McGill University Presents

The Walrus Talks Building Bridges at Blue Metropolis

Montreal Saturday, April 27, 2013, 2 p.m. ET


  • I, Bridge by Cameron Charlebois, Canada Lands Company
  • Crossing Borders by Rachel Giese, The Walrus
  • Truth and Fiction by Jonathan Goldstein, CBC Radio
  • When Bananas Write by Vincent Lam, Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author
  • Audience and Spectacle by Pasha Malla, Trillium Book Award–winning author
  • Across Public, Private, and Plural by Henry Mintzberg, McGill University
  • Family by Saleema Nawaz, Journey Prize–winning author
  • Secrets by Alison Pick, award-winning poet and author
  • French and English by Will Straw, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada

Reception hosted by Canada Lands Company.

Cameron Charlebois is vice-president, real estate, Québec, for Canada Lands Company. In this role, he combines vast previous experience in such fields as architecture, real estate development, municipal management, and business administration. Charlebois has served on many boards and is currently the president of the board of Cuso International, a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality around the world.

Rachel Giese is a senior editor at The Walrus. Prior to that, she was a columnist for the Toronto Star, a host and producer at CityTV’s BookTelevision, a writer and editor at, a senior editor at Chatelaine, and a journalism instructor at Ryerson University. Her writing has been nominated for several Canadian National Magazine Awards.

Jonathan Goldstein is an American-Canadian author whose writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, and the National Post. He is a frequent contributor to Public Radio International’s This American Life, and the author of the short story collection Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! and the novel Lenny Bruce is Dead. He was a 2002 co-recipient of the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s Gold Prize. In 2004, he was awarded a Canadian National Magazine Award for humour. His CBC Radio show, WireTap, is now in its ninth season.

Vincent Lam won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his short-story collection, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures. His first novel, The Headmaster’s Wager, was shortlisted for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award. Lam is a lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and an emergency physician at Toronto East General Hospital.

Pasha Malla is author of The Withdrawal Method, a collection of short stories that was named a Globe and Mail and National Post book of the year and won both the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Trillium Book Award. A frequent contributor to The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, and CBC Radio, Malla has also won an Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, two Canadian National Magazine Awards for humour writing, and has twice had stories included in the Journey Prize anthology.

Henry Mintzberg is the John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management. He is best known for his research on management strategy and organizational structures. Mintzberg is the author or co-author of fifteen books, and has written over 100 management articles. He has been named an officer of the Order of Canada and l’Ordre national du Québec.

Saleema Nawaz is an author whose works of short fiction have been published in journals such as Prism International, Prairie Fire, and The Dalhousie Review. Her first complete collection of short fiction, Mother Superior, was nominated for the Quebec Writers’ Federation McAuslan First Book Prize, and one of the stories in the collection, “My Three Girls,” won the 2008 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

Alison Pick is an award-winning novelist and poet and the author of the novel Far To Go, which won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and was long-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. Pick’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Globe and Mail and The Walrus.

Will Straw is director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and a professor in the university’s Department of Art History and Communication Studies. He is the author of Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in ’50s America, and has written extensively on popular culture, cinema, and cities.

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