Vancouver author and gay activist Alex Sangha hopes to inspire social change with his new book Catalyst.
An award winning social worker and human rights activist, Sangha is the founder of Sher Vancouver, a social, cultural, and support organization for gay and lesbian South Asians and their allies. Sangha is also the author of The Modern Thinker, a series of essays on the world in the 21st century as seen through his eyes as a social activist.
In his new book, Sangha has brought together a collection of forty commentaries covering such topics as environmental conservation, reconciling religion and sexuality, depression and arranged marriage. In an effort to spur critical thinking and debate around each topic, Sangha has written Catalyst with a question at the end of each piece.
“The goal is for people to read the book and strive for social change in their communities,” says Sangha. “In effect, the readers are the catalyst. The book aims to stir social discussion and discuss ideas.”
Culture Vulture David C Jones spoke with Sangha about Catalyst which is currently available both in print and as an e-book from Amazon.