Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
1:30pm

Outsider

with Brett Popplewell
Hosted by Carleton’s Sarah Everts

Outsider

with Brett Popplewell
Hosted by Carleton’s Sarah Everts
7
Sunday
May
2023
1:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Brett Popplewell - Photo by Jenn Lawrence

Carleton University’s Sarah Everts sits down with bestseller Brett Popplewell for a conversation about his new book, Outsider: An Old Man, a Mountain and the Search for a Hidden Past , the fascinating true story of a marathon-running hermit and a quest to solve the mystery at the core of the enigmatic man’s existence.

 

When journalist Brett Popplewell first heard about Dag Aabye, an aging former stuntman who lived alone inside a school bus on a mountain, running day and night through blizzards and heat waves, he was intrigued and bewildered. Captivated by the seemingly implausible tale of a wild super-athlete aging more slowly than the rest of us, he was determined to meet the apocryphal white-haired man who was pushing the boundaries of the human mind and body beyond what anyone could dream was possible.

 

Outsider takes readers on a remarkable journey from Nazi-occupied Norway to Argentina and British Columbia. The book chronicles how a child born under mysterious circumstances during World War II finds his way onto the big screen in Goldfinger, is heralded as the world’s first extreme skier, and is later driven into the wilderness.Both joyful and tragic, Outsider presents a bold challenge to our notions of aging, belonging and human accomplishment.

 

PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are strongly encouraged for those attending in person this Spring. Livestream tickets are available upon request for those who prefer to attend remotely.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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