Book launch of Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up by Dave Meslin

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival, the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada invite you to the book launch of Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up by Dave Meslin.

Book launch
in English only
Monday, May 27, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Voters are increasingly turning towards the angriest candidates or simply tuning out completely and staying home. But as Dave Meslin’s career has shown, we can fix things. We can turn elite power structures upside down. We can give a voice to ordinary people. But it means fixing things from the bottom up and starting locally. It’s hard to change the world if you can’t change a municipal by-law. Teardown shows readers how to do both. And it shows us that these two challenges are not fundamentally different.

From environmental activism to public space advocacy to the ongoing campaign for electoral reform, Dave Meslin has been both out on the street in marches and in the back rooms drawing up policy. With Teardown he reminds us that the future of our species doesn’t need to look like a train wreck. That we’re capable of so much more.

It’s time to raise our expectations: of the system, of each other and of ourselves. Only then can we re-imagine a new democracy, unrecognizable from today’s political mess. This book is a recipe for change. A cure for cynicism. A war on apathy.

For more information about this event, call 613–996-5115 (1-866-578-7777) or email

allsaints event space
10 Blackburn Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
Seating is limited, so please register.
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