Linda Grant will be appearing at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2013. The details of her appearances are below, and you can find more information on the Jaipur Literature Festival website.
24th Jan – 6pm to 7pm
The Novel of the Future
Mohammed Hanif, Nadeem Aslam, Lawrence Norfolk, Howard Jacobson and Linda Grant in conversation with Zoe Heller
The novel has dominated literature since the mid-eighteenth century, taking the central place once occupied by plays, poems and epics. It has weathered the rise of cinema and television but in the digital future, its fate is uncertain. Was the nineteenth century the golden age of the novel, and has it been in decline ever since? Is the novel exhausted, as Naipaul has argued? Will the rise of Kindle and download piracy kill off its means of sustenance? Where does the novel go from here? Mohammed Hanif, Nadeem Aslam, Lawrence Norfolk, Howard Jacobson and Linda Grant in conversation with Zoe Heller.
25th Jan – 6pm to 7pm
The Jewish Novel
Linda Grant, Howard Jacobson, Gary Shteyngart and Andrew Solomon, moderated by Jonathan Shainin
Does the ‘Jewish novel’ really exist? Or are there just individual Jewish novelists? And do great writers always transcend the cultural and religious world they come from? Linda Grant, Howard Jacobson, Gary Shtyengart and Andrew Solomon discuss Jewishness and literature, moderated by Jonathan Shainin.
28th Jan – 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Beautiful Offspring: The Art of Historical Fiction
Linda Grant, Madeline Miller, Philip Hensher and Lawrence Norfolk in conversation with Jeet Thayil
How do you write a novel set in a period of history which ended long before you were born? How important is historical research and realism? Novelists Linda Grant, Madeline Miller, Philip Hensher and Lawrence Norfolk discuss the genre in conversation with Jeet Thayil.
Linda will be making a number of public appearances in the next few weeks. Please contact the relevant organisers or venue (as specified below) for more information about any of these events. And please remember to check with the venue before travelling to any pre-booked event, in case there’s a late alteration for any reason.
- Thursday February 24th – Daunts Books event
- Saturday March 5th – World Book Night
- Sunday March 6th – Jewish Book Week
- Sunday April 10th – Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
- Sunday May 8th – Brighton Festival
Linda will be a guest of Sky Arts Channel’s The Book Show this week, talking to Mariella Frostrup about her new novel We Had It So Good.
The other guests on this week’s show are Simon Sebag Montifiore and Jane Shilling. The show will be broadcast on Sky Arts 1 HD at 7.00 p.m. on Thursday February 10th and will be available to watch again via the Sky Arts website afterwards.
You can also watch two exclusive video interview clips with Linda, in which she talks about how she became an author and how her schooling informed and influenced her work.
We Had It So Good tells the story of Stephen Newman. In 1968 he arrives in England from California. Sent down from Oxford, he hurriedly marries his English girlfriend Andrea to avoid returning to America and the draft board. Over the next forty years they and their friends build lives of middle-class success until the events of late middle-age and the new century force them to realise that their fortunate generation has always lived in a fool’s paradise.
Linda’s new novel We Had It So Good was featured on BBC Radio 4′ Saturday Review programme on January 15th.
Listen to the show at www.bbc.co.uk. The lengthy and wide-ranging discussion of We Had It So Good kicks in round about 11.58 or so.