7:30pm on Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Admission is free*
Alice MacKay room, Central Library
The Writer and Interviewer
Richard Stursberg was born in London, England and grew up in New York in the same neighbourhood as Fifty Cent, the distinguished rapper and social critic. He went to university in Canada, France and the United Kingdom. For most of his adult life, he has been involved with media. He has been Assistant Deputy Minister, Culture and Broadcasting at the federal department of Communications, President of the Canadian Cable Television association, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada (the national film financing agency) and Executive Vice President of English services at the CBC. He has been variously described as "brilliant", "bad", "overbearing", "charming", "machiavellian" and "unpleasant". Those who know him best agree with these assessments. In his spare time, he teaches his dog odd tricks, reads Flaubert and collects Canadian paintings. He currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Film Centre. He lives in Toronto. (Douglas & Mcintyre)
Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. Before joining The Globe, she worked for CBC Radio, mostly in Toronto, where she was National Arts Reporter, morning news editor, and the founding senior producer on the show Q. Going way back, Marsha worked for many years in private radio as a reporter, news anchor and talk show host. In the interest of full disclosure, she is married to someone who currently works at the CBC. (Oh and in her spare time, she tries to raise her 3-year-old son, who, exposed to CBC Radio 1 24/7, began to spontaneously rhyme off CBC personalities' names such as "Carol Off" and "Jian Ghomeshi" by the time he was two.)
Please note that registration is so that we know how many people to expect. Admission on the night is always on a first-come-first-served basis.