The Spur Questionnaire: Anna Porter

Anna Porter photographed by Tom Sandler
Anna Porter Tom Sandler

Anna Porter is the author of three novels and four non-fiction books, including her most recent work Buying a Better World: George Soros and Billionaire Philanthropy. She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been awarded the Order of Ontario. She will be taking part in our panel Can Money Buy Elections?, which takes place on April 11.

Tell us about your participation in the 2015 Spur Festival.
[The title poses] a good question, as we are heading into another election. Not enough Canadians know the rules about donating money to support your party.

What do you hope Spur Festival attendees will take away from your session?
That we should always question both the motives and the principles of people we vote for.

What are you most looking forward to about the Spur Festival?
The opportunity to meet others interested in ideas.

What is the one item you never leave home without?
My purse.

Which book is currently on your nightstand?
Plum Johnson’s They Left Us Everything.

In the last year, what is the longest you have gone ‘unplugged’? No internet, no cell phone, etc.
Five days.

Who was the last person you texted?
You.

How do you prefer to communicate with colleagues: by phone, email, text or in person? How do you prefer to communicate with friends?
Colleagues by email, friends by phone or in person.


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