‘The Plague Came With No Directions’: A reading, interview and community HIV/AIDS sharing and candle-lighting

December 1st is World AIDS Day and in honour of that Word Feast, AIDS New Brunswick and the Queer History Initiative of NB are hosting a reading of “The Plague Came with No Directions” by Thom Vernon.
“Everybody’s got their HIV.” The essay finds a metaphor for Thom’s lived experiences in getting stuck on a mountain in the Pyrenees.

The essay is also the winner of the 2022 Edna Staebler Personal Essay contest.
The reading will be followed with an interview with Meredith Batt, and time for audience questions.

The event will be followed by a candle lighting to honour the light of those we have lost to HIV/AIDS to remember those who have touched hearts and impacted communities. Anyone who wishes is invited to light a candle, share a memory or a moment of silence with those in attendance.


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