Program Category: Main Program Day 2


Main Program: Poetic Calling

27 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Of the 913 works submitted to this year’s Emerging Writers Program, poetry was the most popular type comprising 40% of submissions. But writing poetry seems a somewhat lonely and quiet …

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Main Program: Michael Vatikiotis: Blood and Silk

27 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Having studied, worked and traveled in Southeast Asia as a journalist and peace mediator for more than three decades, Michael Vatikiotis peers beyond brand new shopping malls and shiny glass …

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Main Program: Madeleine Thien: Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Spanning decades and diasporas, Madeleine Thien’s stories “remind us what fiction can do” (New Statesman). She takes the UWRF stage to discuss the Booker-shortlisted Do Not Say We Have Nothing, …

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Main Program: Origin Stories

27 Oct 2017 10:15 /

Each nation, society, and cultural and ethnic group has its own unique genesis stories – narratives describing their respective origins and meanings for existence. In this exploration of the Festival’s …

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Main Program: A Critical Eye

27 Oct 2017 10:15 /

The best criticism can be a compass to guide us through rugged cultural terrain, deepening our understanding of books, films, art and more. What does it take to become an …

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Main Program: A Question of Faith

For these writers, an intellectual engagement with religion has been an ongoing preoccupation. What can an objective discussion of religion teach us in a time when fundamentalism is dividing societies? …

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Main Program: Once Upon a Time

27 Oct 2017 11:45 /

It had to start somewhere: was it a particular story? A house full of books? An unforgettable teacher? Or was it a favorite band, a pile of magazines, the freedom …

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Main Program: Héctor Abad: First Person

27 Oct 2017 11:45 /

His brilliant depictions of contemporary Colombian society have won readers around the world. In Oblivion, the memoir of his father’s life and murder by Colombian paramilitaries, personal events are the …

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Main Program: Dazzling Debuts

27 Oct 2017 11:45 /

You get one chance to make a first impression, and these authors did so with a splash! They’ll take us on the journey from unpublished hopeful to bestseller lists, film …

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Main Program: Where We Get Our News

27 Oct 2017 13:00 /

Stephen Fry recently called for Facebook, Twitter and other ‘aggregators’ to be classified as publishers, arguing they shirk responsibility for the content they prioritize. Many users lack the knowledge (or …

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Main Program: Past, Present, Future

“It’s all a cycle and it should resonate now,” reflects Madeleine Thien on the connections between history and the present. She’s joined by Bernice Chauly and Sergio Chejfec to explore …

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Main Program: In Other Words

27 Oct 2017 13:00 /

In the words of Federico Fellini, “A different language is a different vision of life.” For these writers and translators, language is a way of life. They’ll dissect the art …

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Main Program: Ian Rankin: A Life of Crime

He’s the wit and wickedness behind the beloved Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox, read in 22 languages around the world. Celebrating 30 years of Rebus, Ian Rankin brings a …

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Main Program: Eastern Winds of Change

27 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Once on the outskirts of the Indonesian literary landscape, the eastern part of the archipelago now boasts some of the country’s most promising and exciting young writers. Listen to these …

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Main Program: Sutardji Calzoum Bachri: The Chanting Poet

27 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Iconic literary figure Sutardji once turned Indonesia’s time-worn poetry traditions upside down after proclaiming the liberation of words from their shackles of socially-enforced meanings. In an age of Twitwars and …

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Main Program: The Walking Cure

27 Oct 2017 15:45 /

“The walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking exercise […] but is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. Fall …

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Main Program: One Thousand and One Writes

27 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Hailing from Iran and creating a new chapter in diasporic literature, these writers have their roots in a literary tradition spanning two-and-a-half millennia. They’ll contemplate the influence of this heritage, …

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Main Program: Questions of Travel

27 Oct 2017 15:45 /

“To travel is to live,” mused Hans Christian Anderson. But in places defined by tourism, how deeply do we consider the impact our presence has on the places we pass …

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