Award-winning novelist David Vann read at the Word Factory Salon from his latest novel Bright Air Black, published by Penguin. Told with luminous poetic prose, Bright Air Black is a re-telling of the Medea myth from the author who describes himself as a neo-classical writer. The novel sympathetically presents both Medea’s humanity and brutality, testifying to David’s interest in Medea as a terrifying threat left over from ‘the old world’.
Award-winning short story writer and novelist Lionel Shriver came to read at the Word Factory Salon to discuss her latest novel The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047. Set in the US following the collapse of the dollar, The Mandibles is Lionel’s thirteenth novel, published by Harper Collins. A dystopian family drama set in the context of a financial meltdown, The Mandibles acutely questions altruism, the fiction of finance and America’s position as a global superpower. Many of Lionel’s previous novels, including her infamous Orange-award winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, mine her ‘what if’ thoughts about life.
Listen to this exclusive podcast with one of America’s most acclaimed authors, Tobias Wolff.
In this conversation with Cathy Galvin from our Word Factory event in April 2016, Tobias reflects on the books that got him going as a reader, his early addiction with Jack London and the craft of the short story.