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Stedman Community Bookstore hosts reading for author and psychotherapist

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Apr 15/11| For Immediate Release

Contact:

Jennifer Brickman, Supervisor
Stedman Community Bookstore, Laurier Brantford
519-756-8228 ext. 5834 or jbrickman@wlu.ca

or

Kevin Klein, External Relations Coordinator
Laurier Brantford
519-756-8228 ext. 5753 or kklein@wlu.ca

BRANTFORD The Stedman Community Bookstore at Laurier Brantford will host a reading with author Farzana Doctor of her second novel, Six Metres of Pavement, April 19 at 5 p.m. The event will take place in the Research and Academic Centre, 150 Dalhousie Street.

Doctor is a social worker and consultant in private practice, specializing in working with individuals and couples with questions about sexual orientation, gender identity, substance use, trauma and relationship issues. She is also a clinical trainer specializing in anti-oppressive practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and people of colour. In addition to her first novel, Stealing Nasreen, she has written two books on sexual orientation and gender identity during assessment for drug and alcohol concerns and mental health.

"The Stedman Community Bookstore is very pleased to welcome Farzana for a reading and book signing," said Jennifer Brickman, bookstore supervisor. "We look forward to bringing authors like Farzana to campus and to the community."

In addition to the reading, Farzana will be on campus earlier in the day to conduct a workshop for Laurier Brantford's counselling services and other counsellors from the community entitled "Cultural Competency in Working with the LGBTQ Community." The workshop is designed for social workers and psychologists who are working within this community and who want to develop more comfort and knowledge in working with LGBTQ individuals.

"This is a growing area of need as increasingly individuals are hoping to be more 'out' in our society," said Anna Gold, senior counsellor at Laurier Brantford. "We at Laurier Brantford want to increase the opportunities for young people coming to terms with their sexual identity and sexual orientation and to be supported and connected in our community."

The Stedman Community Bookstore is located in the Laurier Brantford Research and Academic Centre - West, 150 Dalhousie Street, Brantford. For store hours or contact information, please visit www.stedmanbookstore.com.

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