“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero
is a brand new series on Salt + Light Television that promotes the reading and writing of books in our time. As digital content becomes more prominent and accessible, books are becoming more peripheral in people's lives. But are they still relevant? Ahead of the premiere of Subject Matters
on Sunday, May 15th, host Sebastian Gomes reflects on the power of reading and explains how the show adapts the artistic nature of books on screen (above).
In the show, Sebastian sits down with contemporary authors and editors to discuss a variety of books of interest, from pressing political and cultural issues to questions and debates about the supernatural. Two criteria are used in the selection of books: Is the book relevant? And, is the book readable? With the production of Subject Matters
, S+L hopes to reignite interest in the ancient art of the written word and spark the imaginations of a new generation of book lovers. Beautifully filmed on location at Ben McNally Books
in downtown Toronto, Subject Matters
links the old with the new to create a television experience that is visually stunning and rich in content. Each 30-minute episode features an interview with the author of a book, a discussion on the relevance of the topic and a peer review segment for a broad and substantial analysis of current and relevant ideas.