Lisa Birnie – Writer

Lisa (Hobbs) Birnie’s career as a journalist and author has spanned six decades and three continents. She is the author of nine books of nonfiction. Her best-known book in Canada is The Death and Life of Sue Rodriguez, although decades earlier, a journalistic coup resulted in I Saw Red China, which hit the New York Times best-seller list.

She lived in San Francisco during the heyday of the 60’s counterculture, interviewing such figures as Timothy Leary, Lenny Bruce, Cesar Chavez, Dick Gregory, Saul Alinsky and many others for the San Francisco Examiner.

Although the publishing world has changed greatly since then, she still believes that journalism is one of the most exciting, challenging and fulfilling pursuits available.

Her latest book is In Mania’s Memory, the interwoven stories of two women, one a Jewish child in Auschwitz, the other a female Nazi guard, whose lives miraculously reconnect years later. It is due to be released in August 2010.