Award-winning New West author JJ Lee to speak at local library Dec. 1

New Westminster author JJ Lee
New Westminster author JJ Lee

New Westminster author and nominee for the Governor General’s Literary Award JJ Lee will talk about his new book The Measure of a Man at the New Westminster Public Library on Thursday, December 1 at 7 pm. Space is limited, so the library is asking people to pre-register at 604-527-4667.

TF blogger Jen Arbo reviewed The Measure of a a Man on our site in October, saying, “Measure of a Man is a great read, and I’d have to rank it as one of the better books I have read this year. It felt like the beauty and creativity of fiction but with the truthfulness of non-fiction.”

Part personal memoir, part social history of the suit, The Measure of a Man is also about fathers and sons and learning what it means to be a man. When JJ Lee decided to alter his late father’s last remaining suit for himself, he embarked on a journey into his own past. He reveals the heartbreaking tale of his father and recounts the year he spent as an apprentice tailor at the last of Vancouver’s legendary Chinatown tailors where he learned invaluable lessons about life. Woven throughout these two personal strands are entertaining stories from the social history of the man’s suit, the surprising battleground where the war between generations has long been fought.

JJ Lee is the menswear columnist for the Vancouver Sun and broadcasts a weekly fashion column for the CBC Radio in Vancouver. You can also find out more about him and his book on his blog or on Twitter.