The Lavin Agency

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The Lavin Agency is a North American speakers bureau with offices in New York and Toronto. The company was founded by David Lavin in the late 1980s.

The Lavin Agency represents speakers in the fields of business, politics, arts and science.


David Lavin was a promoter in Toronto who brought authors and other notable public figures to the city to lecture and debate the topics of the day. These speakers—many of whom were making their first visits to Canada—included economist John Kenneth Galbraith, social activist Abbie Hoffman, civil rights leader Eldridge Cleaver, and journalists such as Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, and Norman Mailer, who are often referred to as belonging to the school of New Journalism.[citation needed]

In 1989, David Lavin started The Lavin Agency (known as David Lavin Associates).[1]

Example speakers include Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, Jeremy Gutsche, CEO of Trend Hunter, Isabel Allende, author of The House of Spirits and Jared Diamond, author of Collapse.


  1. ^ "Caplan's $3,500-a-shot 'learning commission' fee". The Spectator - Hamilton, Ont. Jan 31, 1995. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 

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