To celebrate the opening of the Centre for Contemporary Writing Maastricht, we are delighted to host a public reading and live interview with the celebrated Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist, John Banville.
Banville is considered to be a master stylist and "one of the most imaginative literary novelists writing in the English language today" (The Washington Post). The forensic precision, dark humour and inventiveness of his prose puts him in the tradition of Nabokov and explains his formidable track record of awards and honours, having won the Franz Kafka Prize, the Irish Book Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the Irish PEN Award, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature in the last three years alone. Aside from his literary fiction, plays and screenplays, Banville writes thrillers under the pseudonymn: Benjamin Black. He has published sixteen novels to date.
To interview Mr. Banville, we have invited Dr. Elke D’hoker, a Banville scholar and lecturer from the department of literature at the K.U.Leuven. Her research is centrally involved with Irish literature, in particular nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction. She has published a critical study of the work of John Banville (Rodopi 2004) and has co-edited a collection of essays on unreliable first-person narration (De Gruyter, 2008).
The event will take place at the Turnzaal building at Maastricht University's Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences on May 21st (19:00-20:30h). A book signing will follow the interview. Space is limited, so a free Eventbrite ticket is necessary to ensure admission. If you have requested a ticket and are unable to attend the event, please de-register on Eventbrite.