About the speaker

Ted Bishop lives in Edmonton, teaches at the University of Alberta, and writes with a fountain pen. His new book, The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder, and Our Relationship with the Word (Viking/Penguin), combines research and travel that has taken him from Samarkand to Budapest, from ancient Chinese ink sticks to Bic ballpoint pens.

He is also the author of the GG-nominated Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books, a Canadian bestseller that was named a Best Book by the Globe and Mail, and CBC’s Talking Books, and earned him a mention in Playboy magazine (alongside fellow Canadian Pamela Anderson). It also won the Edmonton Book Prize, the Wilfred Eggleston Award and the Motorcycle Award of Excellence (MAX!).

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