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

27 Oct 2017 09:00 /

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

27 Oct 2017 10:15 /

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

27 Oct 2017 13:00 /

“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

27 Oct 2017 14:30 /

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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