Fogarty and Epstein discuss Kingston penal legacies

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

Catherine Fogarty’s Murder on the Inside: The True Story of the Deadly Riot at Kingston Penitentiary is a compelling history of an uprising that took place in April of 1971.

In order to draw attention to the dehumanizing realities of life inside the penitentiary – including overcrowding, harsh punishment and extreme isolation– incarcerated people took the guards hostage and attempted to negotiate before things took a tragic turn. Catherine Fogarty will join us online on November 23 at 7 p.m. Register to join us on or (613) 476-5962.

Catherine Fogarty is a storyteller. She is the founder and president of Big Coat Media and Story Hunter Podcasts. An accomplished television producer, writer and director, Catherine has produced award-winning lifestyle, reality and documentary series for both Canadian and American networks for over twenty years. Catherine is the executive producer of the Gemini nominated series Love It or List It, one of Canada’s most successful lifestyle/reality formats now in its tenth season of HGTV. Catherine is the writer, producer and voice of Story Hunter Podcasts, a true crime podcast network that focuses on Canadian historical crime stories. Originally trained as a social worker, Catherine studied deviance and criminology. She worked with numerous at-risk populations including street youth, people with AIDS, abused women, and social services. Catherine holds an M.A. in Social Work ( University of Sydney), an MBA in Human Resource Management (University of New England) and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of Kings College.

Catherine will be joined in conversation with Lenny Epstein, one of the filmmakers behind “Till the Cows Come Home.” For two days in the late summer of 2010, hundreds of angry protesters stood in front of Frontenac Prison Farm in the heart of Kingston, Ontario, ready to block cattle trucks brought in to remove the century old prize dairy herd. The dramatic standoff between protesters and police lasted two days, through pouring rain and hot sun. It was front page news across the country. An army of black-clad police arrested twenty-four people. The youngest woman arrested was 14, the oldest, 85.

Till The Cows Come Home tells the story behind this extraordinary display of civil disobedience, filled with gripping confrontations and a cast of colorful characters, from irate farmers to passionate nuns to endearing ex-cons. This promises to be a an interesting discussion. If you are interested in reading Murder on the Inside or viewing the DVD recording of ‘Till The Cows Come Home, both are available from the library.

You can ask at any branch of the library.

-Liz Zylstra