Mandy Catron

  • Author of the critically-acclaimed essay collection How to Fall in Love with Anyone

  • Her TED and TEDx Talks have been viewed over 8 million times collectively

In the wake of the pandemic, Mandy Catron wants to unpack the science of social connection. Her writing can be found in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Catapult, and The Walrus as well as other newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies.

Mandy Len Catron is the author of the critically-acclaimed essay collection How to Fall in Love with Anyone. The book was listed for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize and the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. Her writing can be found in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Catapult, and The Walrus as well as other newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies. Her essays and talks have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Mandy’s article “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This” was one of the most popular articles published by the New York Times in 2015. You can find her two TEDx talks above, and her blog on love and love stories at The Love Story Project. She’s currently working on a book about loneliness, which you can read more about in her newsletter. She teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia and at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver. She is originally from Appalachian Virginia.

Speech topics

The Science of Social Connection

After two years of self-isolation, social distancing and other restrictions, many people are experiencing a hunger for social connection. But the closeness we crave may be especially elusive on the backside of the pandemic, with seemingly-interminable challenges ranging from mask mandates to remote work. This discovery session will provide participants with a science-based toolkit for establishing a genuine sense of connection—in person or remotely.

Books

How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays

What really makes love last? Does love ever work the way we say it does in movies and books and Facebook posts? Or does obsessing over those love stories hurt our real-life relationships? When her parents divorced after a twenty-eight year marriage and her own ten-year relationship ended, those were the questions that Mandy Len Catron wanted to answer.

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