Thursday, May 8, 2008

Debating Hal

"HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors!"

Oops! Wrong Hal. Today I was debating Canadian writer and cultural critic Hal Niedzviecki. We were the entertainment at a $110-a-plate luncheon at the University Club in Toronto, sponsored by Canada's The Walrus magazine, a wonderful glossy newsstand magazine that's a bit like a Canadian Atlantic Monthly.

The debate, about whether we should embrace the surveillance society, was moderated by Carol Off, co-host of CBC Radio One's As It Happens, and the following Q&A was moderated by Ken Alexander, the editor of The Walrus.

H.B. Fenn and Company, my Canadian distributor, generously donated a dozen Robert J. Sawyer novels as a door prize.

This was a high-powered audience. Among those in attendance: Pamela Wallin, Valerie Pringle, Peter Kent, and Brian Stewart. Appropriate sparks flew between Hal and me, and everyone seemed to have a good time.

(Me, I like any event for which they pick me up in a limo ...)

Pictured left to right: Robert J. Sawyer, Carol Off, Ken Alexander, Hal Niedzviecki

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At May 09, 2008 7:18 PM , Blogger Dale Smith said...

The Walrus truly is the best magazine in Canada, and the fact that it tops out the nominations in the magazine awards certainly backs that up. Nice to see that they got you for one of their panels!


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