Allison McDonald Ace, Ariel Ng Bourbonnais and Caroline Starr are releasing Through, Not Around and will be celebrating its publication with a Toronto Lit Up book launch! Join Dundurn Press and the Toronto International Festival of Authors for this exciting event.
Infertility and pregnancy loss can be devastating, yet both are often private sorrows for the one in six people who cope with the experience.This collection offers personal stories about what it’s like to go through the emotional and physical facets of infertility, miscarriage, and pregnancy loss: the pain, sadness, and desperation, the hope, humour, and frustration.
Through, Not Around offers reassurance to those in the midst of their own struggles that they are not alone and that it is possible to find acceptance and strength on the other side of grief. The way forward is by going through the grief, not around it.
Allison McDonald Ace, Ariel Ng Bourbonnais, and Caroline Starr are co-founders of The 16 Percent, a website dedicated to sharing stories, because no experience of pregnancy loss and infertility.To read or share your story, visit the16percent.ca.
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the the Toronto International Festival of Authors and Toronto Arts Council, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Click here for more information.
Allison McDonald Ace is a writer and communications manager for GoJava.ca, as well as the community board member on the Maternal Mental Health Committee at Sunnybrook Hospital. After experiencing a late-term miscarriage with her second pregnancy, she became an advocate for sharing stories of child loss to help others know they aren’t alone. Allison lives with her son and husband in Toronto.
Ariel Ng Bourbonnais is a creative non-fiction writer working at the University of Toronto. At thirty-three, Ariel was diagnosed with premature ovarian ageing. She found strength and resolve in knowing that sharing her experience could help others. She lives with her husband and two fur babies in Toronto.
Caroline Starr is a writer, editor, and community advocate. After being diagnosed at twenty-one with PCOS and later suffering a miscarriage, Caroline became committed to building community surrounding infertility and miscarriage and openly discussing their impact on families. She lives with her son and husband in Toronto.