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The Change Room - A Dialogue with Karen Connelly & Victor Chan

Friday, May 26, 2017
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Please join us for an enlightening and light-hearted conversation between Karen Connelly (Governor General's Award-winning writer) and Victor Chan (co-founder with the Dalai Lama of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education) about the crucial, often neglected role of the sensual and sexual in our busy modern lives. Karen Connelly, award-winning author of books about Myanmar and Thailand, has just published a new novel called The Change Room. Departing from her usual political, human rights oriented themes, the book takes a whole-hearted, unabashed look at marriage, motherhood, and sexuality.

How has technology and the increased speed of life influenced our relationship with our bodies and our partners? How does having children and aging alter our sex lives? Is monogamy a necessity to maintain the stability of most relationships, or is marriage going to change even more than it has in the last 50 years? Victor and Karen will leave ample room for the audience to join what promises to be a very provocative and fun discussion.

Victor Chan has worked extensively with the Dalai Lama on the books The Wisdom of Forgiveness and The Wisdom of Compassion. He is also the author of The Tibet Handbook: A Pilgrimage Guide, recognized as an extraordinary achievement of scholarship on the history and sacred places of Tibet. He is the co-founder, with the Dalia Lama, of the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education.

Karen Connelly is the author of ten previous books of bestselling non-fiction, fiction and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story and a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry, the Governor General’s Award for her non-fiction, and Britain’s Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers for her first novel, The Lizard Cage. Published in 2005, The Lizard Cage was compared in the New York Times Book Review to the works of Orwell, Solzhenitsyn and Mandela, and hailed in The Globe and Mail as “one of the best modern Canadian novels.” Burmese Lessons was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction and the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-fiction in 2009. Married with a young child, she divides her time between a home in rural Greece and a home in Toronto.