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Arresting Hope: Women Taking Action in Prison Inside Out

November 14, 2014

Lynn Fels, SFU Education Associate Professor, along with Mo Korchinski, Ruth Elmwood Martin, and Carl Leggo warmly invite you to the book launch of Arresting Hope: Women Taking Action in Prison Inside Out on November 20, 5–7 pm at UBC Robson Square. 

The book launch offers the chance to meet the authors and contributors, listen to selected readings and hear from those whose stories and experiences are detailed in the book.

Arresting Hope features women in a provincial prison in Canada and how creative leadership fostered opportunities for transformation and hope. It also explores how engaging in research and writing contributed to their healing. The book includes poetry, stories, letters, interviews, fragments of conversations, reflections, memories, quotations, journal entries, creative nonfiction, and scholarly research. Out of multiple and diverse possibilities involving many people, Arresting Hope is focused on five women—a prison doctor, a prison warden, a prison recreation therapist, a prison educator, and a prison inmate—and their stories of grief, desire, and hope.

Proceeds from the sales of Arresting Hope will go towards education bursaries for incarcerated women and their children, and a peer health mentoring program for women as they transition out of custody.

About the Book Editors

Ruth Elwood Martin is a Clinical Professor of the Department of Family Practice, and an Associate Faculty of the School of Population and Public Health, at the University of British Columbia.

Mo Korchinski started her bachelors in social work in September 2012 and currently volunteers as a community based researcher with Women in2 Healing and works as a research assistant with the Canadian Institute of Health Research at University of British Columbia.

Lynn Fels is an associate professor in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Carl Leggo is a poet and professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia.