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Saturday, May 13, 2006

He is the Walrus

Ken Alexander is co-founder (along with David Berlin) and is currently the editor at The Walrus magazine. It first hit the newstands in the fall of 2003. This month, it was reported that the magazine leads with an obscene amount of National Magazine Award nominations: 49. Wow.

Tonight Mr. Alexander gave the keynote speech entitled "The Critical Role of the Fourth Estate to Our Democracy".

The focus of his speech was "on the importance of magazines in fostering a reading culture, the notion of writing as an art, the writer/editor relationship, and his view that it is actually The Walrus readers who "own" the magazine. He is working on his second book, studied philosophy at university, was a senior producer for CBC television, has travelled a fair bit, and lives happily in Toronto with his wife, Sharyn, and two children, Marcus and Claire."

He helped celebrate PWAC's 30th anniversary at tonight's gala dinner at the Canadian War Musuem. As tickets were $100 a plate, I didn't stay long. (To those keen readers of my weblog, you might notice that the background is the same as the photo I took back last November with Ottawa's current mayor and Frances Itani.)

Incidentally, here's another clue for you all, the walrus was actually Paul.


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