‘Power Point Karaoke’ Launches Centennial Edition of The Gutenberg Galaxy


The Gutenberg Galaxy: Centennial edition with new essays by W. Terrence Gordon, Elena Lamberti, and Dominique Scheffel-Dunand

The new edition of Gutenberg Galaxy from University of Toronto Press

(TORONTO, CANADA, AUGUST 30, 2011). What’s your take on McLuhan? Michael, Eric and Elizabeth McLuhan join four independent thinkers from across Toronto who attempt to answer this question next week using a medium that didn’t exist in McLuhan’s day. In a round of PowerPoint Karaoke, speakers will have ten minutes with twenty randomly selected slides to make their point.

EVENT: Power Point Karaoke and Launch of The Gutenberg Galaxy (Centennial Edition)

DATES: September 6, Doors Open 7pm, Event Starts 7:30pm             

PLACE: Gladstone Hotel,1214 Queen Street West,Toronto

ADMISSION: $5 Admission (deducted from purchase price of Gutenberg Galaxy). Cash bar.

Speaker Schedule:

 Michael McLuhan is the executor of Marshall’s Estate. He will be joined for the evening by his brother Dr. Eric McLuhan and sister Dr. Elizabeth McLuhan. They will speak briefly on life at home during the writing and creation of the Gutenberg Galaxy.

Jesse Hirsh is an internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster based in Toronto,
Canada. He has a weekly nationally syndicated column on CBC radio explaining and analyzing the latest trends and developments in technology using language and examples that are meaningful and relevant to everyday life.

Natalie Kertes is Program Co-ordinator at Diaspora Dialogues and Program Director at Small Print Toronto. After graduating from University of Toronto,
Kertes trained with renowned author Roddy Doyle at his creative writing centre,
Fighting Words Dublin. Her literary programming for young people and emerging
writers also draws from her background in theatre, film and media arts. www.diasporadialogues.com

George Elliott Clarke In addition to being a poet, playwright and literary critic, Clarke is the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours and has published in a variety of genres including verse-novels, such as Whylah Falls, verse plays like Beatrice Chancy, and screenplays such as One Heart Broken Into Song (Dir. Clement Virgo).  Notable amongst Clarke’s many acclaimed collections of poetry and verse is His Execution Poems, which won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. In October 2010 Clarke received his seventh honorary doctorate: Doctor of Laws,University of Windsor.

In a nod to the launch of the Centennial edition of McLuhan’s seminal work The Gutenberg Galaxy, McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology’s Dominique
will synthesize the evening’s comments, offering highlights
from her new Forward to the centennial edition.

PowerPoint Karaoke Presenting Partners:

McLuhan100 is a collaboration of Toronto’s McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto), City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture Division and Mozilla Foundation to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Marshall McLuhan with a year of cultural events and activities to honour the man, celebrate his ideas, and stand witness to the fact that, even fifty years later, Marshall McLuhan’s ideas remain as radical, as mind-blowing, and as transformative as ever. Details of this and other McLuhan100 events for 2011 can be found at http://www.mcluhan100.ca/.

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works. For more information visit www.tinars.ca

The Treehouse Group is a collective of Toronto-area thinkers who
promote the exchange of ideas by bringing together people from diverse
backgrounds. We facilitate and host social events, conferences, the Toronto
Mini Maker Faire, and run a lecture series, Treehouse Talks, which takes place
on the second Friday of every month at the Toronto Reference Library. The group
shares the view that multi-disciplinary collaboration is central to addressing
the issues that face society – both locally and globally.

University of Toronto Press (UTP) , founded in 1901, is Canada’s leading scholarly publisher and one of the largest university presses in North America. UTP
publishes approximately 200 new scholarly, course, reference, and general-interest
books each year and maintains a backlist of over 3,500 titles.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: University of Toronto Press, Chris Reed, creed@utorontopress, (416) 978-2239 ext 248

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS), Anna Withrow, awithrow@rogers.com, (416) 516-2174

The original book cover as published by University of Toronto Press (1964)

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