Jenny Offill – Weather
Appearing in Norwich as part of a limited run of UK events. Jenny Offill is the author of Dept. of Speculation (which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize and the International Dublin Award) and Last Things (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the L.A. Times First Book Award). We are thrilled to welcome her to Norwich for the launch of her third novel, Weather, in partnership with The Book Hive.
Described as ‘gorgeous, funny, deadly serious and warmly revelatory’ (Max Porter), Weather follows librarian Lizzie Benson as she finds deep meaning and deep despair in her alternative calling as an armchair therapist for those in existential crisis. Offill is a perfectly placed writer for this historical moment; with all of its anxieties around climate change, politics, and a nation in a state of emergency.
Jenny will be joined in conversation by the novelist, poet and journalist Joe Dunthorne – author of The Adulterants, Wild Abandon and Submarine.
‘Completely brilliant’ – Guardian
‘Rightfully adored’ – New York Times
‘This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy’ – Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
‘The end times don’t deserve such exquisite literary investigation. I folded down every page until I realised there was no point, I would fold them all, I would read the book again the second I was finished. A gorgeous, funny, deadly serious and warmly revelatory mesh of perfect paragraphs’ – Max Porter, author of Lanny and Grief is the Thing With Feathers
‘Jenny Offill is one of today’s few essential voices, because she writes about essential things, in sentences so clipped and glittering it’s as if they are all cut from one diamond’ – Jonathan Dee, author of The Privilege.
Jenny Offill is the author of Dept. of Speculation, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award, selected as a ‘book of the year’ in the press over 20 times, and has been optioned for a feature by Animal Kingdom. Jenny’s other works include Last Things, and four books for children. She lives in New York with her family. See http://www.obligatorynoteofhope.com for more [currently under construction].
Joe Dunthorne studied for his BA and an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. His first novel, Submarine, won the Curtis Brown Award, was shortlisted for the Wodehouse Prize and Commonwealth Writers Prize and longlisted for the Wales Book of the Year and the Desmond Elliot Prize. He has since published two further novels; Wild Abandon (winner of the Encore Prize for Best Second Novel 2011) and The Adulterants; and two poetry collections. He contributes to the Guardian, Observer, The New York Times and Independent.
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