Therefore Choose

Monday, May 3, 2010 - 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
Cover of Keith Oatley's Therefore Choose

How do our brains process literary tropes, like a love triangle? Can we improve our reading and writing skills by studying psychology? To launch his latest novel, Therefore Choose (Gooselane Editions), renowned psychologist Keith Oatley will discuss the dynamic relationship between the creative process and discoveries in the field of mapping the human mind with his esteemed academic colleague, Maja Djikic. Marc Glassman, Executive Director of This is Not A Reading Series (TINARS), will host the evening. – A TINARS event presented by Gooselane Editions, Gladstone Hotel, Torontoist, NOW Magazine and Take Five On CIUT.

Therefore Chose On a summer visit to Germany, George, a young medical student at Cambridge, meets Anna von Kleist, whose intellectual force, beauty, and self-assurance smite him full in the heart.

It is 1936. Hitler is already in power, and a shift has occurred in Germany that Anna, George, and their friend Werner have not fully grasped. Europe is on the cusp of war when the three find themselves in a painful love triangle that plays between England and Germany. Facing decisions that will forever alter the course of their lives, they must choose and live with the consequences of their choices.

Reviewers have compared Keith Oatley's pure, spare prose with that of A.S. Byatt and Umberto Eco. In Therefore Choose, his intimately rendered characters draw us irrevocably into their quest for meaning, hope, and understanding in a world diving headlong into chaos.

Keith Oatley is the author of two novels: The Case of Emily V, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book was published in the UK, France, Germany, and Japan, and A Natural History, which was published in Canada and France. A professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, he has long been fascinated by the way humans communicate ideas and emotions. His numerous publications on the subject include: Emotions: A Brief History and Understanding Emotions. He now lives in Toronto and in London.

Maja Djikic is a post-doctoral fellow at the Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the University of Toronto. She researches the impact of art on personality change, as well as states of self/mind most conducive to creative thinking. Her Ph.D thesis was “Investigating Arts’s Transformative Potential”. Djikic teaches at the Humber School of Creative & Performing Arts with Keith Oatley, with whom she has collaborated on many scholarly articles.

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