Long the subject of media attention for its rampant drug use and prostitution, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is sure to be in the headlines again once Robert Pickton, who is accused of killing over a dozen of the neighbourhood’s women, has his trial date set next month. It’s nice therefore to hear some good news coming out of the neighbourhood. A Globe and Mail story profiles the successful efforts of Vancouver bookseller Mary Trentadue to set up a book club for sex-trade workers. Called Beyond Words, the book club’s debut read will be Missing Sarah, by Maggie de Vries, the story of de Vries’ adoptive sister who fell into the world of addiction and prostitution and was likely murdered by Pickton.
Globe and Mail story on Vancouver book club