Hillside Inside 2020
February 7 - 9
Don Gillmor is an award-winning Canadian novelist, journalist and children's book author. His new book To the River explores his brother’s suicide. It won the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction.
To the River: Losing My Brother
In the spring of 2006, Don Gillmor travelled to Whitehorse to reconstruct the last days of his brother, David, a talented musician whose truck and cowboy hat had been found at the edge of the Yukon River. David's family, his wife and his friends had different theories about his disappearance. Some thought he had run away; some thought he'd met with foul play; but most believed that David, who at forty-eight was about to give up the night life for a day job, had intentionally walked into the water. Just as Don was about to paddle the river looking for traces, David's body was recovered. And Don's canoe trip turned into an act of remembrance and mourning.
Though David could now be laid to rest, there was no rest for his survivors. In this tender, probing, surprising work, Don Gillmor helps those left behind understand why people kill themselves and how to live with the aftermath. And he asks why, for the first time, it's not the teenaged or the elderly who have the highest suicide rate, but the middle aged. Especially men.
You can reserve your seat for the Lit Music Brunch by calling Miijidaa Café: (519) 821-9271. They accept credit card numbers over the phone. Doors open at 10:30am; Reading and Music 11:30am-1pm. $35 +tax, includes brunch and entertainment.
Sunday, February 9th at 10:30am