Updates

(25 November 2020) It’s been quite a journey but the final edits are coming almost complete. It’s been an amazing experience to work with Susan Mcclelland the last couple years as we worked on putting it all together. It still needs to be lawyered (due to the nature of the story) and some minor edits remain.

We’re hoping to have it published around May 2021. Stay tuned for more updates.

(18 May 2020) It’s going to be a little longer until we publish. COVID-19 put the world on pause. Release date TBA.

For much of the last year and a half I’ve been working with award-winning writer Susan McClelland on a book about Rehtaeh’s life, her death, and the aftermath of losing her.

Writing this book about Rehtaeh’s life and tragic death is not only a way to honour her legacy, but a way to let the many young people in Canada going through similar situations know that they’re not alone.

It hasn’t been easy, going over all the details and the pain that seemed to come with every passing day. It’s not a goodbye, as in the final chapter I’ll face in my life with and without Rae, but I am trying to deal with the “now what” part. This has been the perfect way to start that journey.

The book is scheduled to publish in the spring of 2021 but who knows given the state of the world at the moment. It will chronicle how I confronted both family tragedy and a pernicious, persistent culture of misogyny that created the conditions for that tragedy.

Press Release

Goose Lane to publish book about Rehtaeh Parsons and the aftermath of her tragic death

Father Glen Canning to pen story of sorrow and healing with writer Susan McClelland

Rehtaeh Parsons, whose tragic story made headlines around the world following the end of her life in April, 2013, will be the subject of a new book by her father, Glen Canning, with award-winning writer Susan McClelland.

Rehtaeh, an introverted, gifted teenager who loved animals and studied quantum physics and parallel universes, had been sexually assaulted by four boys before she eventually took her own life. A photo taken during the assault quickly spread across social media networks. Police, initially optimistic, eventually dropped the case. Shaming from her peers and schoolmates persisted, sending Rehtaeh into depression and drug abuse before her death.

Rehtaeh’s story spawned protests in cities across Canada, and inspired the formation of anti-violence groups around the world. A precursor to the #metoo movement, it also sparked a national judicial review, ordered by the highest levels of government, a review of mental health services for assaulted teens, and an overhaul of how schools deal with cyber exploitation. The public outcry around her case resulted in it being reopened, with new charges laid, eventually resulting in convictions.

“Writing this book about Rehtaeh’s life and tragic death is not only a way to honour her legacy, but a way to let the many young people in Canada going through similar situations know that they’re not alone,” said Glen Canning,

The book is scheduled to publish in the spring of 2020. It will chronicle how Glen Canning confronted both family tragedy and a pernicious, persistent culture of misogyny that created the conditions for that tragedy. It is the story of a father, a daughter, a community, and what it takes to heal.

The deal was arranged by Rob Firing at the Transatlantic Agency.