There were 42 book launches across Canada between Oct. 11 and Nov. 9 and each one of them was, indeed, powered by love. Over those weeks, a combined audience of over 3,000 grandmothers, grandothers, and community members heard directly from 20 African grandmothers and staff from our partner organizations, each of them experts on the frontlines of the HIV & AIDS pandemic in their communities. Almost 2,000 books were sold at these book launches!
Our African guests shared that the book meant many things to them. They spoke of the importance of having their stories and voices documented in their own words, their pride in having their own versions of their realities told by them. Both the grandmothers and staff from our partner organizations spoke about using the book as an advocacy tool at home – particularly because it also included the story of the Canadian movement, which would alert officials in their countries to the international dimension of the awareness of and support for their efforts. Every grandmother shared passionately about how their grandchildren and great-grandchildren would have a “living legacy.” At the moment in history, when catastrophe struck and changed the course of the African continent, their grandchildren would know what they experienced, and more importantly, what they had done! Each and every grandmother declared that this was “her” book and the book of every grandmother in her community. We hope you feel the same.
For photos and videos of the book launches, please see our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/stephenlewisfdn
If you would like to host a book launch in your community, we can support you to make it happen! Please be in touch with Healy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Book Events:
Dec 1st, 5-8 pm Chapters-Indigo at Yonge & Eglinton (2300 Yonge St. Toronto, Ontario)
Come meet the authors and have your book signed!