Wordfest Online Happy Hour with Eva Holland

Wordfest Online Happy Hour with Eva Holland

Apr 09 @ 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM MT 

Join us for a Happy Hour event with Yukon-based journalist Eva Holland to celebrate her new book Nerve: A Personal Journey Through The Science of Fear. Pour yourself a local craft beer (the darker the better and preferably an oatmeal stout) or an Orangina - Eva's favourite drinks and tune into Wordfest's Facebook page at 5:30 PM (MT) for a conversation hosted by Christina Frangou, who, like Eva, is one of the world's leading magazine writers.

You do not need a Facebook account to watch the live stream and you will still be able to ask questions, using the Facebook comments section. This event is free but if you register below, we'll send you easy instructions to help you get set up, as well as our unique Digital Doggie Bag after the event, sharing all the links, goodies and references that Eva and Christina mention.

We are so grateful to Penguin Random House Canada for making it possible for us to connect with Eva the same week as her book is being published. To get a copy of Nerve, please get in touch with your local book stores (let's keep them in business!). Here are Calgary booksellers that would love to be able to deliver through curbside pickup or to your home: 

 Owl's Nest Books | Shelf LifePages On Kensington | Indigo.ca

About Nerve: A Personal Journey Through The Science Of Fear

In 2015, Eva Holland was forced to confront her greatest fear when her mother had a stroke and suddenly passed away. After the shock and grief subsided, Holland began to examine the extent to which her many fears had limited her, and wondered whether or not it was possible to move past them.

This sent Holland on a deep dive into the science of fear, digging into an array of universal and personal questions: Why do we feel fear? Where do phobias come from and how are they related to anxiety disorders and trauma? Can you really smell fear? (Yes.) What would it be like to feel no fear? Is there a cure for fear? Or, put differently, is there a better way to feel afraid?

On her journey, Holland explores the lives of the few individuals who suffer from a rare disease that prevents them from ever feeling fear, and she immerses herself in her own fears including hurling herself out of a plane for her first skydive.

Fear is a universal human experience, and Nerve answers these questions in a refreshingly accessible way, offering readers an often personal, sometimes funny, and always rigorously researched journey through the science of facing our fears.

About Eva Holland

Eva Holland is a freelance writer based in Whitehorse. She is currently a correspondent at the magazine Outside, and has had her work published in WiredBloomberg BusinessweekPacific StandardNational Geographic News, The Walrus, Hazlitt, and many more.


Articles and Reviews:

  • “A Single Pill May Be The Key To Overcoming Many Paralyzing Fears” — CBC
  • “Yukon writer to face her fears in new book” — CBC
  • "A Striking Debut Work" — The Experiment

Also by Eva:

  • "The Frontier Couple Who Chose Death Over Life Apart" — Outside Magazine
  • “Exposure Therapy and the Fine Art of Scaring the Shit Out of Yourself On Purpose” — Esquire
  • “When a Fatal Grizzly Mauling Goes Viral” — Outside Magazine
  • “The Rise and Fall of Ski Ballet” — Grantland