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arts and pop culture | Jun 7th, 2016

Future Shock: Chuck Klosterman’s But What If We’re Wrong? Out Now

Speaker and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman’s latest book, But What If We’re Wrong?, is now available. But What If We’re Wrong? is Klosterman’s ninth full-length effort, and has been hailed as “a series of intriguing thought experiments” by Publishers Weekly and a “clever, speculative book [that]... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Apr 4th, 2016

Three, Two, One, Liftoff!: Choir! Choir! Choir! Perform “Space Oddity” in NYC

Last week, Toronto’s motivational and inspirational Choir! Choir! Choir! played two massive shows in New York City at the venerable Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, both as part of the star-studded David Bowie tribute “Music Of”: two hours of Bowie songs covered by legendary performers like... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Mar 23rd, 2016

First Look: Alison Stewart’s New Book, JUNK

Journalist Alison Stewart is perhaps best known for her insightful dissection of modern education, First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School. But in JUNK, she tackles an entirely different topic: America’s unhealthy obsession with ‘stuff’—the forgotten knickknacks,... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Feb 25th, 2016

Rough Draft with Reza Aslan Premiers This Sunday Night on Ovation

Exciting news! Bestselling author Reza Aslan is the host of a new talk show premiering this Sunday on the Ovation Network. Rough Draft with Reza Aslan promises to be a rollicking, lively, often hilarious conversation about writing and the writer’s life with some of the best authors, poets,... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Aug 23rd, 2015

First Look: Molly Crabapple’s New Book, Drawing Blood

VICE editor and world-famous visual artist Molly Crabapple’s new book hits stores on December 1, 2015 from HarperCollins. Described as “an unforgettable memoir of the years between 9/11 and the Occupy movement—in New York City and around the world—by the renowned underground artist and journalist,”... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Apr 27th, 2015

The Power of Curiosity: Charles Fishman's Instant New York Times Bestseller

A Curious Mind, the new book by Lavin speaker Charles Fishman—co-authored with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer—has reached a triumphant second week on the New York Times bestseller list.   In the book, Fishman looks at the power of curiosity with the help of Grazer, who has built a fascinating life... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Apr 14th, 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... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Nov 6th, 2014

Interstellar Co-Producer Lynda Obst on Innovation and Hollywood's New Normal

Christopher Nolan's much buzzed-about new sci-fi film Interstellar—produced by Nolan, Emma Thomas, and Lavin speaker Lynda Obst—opens today. The New York Times recently praised the film's epic approach to filmmaking, writing: "Interstellar becomes an allegory of its own aspirations, an argument for... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Sep 1st, 2014

"Beauty is a Reason to Fight": Journalist-Artist Molly Crabapple on Summer 2014

In a moving new essay for Vice, artist and writer Molly Crabapple reflects on what she calls "a summer of monsters"—a series of difficult and disturbing events that have brought much sadness, and that compel us to seek the beauty in our world. She writes about Mike Brown and the protests in... Continue Reading →
arts and pop culture | Oct 3rd, 2013

Keynote Review: Lavin Attends—And Loves!—A Lecture By Director Mira Nair

Last month, award-winning filmmaker Mira Nair gave a keynote speech at the University of Toronto Mississauga—and some of our staff were there to take it all in! Nair was chosen to deliver the school's prestigious annual Snider Lecture. Here's what Octavia Ridout, one of our events coordinators at... Continue Reading →
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