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House of Anansi Press


Five Windows on the Season CBC Massey Lectures

Written by Adam Gopnik

Published August 24, 2011 | ISBN 9781770890459

Cover of Winter

Regular price $16.95 CAD

272 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book


Five Windows on the Season

CBC Massey Lectures

Adam Gopnik

The 2011 CBC Massey Lectures celebrates fifty years with bestselling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik, whose subject is winter -- the season, the space, the cycle.

Gopnik takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists, and thinkers, who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. Here we learn how a poem by William Cowper heralds the arrival of the middle class; how snow science leads to existential questions of God and our place in the world; how the race to the poles marks the human drive to imprint meaning on a blank space. Gopnik’s kaleidoscopic work ends in the present day, when he traverses the underground city in Montreal, pondering the future of Northern culture.

A stunningly beautiful meditation buoyed by Gopnik’s trademark gentle wit, Winter is at once an enchanting homage to an idea of a season and a captivating journey through the modern imagination. This deluxe 50th anniversary edition includes full-colour images printed on two 8-page inserts.

About the Author

Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik an international bestselling author and has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He lives in New York City.

Awards and Praise
... pleasurably readable ... the Massey selectors made an inspired choice for 2011.
  • Commended Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2011