Authors | April 17, 2015
First Look: Salman Rushdie's New Book, Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-Eight Nights
— Sir Salman Rushdie's new book is Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: a novel that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. The cover image for the book was released today, in advance of its September 2015 publication. ...
Work | April 15, 2015
Can We Improve Our Decision-Making Skills? Introducing New Speaker Francesca Gino
— New Lavin speaker Francesca Gino is an expert in something most of us could use a little help with: decision-making. She is the author of Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan, a book that examines why our decisions get derailed and what we can do to stick to the plan—at work, in our personal lives, and as organizations....
Arts and Pop Culture | April 15, 2015
First Look: M Train, the New Book by Patti Smith
— Legendary musician and Lavin speaker Patti Smith has a new book coming out this fall. The National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids, Smith's forthcoming memoir is M Train: an unforgettable odyssey into her mind, told through the prism of cafés and haunts she has visited and worked in around the world. It will be released on October 6, 2015....
Science | April 10, 2015
The OCEAN of Personalities: Brian Little Talks Character Traits on The Agenda
— In his new book Me Myself and Us, personality and motivational psychology expert Brian Little asks: How does your personality shape your life...and what, if anything, can you do about it? Little appeared on The Agenda with Steve Paikin this week to talk about his book and what our character traits say about us. He and Paikin went through the OCEAN of personalities—Open; Conscientious; Extroverted; Agreeable; and...
TED Speakers | April 02, 2015
TED2015 Recap: David Lavin Shares His Thoughts on This Year's TED Conference
— The Lavin Agency President and CEO David Lavin is just back from TED2015, his 10th TED conference. Back at home in our Toronto office, he shared his thoughts on the event—check out the video above....
Science | April 01, 2015
First Look: Modern Romance, a New Book by Eric Klinenberg and Aziz Ansari
— Sociologist and speaker Eric Klinenberg is releasing a new book this June. Modern Romance: An Investigation is a collaboration with comedian Aziz Ansari that explores the pleasures and perils of modern love: from texting to Tinder to the delicate use of the pizza emoji (check out the video above for a short clip of Ansari's stand-up about the art of texting). Ansari and Klinenberg have done a massive amount of research and...
Investigate journalist Charles Fishman talks about his new book on curiosity, A Curious Mind, and highlights how we're not focusing enough on the value of being curious.