McLuhan at the International Festival of Authors, Toronto, Oct. 19-30, 2011



International Festival of Authors at the Ex

The following are the Marshall McLuhan Centenary-related events only:-


Friday, October 21, 8:00pm, 2011 – Fleck Dance Theatre   –   Purchase Ticket

Author Clay Shirky reads from his latest book, Cognitive Surplus, and will be interviewed by Jesse Hirsh as part of the Marshall McLuhan 100. 

This event is part of McLuhan 100, in honour of the 100th birthday of media theorist Marshall McLuhan. An educator, philosopher, scholar, literary critic, and communication theorist, McLuhan changed the way we think about technology and the way we communicate.

Jesse Hirsh is a Toronto based broadcaster, researcher and strategist, operating the firm He has a nationally syndicated radio column on CBC Radio examining the impact of technology upon our lives. Educated at the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto, Hirsh likes to play with words.
Clay Shirky teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, where he researches the interrelated effects of our social and technological networks. He has consulted with a variety of Fortune 500 companies working on network design, including Nokia, Lego and Microsoft, as well as the Library of Congress, US Navy, and Libyan government. His writings have appeared in numerous publications and he is a regular keynote speaker at tech conferences. Shirky presents Cognitive Surplus, about how new technology is unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world.
2. McLUHAN 100 Coupland McLuhan YouTube TALK: Douglas Coupland
Wednesday, October 26, 8:00pm, 2011 – Studio Theatre   –   Purchase Ticket
Douglas Coupland discusses his latest book, Marshall McLuhan – part of Penguin Group’s Extraordinary Canadians Series in conjunction with the Marshall McLuhan 100. Nora Young hosts.

Douglas Coupland’s first novel, Generation X, was published in March 1991. Since then he has published several novels and non-fiction books and presented as a visual artist, with exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia. He premiered his first feature film,Everything’s Gone Green, in 2006 and a TV series based on his novel jPod premiered on the CBC in 2008. Written with his trademark humour and brilliance, Coupland presents Marshall McLuhan – part of Penguin Group’s Extraordinary Canadians Series – which aptly conveys McLuhan’s legacy on the current state of new media.

Nora Young is the host and creator of CBC Radio’s Spark, a show and podcast about technology and culture. She was also the founding host of CBC’sDefinitely Not the Opera. As a journalist and speaker, Young is interested in how new technology shapes the way we understand each other, and to the world around us. Her first book, on the trend and culture of self-tracking, will be published in 2012.

3. READING/INTERVIEW: Brooke Gladstone

Saturday, October 22, 4:00pm, 2011 – Studio Theatre   –   Purchase Ticket

Brooke Gladstone reads from her latest book The Influencing Machine and is interviewed by the CBC’s Nora Young. 

This event is part of CBC Day, where Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, lends members of its radio and television team to host, moderate or interview at Festival events.

Brooke Gladstone is the cohost and managing editor of the National Public Radio newsmagazine, On the Media. She has also served as NPR’s media correspondent, Russia reporter, and senior editor of both Weekend Edition and All Things Considered. She has won numerous awards including two Peabody Awards, a few Murrow Awards, the National Press Club’s press criticism award, and was the recipient of a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. With illustrations by acclaimed artist Josh Neufeld, Gladstone presents The Influencing Machine, a graphic novel on the complexities of the modern media.

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