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Travis Lupick is an award-winning journalist based in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He has more than a decade's experience working as a staff reporter for the Georgia Straight newspaper and has also written about drug addiction, harm reduction, and mental health for the Toronto Star, The Walrus, and Al Jazeera English, among other outlets. For his reporting on Canada's opioid crisis, Lupick received the Canadian Association of Journalists' Don McGillivray Award for best overall investigative report of 2016. He has also worked as a journalist in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Bhutan, Peru, and Honduras

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"Travis Lupick brings the reality of the perennial war on drugs into vivid focus and introduces an impressive group of activists confronting this 'ongoing struggle' with steely determination and compassion. An intense, riveting report on a public health crisis and a network of heroes on the front lines." --Kirkus Reviews (STARRED) "The story of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is one of the most inspiring, moving, and enraging stories of our time. This beautiful and haunting book finally does it justice. This is essential history--and it isn't over." --Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War On Drugs "Part social history and part community organizing manual, Fighting for Space details the decade-long fight to establish North America's first medically managed site for injection drug users. It's an amazing, inspiring, and sometimes harrowing read." --Los Angeles Review of Books

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