“Rad Families: A Celebration” Event – March 10, 2017

Tomas Moniz, founder of the zine Rad Dad and editor of Rad Families: A Celebration (PM Press, 2016) will be in Vancouver in March. He’ll be talking about this new collection of essays with parents and anyone who has been involved in raising a kid and remained interested in staying ‘rad.’

I had the opportunity to interview Carla Bergman for the book in a piece called “Building a Community of Parents” where we talked about the idea that kids need more than their parents to guide, nourish and inspire them and that parents need their own mentors and guideposts to be the best parents they can be. (Learn more about Carla’s projects here).

Library Journal recently reviewed the book:

These collected essays, written by various contributors, are raw, inspired, and artful, capturing the joys and pains of parenting with no apologies and no lack of grace. As such, some entries will speak more to readers than others, but the truth and beauty they evoke is elegant and grounding, celebrating the victories and struggles of a generation of parents: “I did not grow up in a family where anything seemed possible. The future did not really exist because surviving the present was the priority.” Topics range from sex to incarceration to adoption and include the viewpoints of mothers and fathers both new and seasoned, introspective and wishing for a do-over. VERDICT For the literary-minded, this Rad Dad collective is a gem of inspired thought.

The event will be held at Spartacus Books in East Vancouver. Check out the Spartacus Books website for more details closer to the date.

 

Holiday Sip ‘n Shop at Sweetsalt Bakery – December 9, 2016

Shop Paper Scissors is a Vancouver-based business founded by two moms, Nadia and Talia. They offer new locally designed and preloved children’s clothing, toys, and practical items online and in person at special events in Fraserhood.

They are hosting a holiday event on December 9, 2016 from 4:30-7:30 pm at Sweetsalt Bakery & Cafe (Fraser & 19th). They’ll be bringing their inventory of classic pre-loved wooden toys and puzzles as well as locally made crafts, knitwear, new practical items and locally designed clothing. Sweetsalt Bakery will be offering hot apple cider for all as well as house baked treats and I’ll be selling books.

The event is free and totally family friendly with a play kitchen corner to keep little ones entertained.

Find more info on the Shop Paper Scissors website or see the Facebook invite here.

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Love into Water: Stories and Poems for All Ages

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Love into Water is a 64-page collection of stories and poems for kids of all ages. This self-publishing project includes stories about a few of my favorite things, including beluga whales, beets, bánh mì, birthdays, and staying in bed all day. (The title Love into Water comes from one of the stories included in the collection).

I’ll update my website with more info about where you can pick up a copy. In the meantime, here’s a look inside.

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Rad Families

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Check out the cover for Rad Families: A Celebration, a sort-of sequel to 2011’s Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood.

This new anthology collects stories and experiences from a diverse group of parents and writers to celebrate families in all their many forms.

Rad Families includes an interview I did with Carla Bergman on “Building a Community of Parents.”(Check out her new project, Parenting at the Edges, a podcast series about rad parenting and children’s liberation).

Rad Families will be out in September 2016.

Keeping Canada Alive

Keeping Canada Alive is a new six-part series debuting on CBC this October that asks: What if we could see what our health care system does in a single day?

Over a 24-hour period in May 2015, more than 60 cameras descended on health and home care locations in 24 Canadian cities to capture the stories and experiences of patients and health care providers.

There is also a companion online experience which features more than 40 hours of extended breakout footage, original content, as well as an online 24-hour stream of raw footage.

Episode 4 includes a story about a birth in Kamloops and links to online content discussing breastfeeding, home births, the optimal time to cut the umbilical cord and a range of other issues. The work that Aleck Ostry and I did on breastfeeding trends in Canada is featured here. Check out the extended video coverage of A Baby is Born in Kamloops here.

The series premieres on CBC on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 9 p.m.

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Building a Community of Parents: An Interview with Carla Bergman

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The latest issue of Rad Dad is out and includes an interview I did with Carla Bergman, the director of The Purple Thistle, a youth-run arts and activist centre in East Vancouver.

Rad Dad is the winner of the SF Bay Guardian’s best local zine and Utne Magazine’s Independent Media Award. The magazine strives to reflect the diverse, eclectic experience of fathering and parenting from a radical perspective.

In my interview with Carla, we discuss the perils of parenting in isolation, some easy steps folks can take to build connections with other parents (for the benefit of adults and kids alike), and how politics and parenting can mingle successfully.

Check out the Rad Dad blog to find out where you can pick up a copy or order online.

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