As you might now, TBridge started a book club and the first book we read was Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. A week after our review, Stephen Daze comes in during our weekly meeting announcing that Malcolm Gladwell will be at the NAC June 11th and since we had all just read his book, we will all be attending (who said timing wasn’t everything?).

For those of you who have never heard of Malcolm Gladwell here is a brief bio:

Gladwell was born in 1963 to a proud Graham (an English civil engineer working as a professor at the University of Waterloo) and Joyce Gladwell (a Jamaican psychotherapist and author). Though born in the UK, Gladwell was raised in Elmira Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in History in 1984.

Gladwell began his journalism career at The American Spectator, followed by 9 years at The Washington Post as a science writer and New York bureau chief. He is now a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine, a public speaker, and the author of three international best seller books: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), and Outliers: The Story of Success (2008).

Apart from authoring 3 best sellers, Gladwell is the winner of the National Magazine Award for his profile of Ron Popeil in 1999. He was named one of 100 most influential people by Times Magazine in 2005. He received the first American Sociological Association Award in Excellence for Reporting of Social Issues in 2007. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from the University of Waterloo in 2007. And yet, in typical Gladwell wit, he describes on his website, “my great claim to fame is that I’m from the town where they invented the BlackBerry. My family also believes (with some justification) that we are distantly related to Colin Powell. I invite you to look closely at the photograph above and draw your own conclusions.”

I personally cannot wait to hear him speak on June 11th 2009.  Friends of mine recently saw him speak at WES 2009 (BlackBerry Symposium) Florida, and if they are to be believed, it will be an event to remember. If he’s even a tenth as good a public speaker as he is an author, then I expect an event of great insight, debate, and wit.

We’ll make sure to blog our opinions of the author and the event, so stay tuned.

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