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Newfoundland Poet Mark Callanan in Atlantic Books Today

The following is an excerpt from a column about  young writers in Atlantic Canada, written by Chris Benjamin and published in Atlantic Books Today in June 2015. This column focused on Newfoundland poet Mark Callanan:

In the mid nineties Mark Callanan could have been a portrait of proto-teen, banging awkwardly at a guitar trying to make up songs. You know, working on his music. It didn’t take him long to realize Read more

NBA Analytics article from Men’s Journal

The following is an excerpt from an article published by Men’s Journal in June 2015, called “The 4 Fallacies of NBA Analytics,” based on an interview with economist David Berri:

In recent years, basketball fans and writers have shed heavy pixels and ink on the ascendancy of geeks over jocks in pro sports. Heavy number crunching – complete with new stats and endless logarithms – have taken over the games we love.

And yet, according to one of the thinkers who sparked the statistical revolution, most NBA teams still don’t know squat about how to win with numbers. David Berri co-authored his now-classic Wages of Wins: Taking Measure of the Many Myths in Modern Sport nearly a decade ago. His work has focused on understanding which statistics most impact the desired outcome: winning.

“Wins in the NBA are determined by Read more

Environmental Columns from Halifax Magazine

The following is an excerpt from the April 2015 Halifax Magazine essay called “Time for a Revolution,” by Chris Benjamin.

Once upon a time the world waited breathlessly for someone to perfect the horseless carriage. But soon the gadgetry proved less significant than the infrastructure around it.

A German named Benz built what we now think of as the first car. But it was Henry Ford who came up with efficient means of production to make automobiles affordable for the masses.

And then you had the Read more

Saint Mary’s University presents journalist Chris Benjamin’s Indian School Road

Thursday, October 15 at 4:30 pm, Saint Mary’s University presents Chris Benjamin, journalist and author of Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School.

Where? At the Loyola Academic Complex (5865 Gorsebrook Avenue) -  Room 175.

Everyone welcome!

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“…a gut-wrenching and much-needed historical work…I’d like to see Indian School Road as mandatory reading in all Canadian high schools and universities.” –Marjorie Simmins, The Antigonish Review

“It’s a powerful, hard-hitting book that will bring the whole sordid history of the schools to new audiences.”
–Paul Bennett, Chronicle Herald

“Reading this book will at least get us past the comfortable lies.”
–Jon Tattrie, Atlantic Books Today

Through research, interviews and first-hand testimony, journalist Chris Benjamin guides readers through the tragic history of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, including the stories of students, principals, and teachers from its founding in 1930 to present.

Indian School Road Comes to Port Hawkesbury

Public Talk by Chris Benjamin

author of Indian School Road:

Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School

 

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Winner of the 2013 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award for Social Justice writing

When: Wednesday, 13 October 2015, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where:

Nova Scotia Community College

Port Hawkesbury Campus Theatre

226 Reeves St. Port Hawkesbury

 

“This book demonstrates vividly the wounds and scars accumulated by the incarcerated children will not heal in their lifetimes”

– Daniel Paul

 

“It’s a powerful, hard-hitting book that will bring the whole sordid history of the schools to new audiences.”

– Paul Bennett, the Chronicle Herald

 

All are welcome!

 

Public Talk by Author Chris Benjamin

To help Mount Saint Vincent University commemorate Mi’kmaq History Month (October), award-winning author Chris Benjamin will be speaking about his book, Indian School Road: Legacies of the Shubenacadie Residential School (Nimbus, 2014).

October 7 at 12:00–13:30
Mount Saint Vincent University (166 Bedford Highway, Halifax) in
Seton Building, Auditorium D
MSVU

Indian School Road book talks at NS Universities

The Indian School Road Fall 2015 University Book Tour continues with two events next week!

Tuesday, Sept 29, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, at Dalhousie University’s McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building (6135 University Avenue), Room 2012, in Halifax, Chris Benjamin will give a talk on the Shubenacadie Residential School based on his book, Indian School Road.

On Wednesday, Sept 30, 7:00-9:00 pm, at StFX University’s MacKay Lounge (in the Bloomfield Centre) in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Chris Benjamin will give a talk on the Shubenacadie Residential School based on his book, Indian School Road.

Talking Residential Schools

Two upcoming events on the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School:

Friday, Sept 18, 12:00 noon until 2:20 pm, at the University of Prince Edward Island Main Faculty Lounge in Charlottetown. Chris Benjamin will give a talk on the Shubenacadie Residential School based on his book, Indian School Road.

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Saturday, Sept 19, 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, at the Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road). Authors Chris Benjamin and Carol MacDougall will read from and discuss their recent books, one non-fiction and one fiction, each of which features a residential school and its lasting impacts and the concept of reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.

 

 

Jeff Bursey & Friends & Books

Date: Wednesday, Aug 26

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia offices, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax

Perks: COFFEE and snacks

Admission: FREE

Prince Edward new-jeff-cover-216x300Island-based author Jeff Bursey will be in Halifax launching his new novel, Mirrors on which dust has fallen. 

Joining him will be poet and short story writer Carole Langille, poet Shalan Joudry, and novelist/short story/non-fiction writer Chris Benjamin, each reading recently published works and signing books, which will be available onsite from Bookmark.

Circle of Understanding

I had the great honour to present at an event honouring survivors from the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School this month at the University of New Brunswick. CBC did a piece on the event: