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Canadian Launch of The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, & Healing in a Toxic Culture

Sep. 11. 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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 his son and co-author Daniel Maté and event moderator Maria LeRose.

Banyen will have copies of the book for sale at the event before the official 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.


Sep. 11. 22
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Goldcorps Centre for the Arts (at SFU Downtown Vancouver, BC)
149 West Hastings St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1H4 Canada