A New Year, and new format for the Londonist Literary List...
Fresh this Week: The first Anything but Hackneyed for 2007. Susan Elderkin, Betty Trask Award winner and one of Granta's 20 best British novelists will be reading from her Odaantje nominated novel The Voices on Thursday 29 March at 6.30pm. The Broadway Bookshop, Hackney - See their Myspace for more details.
Givin’ ‘em away: Daniel Mason, author of The Piano Tuner, reads from his follow up fable, A Far Country at this week’s free event pick. “Set in an unnamed third world country, the heroine, 14-year-old Isabel, is forced to move from her poor and destitute village to the dangerous shantytown of the big city as she searches for her brother and ekes out her own existence.” Tonight, 6.30pm, at the Gallery, Foyles Bookshop. Email email@example.com to reserve places.
Try a Bit of This: “In a matter of minutes, everybody had walked away — wearily and tearfully walked away from our species' least favorite activity — and he was left behind. Of course, as when anyone dies, though many were grief-stricken, others remained unperturbed, or found themselves relieved, or, for reasons good or bad, were genuinely pleased.” This week Philip Roth wins his third PEN/Faulkner Literary Award for Everyman.
Two for a Pound:
1. March the 1st is the UK and Ireland’s World Book Day - Tell them the Top 10 books you can’t live without.
2. Who is the greatest living author of the British Isles? The Guardian wants to know…
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