Settle in for an intimate on-stage conversation between friends, as bestselling memoirist and psychologist Catherine Gildiner joins author Janet Somerville to discuss their latest books: Good Morning, Monster and Yours, for Probably Always. Both books explore the lives of real world heroes through a lens of courage and resilience. Gildiner creates moving portraits of her five most memorable patients, and Somerville curates a collection of Martha Gellhorn’s letters of love and war to her famous American friends in the mid twentieth century. Book signing to follow. Hosted by Michele Daniels.
Michele Daniels is a visual merchandiser, an artist, and a book lover based in Toronto. When she’s not reading and reviewing books (often with a caramel macchiato in hand), Michele can be found making/learning/enjoying art around the city or on her travels. 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of her blog Just a Lil’ Lost, where she posts reviews and other book-related features. Family lore has it that she started reading when she was 3 and hasn’t put a book down since.
Catherine Gildiner wrote the best selling childhood short-listed memoir Too Close to the Falls which was on The Trillium Prize short list and the best sellers’ lists for 157 weeks. A decade later, she published a sequel, After the Falls and then her third and final memoir called Coming Ashore. She has also written Seduction, a novel about Darwin and Freud, which has been an international bestseller and was listed by Der Spiegel in Germany as one of the year’s ten best mysteries. Her latest book Still Standing: Five heroic Journeys to Recovery is nonfiction about patients from her psychology practice who, despite their desolate childhoods, have overcome their traumas and managed to thrive.
Janet Somerville taught literature for 20 years in Toronto. Since 2015, she has been wholly immersed in Martha Gellhorn's life and words, privileged to have ongoing access to Gellhorn's restricted papers in Boston, Massachusetts.