Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
National Arts Centre, Panorama Room53 Elgin Street

Books and Brunch

Hosted by David Dollin

Books and Brunch

Hosted by David Dollin
National Arts Centre, Panorama Room
53 Elgin Street
Clarence Johnson
Dan Gardner - Photo by Marilyn Mikkelsen
Marina Nemat - Photo by Lorella Zanetti
Philip Slayton
Terry Fallis - Photo by Tim Fallis

Start your weekend with good food, good company and short talks by four great authors: 


Canada Reads winner Terry Fallis shares the inside scoop on his novel The High Road , a brilliant follow-up to the Stephen Leacock Award-winner The Best Laid Plans . This deeply funny satire continues the story of Honest Angus McLintock, an amateur politician who dares to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.


Marina Nemat's bestselling Prisoner of Tehran chronicled her arrest, torture, and two-year imprisonment in the notorious Evin prison as a teenager in 1980s revolutionary Iran. Her second book, After Tehran , provides a riveting account of her escape from Iran and her journey to Canada. A story of courage and recovery, After Tehran chronicles how she emerged from the emotional ravages of posttraumatic stress.


Future Babble the fast-paced, example-packed, sometimes darkly hilarious book by journalist Dan Gardner draws on current research in cognitive psychology, political science, and behavioral economics to discover something quite reassuring: The future is always uncertain, but the end is not always near.


In Mighty Judgment , Philip Slayton , the bestselling author of Lawyers Gone Bad , describes the important issues the Supreme Court decides for individual Canadians and for Canada as a nation, and the surprising and dramatic ways in which these decisions shape our future. He also discusses the reforms that will be needed, particularly in the way judges are chosen, once we recognize that the court decides policy and plays a pivotal role in governing Canada.


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