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Between the Lines

40 years of books without bosses, 1977-2017


  • Poh-Gek Forkert on how a small community took on big trash

    Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Beeton Hall (main floor), Toronto, ON

    Come on out to hear Dr. Poh-Gek Forkert talk about her involvement in a big environmental battle. Her book, Fighting Dirty tells the story of how one small group of farmers, small-town residents, and Indigenous people fought the world’s largest waste disposal company to stop them from expanding a local dumpsite into a massive land fill. As one of the experts brought in to assess the impact the toxic waste would have on the community, Poh-Gek Forkert was part of the adventures and misadventures of their decades-long fight.

    “Fighting Dirty is an inspiring read for all activists battling against the money and power of corporations. It shows that when a small group of determined, committed citizens don’t give up, leaders and unexpected opportunities will emerge. When the cause is just, good people can win.” —David Suzuki, internationally-renowned environmentalist.

  • SOS: Alternatives to Capitalism with Richard Swift

    Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Beeton Hall (main floor), Toronto, ON

    Financial collapse and crisis; disgust at bankers’ greed; the devastating effects of yawning inequality: all these and more have led to widespread dissatisfaction and disenchantment with capitalism. People are crying out for an alternative but are continually told that one does not exist. Richard Swift examines the past shortcomings and present health of not one but many other paths to changing the world, including socialism, social democracy, anarchism, ecology and degrowth.

    Combining the practical with the visionary, he shows that finding alternatives to capitalism is no longer an academic issue for the left – it is an urgent planetary necessity.

  • Andrée Lévesque speaks on the life and works of freethinker Éva Circé-Côté

    Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Beeton Hall (main floor), Toronto, ON

    Poet, playwright, and librarian, Éva Circé-Côté was a prolific journalist writing for progressive newspapers under a number of pseudonyms. As a feminist and a freethinker who fought for equality and secularism, she offers a non-conformist perspective on Quebec society and politics in the first four decades of the twentieth century.

    Andrée Lévesque is the author of Freethinker:The Life and Works of Éva Circé-Côté which was translated (by Lazer Lederhendler) from the 2011 Clio prize winner, Éva Circé-Côté, libre penseuse, 1871–1949.

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