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Local author launches new novel with fundraising event for SAHF

Dr. Pat Zehr’s second book, “Peggy Was Right” available at May 2nd event

Sault Are Hospital Foundation, together with Tagona Press, invite you for an evening "In conversation with Dr. Pat Zehr”. Join us Thursday, May 2 at the Loft for an evening of great discussion and readings from Dr. Zehr’s second book – a novel, titled Peggy was Right.

Following her personal memoir, The Beatles, Babies and Broken Bodies (2022), Dr. Zehr draws on her 40+ year career to tell the story of Peggy: a young, idealistic Ontario nurse who deliberately chooses to seek employment in Texas – a state with one of the highest US maternal mortality rates. Peggy was Right places ethically and politically conflicted American society in its crosshairs, where Zehr illustrates how the ‘abortion debate’ is unfolding in ways where hope, human rights, physical and emotional pain, personal dignity, and (ultimately) resilience continually reshape the story.

Dr. Pat Zehr

“The politicizing of healthcare has always been dangerous,” said Dr. Zehr. “As a woman, as a Canadian and as a retired healthcare worker of 43 years, I’m offering a unique perspective on the increasing challenges for all people, but especially for women to get the healthcare they need and deserve.” 

“Tagona Press is honoured to bring this important work to a wider audience,” said publisher Bryan Davies. “Peggy was Right is a must-read for anyone who has navigated the turbulent waters of healthcare, felt the sting of systemic indifference, or fought for the right to make choices about their own body. It speaks to healthcare professionals and advocates, women’s rights activists, and general readers alike, offering a narrative rich with empathy, insight, and the courage to confront uncomfortable truths.”

“Congratulations to Dr. Zehr on another dynamic book,” said Teresa Martone, Executive Director, Sault Area Hospital Foundation. “We are grateful for her continued support of Sault Area Hospital Foundation. Funds raised from the evening will support the Sexual Assault Care Centre, an area Dr. Zehr is passionate about.”

The event begins at 7:00 pm at The Loft, located in the Algoma Conservatory Building in the Canal District. Christine Simpson, Nurse Clinical Leader, Sexual Assault Care Centre will moderate the evening which includes a reading, a Q & A discussion and a book signing.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to Sault Area Hospital Foundation, in support of the Sexual Assault Care Centre.




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