Writing about social justice issues in fictional work

Writer, conflict mediator, educator, organic farmer and social activist Stephen Law will discuss the complexities of writing about social justice issues within the genre of fictional literature Thursday.

Author of the recently published novel, Tailings of Warren Peace (Fernwood Publishing), Law will join York’s Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean Nov. 7, from 2 to 3:30pm, at 305 York Tailings of Warren PeaceLanes, Keele campus.

Law uses writing and storytelling as a way to intersect literature with solidarity. He works for the Tatamagouche Centre in Nova Scotia as the social transformation program coordinator and co-owns SunRoot Farm. Tailings of Warren Peace weaves together a corrupt mining company, repossessed gravestones, a man’s fractured past, mysterious notes posted to lampposts and murder deep in the highlands of Guatemala.

He has worked across Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia supporting peaceful resolutions to conflict, sustainable living and supporting alternative and creative approaches to community development.

Later the same day, social justice thriller Tailings of Warren Peace will launch with social justice storytelling, food and music from 6:30 to 9pm, at Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto.

Law will read passages from his novel, while others will share stories of the struggle for social justice through music, visual art and personal testimony. The evening event is co-sponsored by the CERLAC, the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network and the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network.