Singing to the Darkness – Join Us for the Feast Hall Book Launch

SINGING TO THE DARKNESS by Patricia Vickers, PhD

Join Us for the Feast Hall Book Launch

Early in May 2020, HARP the People’s Press announced the release of Singing to the Darkness: meditations and monologues, a visual inquiry into trauma and resilience by Patricia June Vickers, PhD of Haida Gwaii.

Singing to the Darkness cover
Singing to the Darkness

In ordinary times, the publisher and the author by now would be setting up an in-person launch event where the curious and the committed could gather in place to learn more about the book from the author, publishers, and advance readers. Before the world changed, we had envisioned the places and the people for two events to accommodate the author Patricia Vickers on the west coast in Haida Gwaii and the publishers, Dorothy Lander and John Graham-Pole, on the east coast in Nova Scotia.  But these are not ordinary times.

And so it is that HARP, like many other small publishers, has come up with an innovative scheme for a virtual book launch. We propose to deliver a progressive book launch, a kind of progressive dinner party, offering nourishing morsels over time and space, modelling the ceremonial Feast Hall style that animates Patricia’s writing.  For each course, we will focus on a different aspect of Patricia’s book.  We will address the different and overlapping reader categories identified on the HARP website, including: Indigenous studies; intergenerational trauma therapists/counsellors/artists; lifelong learners, adult educators and policymakers; writers and storytellers.

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NOTE – The online book launch was held in June.  Recordings of the 4 sessions will be uploaded here.  You can REGISTER to receive updates on the recordings that will be added weekly in July, 2020

Starter: What’s in a Title? – by HARP Publisher Dorothy Lander

June 4, 2020
Entree 1:   Singing to the Darkness: Narrative Inquiry with author Patricia Vickers, PhD and HARP publisher Dorothy Lander, PhD

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June 11, 2020
Entree 2:   A Gift of Hope: A Visual Inquiry with Patricia Vickers and Editor Leslie Eliel, Body/Mind Books. Watch the Zoom recording.

June 18,
Entree 3:  Indigenous Resiliency: A Conversation with Dr. Martin Brokenleg and Dr. Patricia Vickers

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June 25, 4 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Atlantic
Entree 4: All My Relations (one heart one mind):  Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Maté and Dr. Patricia Vickers

For each session, we will model virtual book signing.  For each book that you purchase online, you can choose to have Patricia Vickers send you her scanned clan and hand-written signature and personal message to your email address.

Patricia Vickers was born into the Eagle Clan with Indigenous – Haida, Heiltsuk, and Ts’msyen – and British ancestry. Her scholar­ship and healing path have been shaped by the influences and echoes of both worlds. Patricia lives on Haida Gwaii, Brit­ish Columbia, where she is the Mental Health Department Head at Skidegate Health Centre.

Dr. Martin Brokenleg is co-author of the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk:  Our Hope for the Future and co-developer of the Circle of Courage model and provides training worldwide for individuals who work with youth at risk.  He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Anglican Divinity School.  He is a retired professor and was most recently Director of Native Ministries and Professor of First Nations Theology at the Vancouver School of Theology.  For thirty years, Dr. Brokenleg was Professor of Native American studies at Augustana University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Gabor Maté (pronounced GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness.

Leslie Eliel has worked for 20 years as an independent nonfiction book designer and editor in Seattle, Washington. For information, visit her webpage at BodyMind Books (

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