On Saturday, May 4th, Carol Off and Gillian Findlay were joined by several respected thinkers and visionaries for a day of discussion about the importance of our country's democratic voice. Proceeds from this event went to the Toronto Public Library Foundation and Frontier College.
If you didn't make it out, don't worry. CBC Books has posted highlights of the conversations below.
Micah White and Carol Off
Micah White is the editor-at-large of Adbusters magazine. He, alongside Adbusters' founder Kalle Lasn are credited with imagining the Occupy Wall Street movement into reality.
Chris Hedges and Gillian Findlay
Chris Hedges is a journalist and bestselling author who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of global terrorism for the New York Times. He is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City. His latest book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, with Joe Sacco, came out in 2012.
Margaret Atwood and Carol Off
Margaret Atwood is one of Canada's most renowned writers. At Get Up! Stand Up! she chose to use her voice to speak about "muzzling" of Canadian scientists and the closure of some research facilities.
Shawn Atleo and Gillian Findlay
Shawn Atleo is the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Canada, where he works to advance a vision of supporting and enabling the success of every First Nation on the basis of their rights and responsibilities.
Wade Davis and Gillian Findlay
Wade Davis is an anthropologist and author currently serving as National Geographic's Explorer-in-Residence. A passionate advocate for the preservation of the environment and indigenous cultures, his most recent book is The Sacred Headwaters: the Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena and the Nass.
John Ralston Saul and Carol Off
An award-winning essayist and novelist, John Ralston Saul was elected the president of of International PEN in 2009. He is a long-time champion of the freedom of expression and his work often focuses on the role of the citizen and the public good.