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An Evening with Fran Lebowitz
Moderated by Eleanor Wachtel
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators.
Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media, and The New York Times Book Review calls her an “important humorist in the classic tradition.” Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Lebowitz’s prose is wickedly entertaining. Her two books are collected in The Fran Lebowitz Reader, with a new preface by the author. A limited documentary series, Pretend It’s a City, also directed by Martin Scorsese, premiered on Netflix in 2021.
Eleanor Wachtel has earned a reputation as one of the world’s best literary interviewers during her more than 30 years as host of Writers & Company on CBC Radio. Five books of her interviews have been published, including Random Illuminations, a collection of reflections, correspondence and conversations with Carol Shields which won the Independent Publisher Book Award; Original Minds; and most recently, The Best of Writers & Company. She also co-founded and hosted Wachtel on the Arts, featuring conversations with filmmakers, composers, architects, artists, etc. And she’s the host of TIFF’s popular Books on Film series, now in its second decade. Wachtel has earned numerous accolades for her contributions to Canadian cultural life: nine honorary degrees and Officer of the Order of Canada.
An evening with Fran Lebowitz
Covering the Apocalypse: What it is like being an Indigenous journalist in Canada
The Ukraine Crisis and Europe’s Future: A New Cold War?
Decolonising Social Theory
Education through dialogue: the human cost of colonialism
Thinking with the Land
Pluralism: Strengthening respect for diversity
Beyond the Police state: a conversation with Desmond Cole and Robyn Maynard
Represent, Represent: The stories we tell change the world around us
Prisons and the F-word: Has the time come for a fundamental rethink?
“Our Existences Are Political”: Identity and History as Pathways for Transformation
The Future of Food and Farming in a Pandemic World
The Middle Eastern Monologues
Laser Focus: Insight from a Nobel Laureate
Blind Spots: Rethinking Your Reality
Swipe, Right?: The Future of Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age
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A movement that empowers: “Me too” and the role of empathy in healing and change
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Food, plants and psychedelics: Revolutionary approaches to human health and well-being
The Alchemy of Truth: The power of story to change the world
The Universe in a Nutshell: Why physics is the key to pretty much everything
The Wisdom of Reconciliation: A roadmap for multiculturalism
The Third Industrial Revolution: Can we prevent the next mass extinction of life on Earth?