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Coquitlam Public Library hosts Gwynne Dyer

National columnist to speak on "Trump effect"
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U.S. President Donald Trump will be the topic when national columnist Gwynne Dyer speaks at Coquitlam Public Library later this month.

What is the Trump effect on trade and foreign relations? That's a question to be tackled by historian, columnist and documentary filmmaker Gwynne Dyer when he makes an appearance later this month at Coquitlam Public Library.

Dyer, who has written that automation, not free trade, is killing jobs, will give a talk called "The Trump Era: Barking Up the Wrong Tree" on Thursday, May 25.

HIs presentation, according to the library, is part of a Canada-wide tour and will examine the larger implications of Donald Trump's election to the U.S. presidency and how the world has changed as a result.

"His knowledge of what's going on in the world, whether you agree with his position or not, he's going to be making you think,"said Todd Gnissios, CPL library director.

Gnissios said the library was approached by Dyer's publicist and jumped at the chance to offer a world-class speaker to engage local residents and library patrons.
"It's actually exciting," Gnissios said. "I've read most of his books and he's been quite a dynamic speaker."

He said the library can hold about 200 people and two screens will be able to simulcast his presentation.

Dyer writes an international affairs column and was the host of a documentary series in 2008 called Climate Wars for the CBC Radio program Ideas. He is also the author of several books, including War. His most recent book is Don't Panic! Islamic State Terrorism and the Middle East.

After the presentation, Dyer will be available to sign copies of his books and there will be copies on sale, as well.

Tickets are $10 and available at either branch of Coquitlam Public Library, with the event taking place at the City Centre branch, 1169 Pinetree Way, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.