Part of the Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival 2008.
What Is America? is a timely question to explore
in these, the final days before the United States’
presidential election. Novelist, historian and
essayist Ronald Wright is not afraid to tackle
the big questions, and his new book takes as
its title that very question. With insight into
history and human behaviour, Wright dissects
the world’s lone superpower, how it rose from
a marginal frontier society to the de facto ruler
of the world in a mere two centuries, how it
regards itself as the most modern country on
earth and is, in some ways, so deeply archaic,
and how, for better and worse, America has
Americanized the world. Join Wright on the final
night of the Festival as he looks at the world’s
most powerful nation and reframes the debate
about our neighbour and ourselves.
This event is sponsored by
Scotia Private Client Group.
The speaker honorarium is generously
provided by Duthie Books Fourth Avenue.
$25 + $2 facility surcharge (vegetrendian)