Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we regret to inform you that the decision has been made to postpone the event: Toronto Lit Up: Choosing Hope, scheduled for Thursday, April 23 at Princess Margaret Hospital. A rescheduled date will be announced in the coming weeks.
This decision has been taken following in-depth discussions with our publishing and venue partners, the authors (local and international), and by considering the advice of the federal Public Health Agency of Canada and Toronto Public Health. Our first priority is to the safety and security of our audiences, authors, patrons, employees and all of our visitors.
We are extremely grateful for your understanding, and look forward to celebrating the launch of Choosing Hope: One Woman. Three Cancers. (Mawenzi House), by Munira Premji, in the near future.
Munira Premji is releasing her memoir, Choosing Hope: One Woman. Three Cancers., and will be celebrating its publication with a Toronto Lit Up book launch! Join Mawenzi House and the Toronto International Festival of Authors for this exciting event.
Let us know you’re coming! Please RSVP at the link below.
Choosing Hope: One Woman. Three Cancers. is the story of how Munira Premji battled three advanced cancers: Stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Stage 3 multiple myeloma, and Stage 3 breast cancer, within a period of five years. Written as a series of anecdotes based on entries from a blog the author started shortly after her first diagnosis—when her focus was simply on surviving—it tells an inspirational story about resilience, courage, and hope in the face of overwhelming odds. It explores and shares the author’s experiences at home, in the community, and in hospitals, revealing with utter honesty and catching humour her moments of utter darkness and light, of intense pain and blissful but precarious relief.
Choosing Hope captures the psychological, physical, and emotional trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is easy to read and anecdotal in style and will have special appeal to recently diagnosed cancer patients, survivors and their families, to caregivers, and to many others facing health challenges.
Toronto Lit Up is a three year initiative, spearheaded by the Toronto International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Arts Council, designed to spotlight Toronto’s writers and empower local artists with career-building opportunities. Click here for more information.
Munira Premji was born in Moshi, Tanzania, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, and immigrated to Canada in 1979. After being healthy her entire life, she was diagnosed with three aggressive cancers in four years. Her book, Choosing Hope, is an account of her journey and centres around the themes of identity, loss, perspective and thriving in the face of adversity. Munira is a seasoned Human Resources practitioner and executive coach who consults on organizational effectiveness and leadership development. Choosing Hope is her first book.