Wordfest Presents Eva Holland (Nerve)

Wordfest Presents Eva Holland (Nerve)

Wordfest Presents Eva Holland (Nerve)

May 22 @ 7 PM - 8:15 PM MT 
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW

Overcome your fears with Eva Holland, the author of Nerve: A Personal Journey Through The Science Of Fear. Did you know that there are scientists who are trying to eliminate phobias with a single pill? If you could, would you take it? This event includes an on-stage interview and book reading, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Indulge in the full Nerve-racking Weekend Experience by adding her Saturday morning magazine-focused event to your ticket order. 

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.



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

Also by Eva:

  • “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


Books will be available for purchase at the event by local bookseller, Owl's Nest Books.

If you want to purchase the book in advance: 

Owl's Nest Books | The Next Page | Indigo.ca