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Gabor Maté, MD and Daniel Maté ~ The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, & Healing in a Toxic Culture

Sunday, September 11, 2022
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Goldcorps Centre for the Arts
(at SFU Downtown)


Tickets are SOLD OUT for the live event. Stay tuned, as there is the possibility we could open up more spaces.

Join Gabor Maté for the official book launch of his first book in 11 years!

Banyen Books hosts this Live In-Person Talk, with Audience Q&A + Book Signing.

Gabor will be joined on stage with co-author Daniel Maté and event moderator Maria LeRose.

Banyen will have copies of the book for sale at the event with a special event discount—before the offical release of the book to stores!

From our most trusted, compassionate authority on stress, trauma and mental well-being, comes The Myth of Normal—a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a pathway to health and healing.

In the richest, most technically advanced, most health-obsessed society ever, all is not well. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, chronic illnesses were on the rise. Nearly seventy percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug; more than half take two. In Canada, every fifth person has high blood pressure. In Europe, over thirty percent of the population suffers from hypertension. And everywhere, adolescent mental illness is on the increase. So what is really "normal" when it comes to health?

Over four decades of clinical experience, Gabor Maté has come to recognize this version of "normal" as misleading, neglecting the roles that trauma and stress, and the pressures of life in the modern world, exert on our bodies and our minds at the expense of good health. For all its expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person, which in turn stresses the body, burdens the immune system and undermines emotional balance.

Now, Maté brings his perspective to the great untangling of commonly held myths about what makes us sick, and connects the dots between personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living. Filled with stories of people in the grip of illness or in the triumphant wake of recovery, The Myth of Normal is Gabor Maté’s most life-affirming and urgent book yet.

Gabor Maté is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in 27 languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; Scattered Minds; (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids, and The Myth of Normal.

Daniel Maté is a musical theatre lyricist and composer whose work has been honoured with the prestigious Edward Kleban Prize, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Grant and the Cole Porter Award for Music and Lyrics. He is the producer and host of the YouTube program "Lyrics To Go". His work has been produced and/or presented at the Kennedy Center for the Arts (DC), Lincoln Center (NYC), and around the world. With his father Gabor, Daniel regularly co-leads the popular workshop Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents and Their Adult Children. He also runs a "mental chiropractic" service called Take A Walk With Daniel. He is co-author of The Myth of Normal.

Maria LeRose is an award-winning television producer and interviewer, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She received her Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia in the Department of Education and Counseling Psychology - with an emphasis on social and emotional development. Before embarking on a career in Journalism, Maria coordinated the first Child Abuse Prevention Program in BC, and worked in a variety of Social Service jobs including Youth and Child Care Worker, and Mental Health Worker. She is a long-time advisor to the Dalai Lama Center and Moderator of the DLC's Heart-Mind Conferences. She has moderated panels featuring the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sir Ken Robinson and other luminaries.