ILFDublin OFF THE PAGE event in October
OFF THE PAGE presents JONATHAN FRANZEN IN CONVERSATION
International Literature Festival Dublin returns this autumn with its OFF THE PAGE series with a exclusive Dublin appearance by American novelist Jonathan Franzen. Author of The Corrections and Freedom, and the first novelist to grace the cover of Time magazine in 20 years, Franzen has emerged as the leading American novelist of his generation.His latest novel, Purity, is centred on Pip Tyler – real name Purity – who, fresh out of college, embarks on a quest to find the identity of her father. Through an internship with the Sunlight Project in Bolivia and under the auspices of its charismatic frontman, Andres Wolf, Pip is drawn into a complex web of activism and idealism, in a novel of trademark historical and geographical sweep.
With Purity, Franzen has written another masterwork combining family loyalties and murder, comedy and moral complexity.
Tickets are €20/€18
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05 Oct 2015
An Evening with Colum McCann
Join Colum McCann in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College at 7pm as he reads from and discusses his latest novel Thirteen Ways of Looking
This is a free event, however booking is essential here
Please note there is no admittance to the event before 6:45pm
Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann
As it was, it was like being set down in the best of poems, carried into a cold landscape, blindfolded, turned around, unblindfolded, forced, then, to invent new ways of seeing.
It is a cold day in January when J. Mendelssohn wakes in his Upper East Side apartment. Old and frail, he is entirely reliant on the help of his paid carer, and as he waits for the heating to come on, the clacking of the pipes stirs memories of the past; of his childhood in Lithuania and Dublin, of his distinguished career as a judge, and of his late wife, Eileen. Later he leaves the house to meet his son Elliot for lunch, and when Eliot departs mid-meal, Mendelssohn continues eating alone as the snow falls heavily outside.
Moments after he leaves the restaurant he is brutally attacked. The detectives working on the case search through the footage of Mendelssohn's movements, captured by cameras in his home and on the street. Their work is like that of a poet: the search for a random word that, included at the right instance, will suddenly make sense of everything.
Told from a multitude of perspectives, in lyrical, hypnotic prose, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a ground-breaking novella of true resonance. Accompanied by three equally powerful stories set in Afghanistan, Galway and London, this is a tribute to humanity's search for meaning and grace, from a writer at the height of his form, capable of imagining immensities even in the smallest corners of our lives.
This event is in association with the School of English, Trinity College.
Photograph Credit: Dustin Aksland
08 Oct 2015
Bram Stoker Festival
This October Bank Holiday weekend Dublin City will celebrate all things goulish for the fourth Bram Stoker Festival. A Dublin City Council initiative in association with Fáilte Ireland, the festival takes the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel Dracula as inspiration and will celebrate all things macabre, strange and paranormal mixed with some good-old fashioned Halloween fun.
Dublin City Centre will come alive with events for all ages including an outdoor installation by Maser, a Scary Trail and a Macnas Twilight Procession. Full events details are available on www.bramstokerfestival.com
23 Oct 2015
26 Oct 2015