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Malcolm Gladwell on "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know"

7:00-7:59am check-in, 8:00am sharp to 9:00am on-stage conversation; 9:00-9:15am book sale

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Speaker Series

Date: Tuesday October 01, 2019 | 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Speaker(s): Malcolm Gladwell, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Host, Revisionist History podcast; #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Conversation With: Heather Reisman, Founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

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Topic: "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know" (Little, Brown and Company, Sept. 10, 2019)
Venue: Convocation Hall | map
University of Toronto
31 King`s College Circle
Toronto, ON
Location: Toronto
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, David and Goliath, and What the Dog Saw, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers---and why they often go wrong.  How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true? Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland---throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

IN CONVERSATION WITH: Heather Reisman, Founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers. Previously, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business and science, and then served as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.

SERIES HOST: Rotman Events

SESSION CO-HOST: Indigo Books & Music Inc. 

QUESTIONS:, Megan Murphy (416) 978-6122, Daniel Ellul (416) 978-6119

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