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Klein at Van Writers Fest

August 31st, 2023

New York Times bestselling author, activist and UBC professor, Naomi Klein will be at the upcoming Vancouver Writers Festival promoting her new book Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World (Knopf Canada $38) on October 21, 7:30 pm at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Klein’s new treatise blends tragi-comic memoir with political and cultural insights as she delves into what she calls the “mirror world”—our destabilized present that is rife with doubles and confusion; where far right movements playact solidarity with the working class; AI-generated content blurs the line between genuine and spurious; and so many people are projecting their own carefully curated digital doubles into the social media sphere. Klein unravels it all.

“This book is a departure for me,” Klein says. “It’s more personal, more experimental, and while it’s not about my doppelganger in any traditional sense, it does explore what it feels like to watch one’s identity slip away in the digital ether, an experience many more of us will have in the age of AI. Mostly, it’s an attempt to grapple with the wildness of right now—with conspiracy cultures surging and strange left-right alliances emerging and nobody seeming to be quite what they seem. Doppelganger is my attempt at a usable map of our moment in history—but to make it, I had to get lost a few times.”

This event will be moderated by Jarrett Martineau.

For a program guide, please visit this link: here.

Tickets go on sale Monday, September 18.

Photo by Rob Trendiak.

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