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FORGIVENESS AND OTHER STUPID THINGS: An awakening written in the scars

25 years ago, Tamara Plant was just another teenager in Edmonton’s inner city who was struggling to find her way after leaving home at the age of 16. She left home only to find herself homeless after finishing high school with no one to guide her and no idea how to break the cycle of domestic violence she had been raised in. On Nov. 10, 2015, she celebrated her 41st birthday by launching her first novel Forgiveness and Other Stupid Things which chronicles her journey from darkness to light.

Edmonton, AB. – Nov. 10, 2015 –  Tamara Plant went back to her inner city roots to officially launch her book Forgiveness and Other Stupid Things on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts in Edmonton.

“It made sense to me to take everything I’ve learned and go back to where it all started,” Tamara said. “Growing up in the inner city has given me a lot of perspective on life and definitely shaped my compassion for others and helped me stay grounded. I know what it’s like to struggle with the demons of an abusive childhood and lose faith in the universe, thinking you don’t deserve anything good in your life.

“My book is meant to inspire others to keep going no matter how bad things seem and to share some insight into how I went from thinking forgiveness was just another fluffy concept to it being my second favourite F-word.”

On Nov. 6, 2005, she shared her story for the first time as part of a collection of stories that were published by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters called Standing Together. The book brought attention to women who had overcome adversity and was launched six days after the birth of her daughter. That story ignited a fire within Tamara and she wanted to share more of her journey and recognize women who had changed their lives for the better despite the obstacles that had been put in their way. In 2010, she created the FIERCE awards which celebrated and recognized other people in Alberta who made a difference whether it was in their own lives or the lives of others. Oct. 27, 2014 was proclaimed Tamara Plant Day by the City of Edmonton for her work with FIERCE, which had honoured 212 men and women across Alberta.

Since its release, the book has reached best seller status in Edmonton and has launched into select Chapters/Indigo stores across Alberta.

For more information about FORGIVENESS AND OTHER STUPID THINGS, please visit or contact Tamara Plant via email at She can also be found on Twitter talking about coffee, wine and her (possibly delusional) long list of Hollywood boyfriends.