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A Literary Lunch with Siri Hustvedt
29 May 2014 12:30
Dulwich Books proudly presents a literary lunch with the international bestselling author of What I Loved, Siri Hustvedt.
As part of her whistle stop UK tour Siri will be making an intimate appearance at the historical Belair House in Dulwich to discuss her new novel The Blazing World. Limited to only 20 people, the event will start with a drinks reception on the terrace overlooking the gardens (weather permitting), before moving inside where the audience will have the opportunity to chat with Siri about her writing over lunch.
In The Blazing World artist Harriet Burden, consumed by fury at the lack of recognition she has received from the New York art establishment, embarks on an experiment: she hides her identity behind three male fronts who exhibit her work as their own. And yet, even after she has unmasked herself, there are those who refuse to believe she is the woman behind the men. Presented as a collection of texts compiled by a scholar years after Burden's death, the story unfolds through extracts from her notebooks, reviews and articles, as well as testimonies from her children, her lover, a dear friend, and others more distantly connected to her. Each account is different, however, and the mysteries multiply. One thing is clear: Burden's involvement with the last of her 'masks' turned into a dangerous psychological game that ended with the man's bizarre death.
‘Both intellectually and emotionally gripping . . . the generosity of the storytelling leads to full and often affecting backstories for all the main characters . . . [it] feels like one of those novels in which a well-established author triumphantly sums up, and possibly even surpasses, everything they've done before.’ — Spectator - James Walton
Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993. Since then she has published The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved, The Sorrows of an American and The Summer Without Men. She is also the author of the poetry collection Reading To You, and four collections of essays, Yonder, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, A Plea for Eros and Living, Thinking, Looking, as well as the memoir The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves. Born in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University and in 2012 was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities.
This event is on Thursday 29th May at 12:30pm, and will take place at Belair House, 1 Gallery Rd, Dulwich, London, SE21 7AB, http://www.belairhouse.co.uk.
Tickets are £25 for a 2-course lunch with pre-lunch drinks, coffee and service charge or £30 for a 3-course lunch with pre-lunch drink, coffee and service charge. Tickets are available online from http://sirihustvedt.eventbrite.co.uk, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone 020 8670 1920, or in person from Dulwich books.
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Thursday 29th May: A literary lunch with Siri Hustvedt at Bel Air House to discuss her new novel, ‘The Blazing World.’ Tickets are available from: http://sirihustvedt.eventbrite.co.uk
Thursday 7th June: Alan Johnson MP will be appearing at The Crypt, All Saints Church to discuss his autobiography, ‘This Boy.’ Tickets are available from: http://alanjohnson.eventbrite.co.uk/
Wednesday 18th June: Veteran journalist Frank Gardner will be at The Michael Croft Theatre discussing the updated edition of his autobiography, ‘Blood and Sand.’ Tickets are available from: http://www.michaelcrofttheatre.org.uk/page.aspx?id=124