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Mind the Book Festival 2013

Tim Jackson in discussion with Tomáš Sedláček, 2 March 2013 in Antwerp.

Our society is confronted with a profound dilemma. On the one hand, we need economic growth to secure social wellbeing. On the other hand, we are now demanding more from our planet than it can bear. This dilemma is the starting point for 'Prosperity Without Growth. Economics for a Finite Planet' by the British professor Tim Jackson.  On 2nd March he visits Mind the Book – a Belgian book festival held this year in Antwerp – to discuss his work with Tomáš Sedláček, renowned Czech economist and author of the Economics of Good and Evil

Mind the Book is currently in its third year. The critical questioning of society remains the core of this topical book festival. It focuses on non-fiction and fiction engaged with a number of well-chosen themes and a state-of-the-art book fair. Writers and their readers are immersed in a multidisciplinary framework and festival atmosphere.

Themes for 2013 are: East / West Russia, free market / democracy / resistance, alternative society, education / hope, prosperity without growth, graphic novel, new news media, youth / social media, financial crisis, happiness, Arab Spring, Afghanistan and the Middle East in relation to social engagement.

Mind the Book is organised by deSingel in cooperation with Vooruit. Knack, Radio 1, and the Groene Amsterdammer. With the support of the Flemish Literature Fund,, deBuren, Antwerp Book City and City of Ghent.

'Quite a revolutionary sounding message in economically turbulent times: abandon the growth model that has our economy in a stranglehold and move towards sustainable stability', says Knack.