Join me in conversation with Julian Barnes, British novelist and winner of the Man Booker Prize, at the Menlo Atherton Center for Performing Arts on May 23rd.
About the Evening, a Kepler’s Premier Event
Julian Barnes in conversation with Michelle Richmond
Monday, May 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
The Noise of Time
Menlo-Atherton High School Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton
For many of us, we are still taken aback by the elegant and provocative novel The Sense of an Ending, which earned Julian Barnes the Man Booker Prize in 2011. The judges took 31 minutes to declare the winner, and the head judge said that The Sense of an Ending “spoke to humankind in the 21st Century.”
Perhaps you aren’t a reader of fiction or you’ve never picked up a Julian Barnes book before… this event will still resonate with you. As JFK once said, “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.” Join the discussion of what happens to art and artists under oppression and what happens when government seeks to control and even co-op artists and their art.
This is a rare opportunity to hear one of our most brilliant writers talk about his creative process, his inspirations, and so much more, and just in time for the film adaptation of The Sense of an Ending, which is slated to release in 2016.
Julian Barnes is the author of numerous novels, story collections, translations, and essays on art. In addition to the 2011 Man Booker prize-winning novel, The Sense of an Ending, his fiction includes Flaubert’s Parrot and Arthur & George, both short-listed for the Man Booker prize. In 2016, the American Academy of Arts & Letters elected Barnes as an honorary foreign member.
Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, including Golden State and The Year of Fog, and two story collections, including Hum, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.
NOTE: Mr. Barnes will sign copies of The Noise of Time and up to 3 other books per guest.
Monday, May 23, 2016 – 7:30pm
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025-4349