Alan Twigg’s tribute to Rudolf Vrba

Rudolf Vrba, who escaped Auschwitz and co-authored a report saving 200,000 lives, remains unrecognized in Vancouver despite his significant historical impact. Alan Twigg (l.) seeks to change this.” FULL STORY

 

Hurray for Harvoni

February 17th, 2016

For forty years Kim Goldberg never told anyone she had Hepatitis C. She railed against doctors and Big Pharma. Then she was completely cured, at no cost, during clinical trials conducted for a drug called Harvoni, developed by Gilead Sciences Inc., with a wholesale price of $1,125 per pill. We learn from her memoir Undetectable (Pig Squash Press $19) that approximately 250,000 people live with chronic Hepatitis C in Canada, often furtively. “The way to end the stigma is to normalize discussion about Hepatitis C,” she says, “the same way we openly discuss cancer or diabetes.” Goldberg’s account of her healing uses the Japanese literary style called haibun–a travel diary paired with haiku–after she was inspired by reading Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior. 978-0-9949868-0-1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • About Us

    BC BookLook is an independent website dedicated to continuously promoting the literary culture of British Columbia.