Literary Journalism: Conversation with the Editors

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Susan Orlean, photo by Victor G. Jeffreys II

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Join Rogers Communication Chair, Susan Orlean and Literary Journalism faculty editors for a conversation about long form narrative in the cozy Canmore cafe, Communitea.

Featured Guests

Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean is the bestselling author of eight books, including The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup; My Kind of Place; Saturday Night; and  Lazy Little Loafers. In 1999, she published The Orchid Thief, a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film, "Adaptation," written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze.  Her 2011 book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable book.  It won the Ohioana Book Award and the Theatre Library Association’s Richard Wall Memorial Award.  
Orlean has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1992. Her subjects have included umbrella inventors, origami artists, skater Tonya Harding, and gospel choirs.  She has also written extensively about animals, including show dogs, racing pigeons, oxen, donkeys, and backyard chickens. Her work has also been published in Esquire, Rolling Stone, Outside, Smithsonian, and the New York Times.
Orlean graduated with honors from the University of Michigan and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003. In 2012 she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Michigan.    In 2014, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts/Nonfiction. 
Orlean lives in Los Angeles and in upstate New York with her husband and son. She is currently writing a book about the Los Angeles Public Library. 
Tim Falconer
Tim is the author of four non-fiction books and a veteran magazine writer. His most recent book, Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music, made The Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 of 2016 list and is a finalist for the Lane Anderson Award for science writing. His previous books are about activism (Watchdogs and Gadflies); our love-hate relationship with the car (Drive); and end-of-life ethics (That Good Night). A faculty editor in the Literary Journalism program since 2016, he’s also a mentor in the MFA in Creative Non-Fiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax and taught magazine journalism at Toronto’s Ryerson University for two decades. Tim is a former writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City and returns to the Yukon as often as he can, but lives in Toronto.
Carol Shaben
Carol is an award-winning non-fiction author and journalist. Her first book, Into the Abyss, was a national bestseller and was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, and an Book of the Month. Carol’s most recent book, The Marriott Cell, co-written with award-winning Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, was named one of the Globe & Mail’s 100 Best Books of 2016, and won the Ontario Historical Society Huguenot Award. Nominated as Canada's Best New Magazine Writer, Carol is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards, a Gold for Investigative Reporting and Silver for Politics and Public Interest. Of Lebanese Muslim heritage, she is a former CBC/writer broadcaster, and at twenty-two worked as a journalist in Jerusalem. Carol lives in Vancouver.