Tuesday, April 02, 2013

(Re)Read Fahrenheit 451: Upcoming Talks at the Keep Toronto Reading Festival

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The Keep Toronto Reading Festival starts this week, and this year's One Book city-wide book club selection (the book everyone in Toronto is supposed to be reading) is the dystopian sci-fi classic, Fahrenheit 451 by the great Ray Bradbury. There's a broad assortment of really cool events, discussions and exhibits (including an alternate reality game!!!) organized around the book that you can attend as part of the (free) festival. And it just so happens that  a number of my colleagues here at the University of Toronto iSchool and I will be participating in some of them. 

First up, this week, Professor Alan Galey, our expert on book history (and future!) and print culture will be giving two talks:

And next week, I'll be participating in this panel being held at the Toronto Reference Library:

Keep Toronto Reading: Amusing Ourselves To Death

Mon Apr 08, 20137:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.60 mins
Toronto Reference Library Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Are we as a society dumbing down as Bradbury warned about in "Fahrenheit 451"? CBC's Nora Young (Spark) moderates a panel discussion on the effects of 24/7 media saturation.
* Philosopher Mark Kingwell
* Pop Culture Journalist Johanna Schneller
* Dr. Sara Grimes, University of Toronto
Doors open at 6 p.m. Join us for a cash bar reception at 6 p.m.
As most Appel Salon events are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a full program, your free reservation may not guarantee admission.
Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes prior to the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.
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