TZAVTA #27 Celine Trojand

SEPTEMBER 30th 2018 @ 4:30PM

We are excited to host, conversationalist and hunter, Celine Trojand in conversation with traveller and writer, Lindsay Anderson.

Please note  This Tzavta  starts at 4:30!

Founder and mentor of, Celine empowers women to hunt and harvest in a way that aligns with their values and allows them to care for their families in an economic and environmentally conscious way. She organizes an annual hunt with up to 10 women, both experiences and new hunters to share their skills, explore the landscape of Haida Gwaii and what it means to be a wholehearted hunter. 

When she's not hunting, Celine is committed to empowering citizens to organize in order to defend the places and systems that sustain us. Before becoming the Lead Organizer at Organizing for Change - where she runs a three month coaching, training and campaign support program called Campaign Accelerator - she spent seven years with Dogwood Initiative where she helped build the fiercest constituency of grassroots environmental and political organizers that BC has ever seen. ‍She’s a political nerd, farming and food enthusiast, built her own house (twice!) and is known for going on epic road trips with her husky dog, Loup.

Moderator Lindsay Anderson is a food and travel writer based in Vancouver, BC. She holds a Masters in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences, which saw her spend (an unsurprisingly wonderful) year in Parma, Italy. After working as Tourism Richmond’s 365 Days of Dining blogger in 2012, she set out a 5-month journey across Canada with her friend and writing partner Dana VanVeller; their blog led to FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip, a best-selling cookbook published in 2017 by Random House Canada. She currently freelances, is working on a cookbook project with the Government of Nunavut that celebrates country food, and will act as Managing Editor of a new American-based travel website to be launched in 2019. 

A ticket to this event includes: a three course meal with coffee followed by approximately one hour open conversation. Cash bar is available throughout the night.

SOLD OUT / TZAVTA #26 denise chong

SEPTEMBER 17th 2018

We are thrilled to host award winning writer Denise Chong for our September salon. In conversation with Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins, they will explore the toll and dangers of an investigative journalist life and the relationships and connections between human rights, women's history, family and politics in a context of a longer format.

Denise Chong, an internationally published and award-winning writer, is best known for The Concubine’s Children, a memoir of her three generations of her family set between Canada and China. Called “beautiful, haunting and wise” by the New York Times Book Review, it was a Globe and Mail bestseller for 93 weeks. Her subsequent books were equally ground-breaking social histories: The Girl in the Picture, about the Vietnam War’s most famous casualty; Egg on Mao, a mediation on human rights which pivots on a young bus mechanic's act of defiance during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests; and Lives of the Family, an exploration of exile and isolation in overlapping stories about a handful of Chinese immigrants who find themselves in small town post-war Canada.

Denise holds four honorary doctorates, is a past co-chair of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and in 2013, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for “writing books that raise our social consciousness.”

Denise was the University of Calgary appointed Writer in Residence in 2017-2018 during which she worked on her 5th book.

Moderator Dr. Jacqueline Jenkins teaches and researches at the University of Calgary and is currently the Head of the Department of English. Her research and teaching interests include medieval performance and dramatic productions; women's literacy, and the patronage, production and transmission of manuscripts in the late Middle Ages; vernacular devotional literature and lay spirituality and devotional practices.

A ticket to this event includes: a three course meal with coffee followed by approximately one hour open conversation. Cash bar is available throughout the night.

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