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Malcolm Gladwell: Talking To Strangers

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

Andrew Proctor, executive director of Literary Arts, in conversation with Malcolm Gladwell about his latest, best-selling book,Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.

About the book: Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

This pre-ordered pass includes a hardcover copy of Talking to Strangers, and will guarantee entry to the Portland Book Festival event featuring Malcolm Gladwell. There is no reserved seating; all seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive your book on the festival day, November 9.

No public signings. Book sales by Powell’s Books at the Festival bookstore.

Pre-order your book and guarantee your spot at Malcolm Gladwell’s event!

Festival events at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall require a ticket for entry. A limited number of guaranteed entry tickets are available by pre-ordering a book with your Festival pass. Stand-by tickets will be available at the Festival box office on a first-come, first-served basis. Once again: all attendees must have a session-specific ticket for entry to the Gladwell and/or the Rice events.

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers--The Tipping Point, Blink,Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, which reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood, and Broken Record, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers. His latest book is Talking to Strangers.
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Andrew Proctor

Andrew Proctor has been the director of Literary Arts since 2009. Born and raised in Canada, Proctor, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Music at Concordia University in Montreal, and later worked in London for the Cultural Attaché to the Canadian High Commission. In the UK, he also earned an MA in English Literature at the University of East Anglia under the supervision of England’s then Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion. From 2000-2004 Proctor worked as an editor for HarperCollins in New York City and then as the Membership and Operations Director of the PEN American Center, a global literary and human rights organization focused on the welfare of writers and editors. In total, Proctor has worked in the literary world for over twenty years in the governmental, for profit and nonprofit sectors.
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