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40 years of books without bosses, 1977-2017

Marilyn Churley with a library talk on “Shameless”

  • September 14th, 2016, 7:00pm–8:30pm
  • Toronto Public Library, Leaside Branch, 165 McRae, Toronto, ON, Canada (map)

In the late 1960s, at the age of eighteen and living far from home amidst the thriving counterculture of Ottawa, Marilyn Churley got pregnant. Like thousands of other women of the time she kept the event a secret. Faced with few options, she gave the baby up for adoption.

Over twenty years later, as the Ontario NDP government’s minister responsible for all birth, death, and adoption records, including those of her own child, Churley found herself in a surprising and powerful position – fully engaged in the long and difficult battle to reform adoption disclosure laws and find her son.

Both a personal and political story, Shameless://The Fight for Adoption Disclosure and the Search for My Son is a powerful memoir about a mother’s struggle with loss, love, secrets, and lies – and an adoption system shrouded in shame

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