Advisory — Marc Raboy — PRESS AND MEDIA UPDATES
Thursday, March 2, at 8 and 11 PM The Agenda with Steve Paikin convenes its annual roundtable with this year's five RBC Taylor Prize finalists. Click to watch online.
Also on Thursday, March 2, at 7 PM the TPL / IFOA will host a roundtable with this year's five RBC Taylor Prize finalists. The discussion will be moderated by Mark Medley of The Globe and Mail at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library. Book your two free tickets here.
On March 4,at 1:00 PM Marc will be at the Ontario Science Centre to talk about Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World. Exploring Marconi's public and private personas, Professor Raboy will give life to the man who gave us the ability to talk across oceans, and who envisioned two way-radio communication and even the creation of social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. For details go to www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.
Press for Marc Raboy and Marconi
On March 4 Canada’s National Post reviewed Marc Raboy’s RBC Taylor Prize nominated book. The review notes Marc Raboy’s biography of Marconi does an admirable job of detailing Marconi’s journey from the precocious child inventing things in his parents’ attic to the world-famous scientist used by Benito Mussolini to promote fascism around the world. Reviewer Zane Schwartz notes how Marconi’s political connections relate to those of the tech giants of today. Click through to read the review.
In advance of Monday’s awards ceremony this year’s nominees answered The Globe and Mail’s questions on the origins of their books, the craft of writing, and the importance of non-fiction in an era where the validity of facts is constantly being questioned. Read their comments, compiled by Mark Medley at this link.
CBC Books has posted a Magic 8 Q&A in which Marc Raboy identifies the writing advice he’s glad he ignored; the job of writing in contemporary culture; his favourite editorial stage; and more. Click through to read the Q&A.
huffingtonpost.ca has posted a topical article by Marc Raboy on The Blog titled “Silicon Valley Take Note: Authoritarian Dictators Are Exactly What They Appear To Be.” The article asks: "Should Silicon Vally tech moguls be cozying up to Donald Trump?" Raboy says: "The story of the iconic early 20th century Irish-Italian wireless entrepreneur Guglielmo Marconi is instructive in this regard." Click through to read the blog.
Montreal Review of Books posted a Q&A discussing parallels between Marconi and our current networked world; Marconi's interest in the possibilities afforded by the rapid circulation of information and ideas; the challenges of biography when your subject is most famous for something he did so early in his life; how Marconi situated himself on the side of political power, order, and authority; and the relation of this book to Raboy's previous work. Click to read.
Video Interviews: Marc Raboy on Marconi
In this video interview filmed for the RBC Taylor Prize, Marc Raboy talks about Marconi’s pivotal role in two-way communication. RBC Taylor Prize interview here
In this video interview filmed for Open Book Toronto, Marc Raboy talks about Marconi’s involvement with fascism and the difficulties it presented for a biography of his life to be written. View the Open Book Toronto interview here
In this video interview filmed for The Huffington Post Canada Marc Raboy identifies Marconi’s establishment of two-way communication and the challenges in sharing the story of his life. View the Huffington Post interview here
Marc Raboy is Professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, and he has been a visiting scholar at Stockholm University, the University of Oxford, New York University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He lives in Montreal. View the Maclean’s interview, article and excerpt here