Spark: How Genius Ignites

Claudia Kalb

Chair: Harry Mount

04/03/2022 1:00 pm
KPlayer, Virtual Event

What are the origins of genius? How do luck, failure, personality and serendipity play into the arc of discovery? And why do some people reach extraordinary creative heights early in life while others achieve greatness decades later? New York Times bestseller Claudia Kalb joins us live from the US to answer these questions and more, as in her latest book Spark, via the lives of 13 extraordinary individuals, from child prodgies Shirley Temple, Yo-Yo Ma and Pablo Picasso to those who achieved greatness later in life like Maya Angelou, Alexander Fleming and the creator of Roget’s Thesaurus.

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Claudia Kalb


Clau­dia Kalb is an award-win­ning jour­nal­ist who blends biog­ra­phy, sci­ence, and first­hand report­ing to illu­mi­nate the lives of great minds. Spark builds on a series of cov­er sto­ries she wrote for Nation­al Geo­graph­ic about the ori­gins of genius. Her first book, Andy Warhol Was a Hoard­er: Inside the Minds of His­to­ry’s Great Per­son­al­i­ties, was a New York Times bestseller.

Harry Mount


Harry Mount is editor of The Oldie and the author of eight books. He was a leader writer and New York correspondent at the Daily Telegraph and is a former barrister.

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