Book Launch of Resilience Is Futile: The Life and Death and Life of Julie S. Lalonde

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Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa Public Library, and the Ottawa International Writers Festival invite you to the book launch of Resilience Is Futile: The Life and Death and Life of Julie S. Lalonde.

A memoir of terror. An indictment of a misogynistic system that silences survivors.

For over a decade Julie Lalonde kept a secret. As an award-winning advocate for women’s rights, she criss-crossed the country, denouncing violence against women and giving hundreds of media interviews along the way. Her work made national headlines for challenging universities and taking on Canada’s top military brass. But while appearing fearless on the surface, Julie met every interview and event with the same fear in her gut: was he here?

Fleeing intimate partner violence at age twenty, Julie was stalked by her ex-partner for over ten years, rarely mentioning it to friends, let alone addressing it publicly. The contrast between her public career as a brave champion for women with her own private life of violence and fear meant a shaky and exhausting balancing act.

Resilience Is Futile is a story of survival, courage and, ultimately, hope. But it also challenges the ways we understand trauma and resilience. It is the story of one survivor who won’t give up and refuses to shut up.


Book launch
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Library and Archives Canada
Pellan Room, 2nd floor, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
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