In Case you Missed It: “The Future of the Book” and “After the Crisis” at Spur

Spur festival 2013 lit a spark from Toronto to Winnipeg and Vancouver. We talked books, politics and food—and we’ve only just gotten started.

Those who missed our opening event in Toronto, “The Future of the Book,” can still watch the video recorded by the Toronto Public Library to learn why Paul Holdengräber worries about the future of paper and ink while Hugh McGuire has embraced the digital literary life.

“A book is what happens between the covers,” Holdengräber said cheekily. Decide for yourself if it’s covers or a screen that mark the future of the written word.

Then at “After the Crisis: Cooperatives and the Civil Economy,” a sold out Vancouver event presented by Vancity and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement in partnership with Spur, leading economist Professor Stefano Zamagni discussed how co-operatives can create jobs, improve our communities and strengthen recovery in perilous economic times.

Also check out the photos from author Ayelet Tsabari’s fascinating breakfast reading during Spur’s Toronto edition.

Then for the year to come, the folks here at Spur festival, Diaspora Dialogues and the Literary Review of Canada are already working busily to bring you more cutting-edge conversation: don’t miss our upcoming talk with Nina Munk about her book The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, for instance, presented as part of the Literary Review of Canada‘s Literate Lunches series!


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