LGBTQ activist David France joins us for an extended conversation following a screening of his Oscar-nominated and Peabody Award–winning documentary How to Survive a Plague, and returns after the event for a book signing.
This event is co-presented by Penguin Random House Canada.
David France is a filmmaker, journalist, and author. His book Our Fathers (99), about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal, was adapted into a film by Showtime, and he coauthored The Confession (06) with former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey. He is a contributing editor for New York Magazine and has written for The New York Times. His documentary film How to Survive a Plague (12) won a Directors Guild Award and a Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award and two Emmys.
Ron Rosenes is the former Chair and Honorary Director of the AIDS Committee of Toronto. He is also the founding Board Member of the Sherbourne Health Centre, Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign to fund the expansion of the 519 LGBTQ Community Centre, and a member of AIDS ACTION NOW! Rosenes has served on the Steering Committee of the Canada AIDS Russia Project and on advisory committees to the Ontario provincial Minister of Health, Health Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He recently stepped down after 14 years as Co-Chair of the Canadian Treatment Action Council, an organization focussed on access to therapies for people with HIV. Rosenes has been living with HIV for over 35 years, and has received numerous awards for his activist work, including the Order of Canada and an Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University.