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All Saints & Fast Zombies: A Night with Mark Kingwell

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Mark Kingwell

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 6:00pm


Type Books
883 Queen West
Toronto, ON
M6J 1G3


On All Saints' Day 2012—a mere five days before the US Presidential Election, and a short 24 hours after Hallowe'en—Biblioasis and Type Books will let the fast zombies of democracy loose on the streets of Toronto. 

Join University of Toronto professor and best-selling author Mark Kingwell as he takes aim at the questions plaguing democracy at large: How have formerly complex notions of personhood been devoured by facebook-style 'likes' and tweet-driven rapid-fire news cycles? How have status contests, positional market reductions, and legacy college admissions eaten up our feeling for the common good? And how has the shift from public debate to race-to-the-bottom-style shouting match lobotomized our ability to imagine a better democracy? 

Since the publication of A Civil Tongue (1995), Kingwell has been urging us to consider how monstrous, self-serving public behaviour can make it harder to envision and achieve the society we want.

Now, with Unruly Voices: Essays on Democracy, Civility and the Human Imagination, Kingwell returns to the subjects of the public and political action, in an attempt to revitalize an intellectual culture too-often deadened by its assumptions of personal advantage and economic value. These 17 new essays, where zombies share pages with cultural theorists, poets, and presidents, together argue for a return to the imagination—and from their own unruly voices rises a sympathetic democracy to counter the strangeness of the postmodern political landscape. 


Type Books
883 Queen West
Toronto, ON M6J 1G3 43° 38' 44.1132" N, 79° 24' 41.4108" W

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