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UBC Connects is working with an amazing lineup of speakers for the upcoming 2021/2022 season, and we look forward to you joining us either virtually or in person.

Now, more than ever, we need public events to connect us and ignite important conversations about our world today.

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Fran Lebowitz

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz

Moderated by Eleanor Wachtel

This event will take place on Friday, February 18, 2022
6:30pm–8:00pm

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Social Commentary

Fran Lebowitz

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

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.

UBC Connects and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts adhere to Provincial Health Orders and Public Health Guidance for all in-person events. Please check back regularly for specific information and details about attending this event safely and in accordance with the current phase of B.C.’s Restart Plan.

We look forward to seeing you.



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