It began on a summer day in 1987. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Bonnie Sherr Klein and her husband Michael were enjoying a few days alone at their cabin. After a day in the outdoors, Klein became weak and nauseous. When she began to stagger and slur her speech, her husband, a physician, rushed her to the hospital in Montreal. Two weeks later, she suffered a second, nearly fatal stroke. Klein was 46 at the time. She spent seven months in the hospital and three years in rehabilitation. Klein learned to get around with two canes or a motorized scooter. A passionate activist, she co-wrote a memoir called Slow Dance: A Story of Strokes, Love and Discovery (Knopf) with Persimmon Blackbridge. They received the 1998 VanCity Book Prize.

Klein was born in Philadelphia on April 1, 1941. She moved to B.C. in 1993. She is the mother of Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, and other books.

[BCBW 2004] "VanCity"