Subject Matters with Sebastian Gomes

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” — Cicero

As digital content continues to sweep across the communications world, books are becoming more peripheral in people's lives. And yet, they are as relevant as ever. Host Sebastian Gomes sits down with authors and editors to discuss 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 viewing experience that is visually stunning and rich in content. Each 30-minute episode features an interview with the author, discussion on the contemporary relevance of the topic and a peer review segment for a broad and substantial analysis of current and relevant ideas in a powerfully creative viewing experience.

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Season Two

upcoming episodes...

Sunday, May 28

Episode 10
“Jubilee: 50 Years of Solidarity”
By Danny Gilles
Sunday, June 4

Episode 11
“Women Deacons? Essays with Answers”
By Phyllis Zagano

Season One

Filmed on location at
Ben McNally Books
Ben McNally is an independent general interest book store in the heart of the Financial District of Toronto, Ontario. Renowned for the elegance of its décor and the calm atmosphere it offers, over the course of its almost nine years of existence the store has forged a reputation for its comprehensive and thoughtfully chosen inventory, its excellent staff, and its commitment to customer service. Featuring the latest Canadian, British, and American releases, the store offers many titles that are not widely available, reflecting the varied and discerning interests of its clientele. The official bookstore for the International Festival of Authors, Ben McNally also partners with the Globe and Mail for the highly successful Authors Brunch Series, and creates many other author events throughout the city and in the store, bringing writers and readers together.
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