Showing events for: Lit On Tour 2019
Monday, September 30, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Interview, Special Event: Year-Round

John Bassett Theatre

Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building)
255 Front St. W
Toronto M5V 2W6
Cost: $30–150

This event is SOLD OUT. 

Settle in for an intellectual adventure and challenging excursion through history and psychology with #1 bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. For one night only, the #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outlier, David and Goliath and What the Dog Saw, will offer Toronto readers a deep dive into his newest book, Talking to Strangersand a personal look into why interactions with new acquaintances often go wrong.

Gladwell will be interviewed by CBC Metro Morning host, Matt Galloway.

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.


General: $35 | $55 with signed book

Premium Seating*: $130 | $150 with signed book

Festival Friend: $32 | $50 with signed book

Festival Friend Premium*: $110 | $125 with signed book

Students and Youth 25 and under±: $30 | The limited FREE student tickets are now gone!

*Premium seating provides up-close views in the front few rows of the orchestra and balcony levels. Premium seating is limited.
±Valid identification must be shown upon ticket pick-up.

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  • Headshot of Malcolm Gladwell, leaning forward resting head on hand

    Malcolm Gladwell

    Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five international bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History, co-host of the music podcast Broken Record and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers. Previously he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business and science and then served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.