Dr. Ben Hoffman will be in Pembroke on Thursday, April 6th at the Prince Street Bookstore & Coffee Company for a book signing starting at 4 pm. Copies of his new book will be available for purchase.
On April 8th at 2pm the Arnprior Public Library, in cooperation with the Canadian Peace Initiative, is hosting a long time resident of the Ottawa Valley for a book signing event.
Dr. Ben Hoffman and his wife Ann (Suter) grew up in Pembroke. They lived in Eganville and Arnprior with their sons Evan and Warren. With Ann at his side to coach and support their many life decisions, Ben’s remarkable career started in the correctional system, then mental health in Renfrew County, after which he created one of Canada’s first mediation companies in Ottawa. In 2000 he became Director of Conflict Resolution at The Carter Center in Atlanta, working closely with President Jimmy Carter. Ben met the notorious Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army in an effort to free thousands of abducted child soldiers and he facilitated peace agreements in dangerous conflicts in locations such as Sudan and Crimea.
Dr. Hoffman is known for his work as a practitioner, educator, author and film maker. His film Last Dance in Buttonville, profiles the loving relationship between his in-laws who carried their love into their final years, despite struggling with dementia. The film was up for awards and gained recognition from the Alzheimer’s society.
Ben has now written a moving, passionate memoir, The Violence Vaccine. From his childhood as a born-again Christian to an international peace mediator, his story is gripping. He challenges us to avoid the mistake of believing that love and caring makes us weak; that more of everything is good; and that power over others leads to the good life.
His work has brought hope and expanded possibilities to people in very difficult situations, from the personal to the international. His thoughtful recounting of his experience in many books he has authored has been instrumental in developing nonviolent models to resolving violent conflict. The Violence Vaccine is a book that speaks to each of us in “times like these”.
On April 8th Ben will read excerpts and there will be an opportunity for questions and getting your copy of his book personally notated. For more information phone Arnprior Library at 613-623-2279