Invite authors to talk and discuss their experiences in writing books.

Dr. Brendon Cannon will talk about the literature and importance of reading.

Bio:  Brendon Cannon is an Assistant Professor at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. His research is at nexus of security studies, emerging technology, and geopolitics. Cannon’s articles appear in Global Policy, International Politics, and Third World Quarterly. He has co-edited two books Indo-Pacific Strategies: Navigating Geopolitics at the Dawn of a New Age (Routledge, 2022) and Conflict and Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific (Routledge, 2020).


Session Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. Welcome and introduction to the importance of reading
    2. Overview of the talk’s focus on the importance of reading for vocabulary, writing ease, and creativity
    3. Personal connection to reading and writing experiences
  2. Key Pieces of Literature
    1. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
      1. Overview of the book’s impact on personal interests and outlook on life
      2. Discussion of themes and characters that resonated
    2. Macbeth and other plays by William Shakespeare
      1. Examination of Shakespeare’s influence on writing style and content
      2. Analysis of themes and characters
    3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
      1. Reflection on the book’s role in shaping imagination and creativity
      2. Discussion of themes and world-building
    4. Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
      1. Exploration of Chekhov’s impact on storytelling techniques
      2. Analysis of themes and character development
    5. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
      1. Discussion on the book’s influence on understanding historical contexts
      2. Examination of themes and narrative structure
    6. Aubrey-Maturin Series by Patrick O’Brian
      1. Reflection on the series’ contribution to understanding character dynamics and storytelling
      2. Analysis of themes and historical accuracy
    7. History Books and Theology
      1. Overview of the impact of history books and theological texts on writing style and content
      2. Discussion of specific books and their influence
  3. Writing Experience
    1. Personal insights into writing style, content, and case studies in terms of my own articles and books.
  4. Conclusion
    1. Recap
    2. Final thoughts on the transformative power of literature