How Close Can You Get?

Andrew O'Hagan, Diego Enrique Osorno

How Close Can You Get?

Moderator: Alison Broddle

Event Number: 48
Tickets: $20.00

How Close Can You Get?

Andrew O'Hagan, Diego Enrique Osorno

Thursday, October 19
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St.,
3rd Floor

Mexican journalist Diego Enrique Osorno was so determined to write a biography of the world’s second richest man—Carlos Slim—that he collected 400 rejections for interviews during the eight years of the project. “I learned you have to proceed calmly in the land of power,” says Osorno. Man Booker Prize nominee Andrew O’Hagan was commissioned to ghostwrite Julian Assange’s autobiography, then wrote about that failed endeavour as part of The Secret Life, detailing the porousness between genius and madness. Five years ago Assange seemed to be a hero to some, but his arrogance and paranoia made the ghostwriting impossible. Portraits of the powerful are fraught with trouble, and you’ll want to hear the stories that these two seasoned writers tell about their quests for honesty, not flattery.

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Event Participants:

Andrew O’Hagan


Andrew O’Hagan is a highly-regarded novelist and non-fiction author. His works often focuses on issues in contemporary Britain and its role as a global player. His novels have been translated into 15 languages. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Granta, The Guardian and The New Yorker. He is also an Editor at Esquire, London Review of Books and a critic for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age discusses three men who have used technology to reform and change the world around them.

Diego Enrique Osorno


Diego Enrique Osorno is a reporter and writer. He has witnessed some of the twenty-first century’s major conflicts in Mexico and Latin America and has been called one of the region’s most important journalists by the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Mexico’s National Journalism Prize, which he dedicated to the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. His books El cártel de Sinaloa and La guerra de los Zetas have sold widely and appeared on many year-end lists of best non-fiction. His next book, Un vaquero cruza la frontera, is forthcoming this fall.