MARK KINGWELL is a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. He is the author of ten books of political and cultural theory, including the national bestsellers Better Living (1998) and The World We Want (2000), and, most recently, Nearest Thing to Heaven: The Empire State Building and American Dreams (2006). His articles on art, architecture and design have appeared in, among others, Harper’s, the Harvard Design Magazine, the New York Times, Canadian Art, Azure, FORM, Perspectives, Bite, Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, and Queen’s Quarterly. Kingwell has lectured extensively in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia on philosophical subjects. He is the recipient of the Spitz Prize in political theory, National Magazine Awards for both essays and columns, and in 2000 was awarded an honorary DFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design for contributions to theory and criticism. His new book, Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City, was published last spring; a collection of his essays on art and philosophy, Opening Gambits, appeared in the fall. Kingwell lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Festivals: 2000, 2008 (fall), 2009 (fall)

Festival Event:
Extraordinary Canadians
April 27 @ 8:00 PM
Mayfair Theatre

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