75 An Hour with Eleanor Catton
At 28-years-old Eleanor Catton has just become the youngest writer ever to win the Man Booker Prize. The Luminaries, Catton’s second novel, is set in the 1860s during the New Zealand gold rush, and explores a mysterious web of events–a murder, the attempted suicide of a prostitute and the disappearance of a man who had recently struck a fortune in gold—that a council of 12 men have gathered to solve. Of the 832-page astrologically-themed novel, the chair of the judges panel said: “Maturity is evident in every sentence, in the rhythms and balances. It is a novel of astonishing control.” And the man Booker Prize website followed up with: “It will be fascinating to see what she writes next but whatever it is may have to be put on hold: Catton is now sitting at world literature's top table and everyone will want a piece of her.” This is your chance to spend an hour with Eleanor Catton and hear this year’s latest literary sensation live and in person.
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Programming details have changed since the Festival Program was printed. The event originally scheduled at this time, Catharsis, featuring Ann Shin, was unfortunately cancelled due to a scheduling issue.