa and so on since the beginning of time. Rebecca is a remarkable storyteller, weaver, traditional cook, language teacher, singer, and dancer. “No matter where you are from, knowing your history, your ties to the land, and your culture is important. Welcome to unceded Coast Salish Territory; our history is your history!!!”
- Wednesday, January 17
6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
- Event Category:
- Author Talks
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