Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest
Durga Chew-Bose, Adam Gopnik, Andrew O'Hagan
Moderator: Charles Foran
In his An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope wrote that “the proper study of mankind is man.” Three hundred years later we’re still studying ourselves by way of the essay, an art that, at its best, starts with the personal and makes us see the world in new ways. Adam Gopnik, three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for his essays, says they are “the chief vehicles of ideas and emotions from one person to another.” Durga Chew-Bose, searching for a clearer understanding of who we are and where we live, mines her own life as a first-generation Canadian for clues in her essay collection. Andrew O’Hagan’s essays focus on the political sphere, examining three personalities of the digital age, one of whom is his own online creation.
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