In his new book of non-fiction, Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World, Governor General’s Award-winner, Michael Harris, BA’02, explores the profound emotional and intellectual benefits of being alone. He examines why our experience of solitude has become so impoverished and guides readers away from a life of ceaseless pings toward a balanced media diet. Please join Harris and moderator, Maureen Medved, MFA’94, for a brief reading, conversation, Q&A, and reception.
Presented in partnership between alumni UBC and the UBC Faculty of Arts.
This event took place May 11, 2017, at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre on UBC’s Vancouver campus.
Michael Harris, BA’02
Michael Harris is the author of The End of Absence, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award and became a national bestseller. He writes about media, civil liberties and the arts for dozens of publications, including The Washington Post, Wired, Salon, The Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail. His work has been a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Chautauqua Prize, the CBC Bookie Awards and several National Magazine Awards. He lives in Vancouver with his partner, the artist Kenny Park.
Maureen Medved, MFA’94 – Published Author; Associate Professor, Creative Writing Program, UBC
Maureen Medved’s novel The Tracey Fragments was published by House of Anansi Press. Over the years, Maureen’s writing as well as adaptations of her work have been published in literary journals, magazines and produced for stage and screen. Maureen’s screen adaptation of T, opened the Panorama program of the 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival and won the Manfred Salzgeber Prize, selected by jury for a film “that broadens the boundaries of cinema today.” The film has gone on to feature at a number of international film festivals, screened at MOMA and has also garnered other nominations and awards, including a Genie Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay. In 2009, she received the Artistic Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television (Vancouver). She is a film reviewer and an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. Maureen has a second novel scheduled for publication in 2018. A book of essays on film and television is also forthcoming. She is working on her third novel.