Why I Write

A discussion with Caryl Phillips and Hisham Matar
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
7 PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center

Global writers and Booker Prize shortlisted novelists Caryl Phillips and Hisham Matar read from their recent works, and discuss their reasons for writing literature. How, for instance, do Phillips and Matar grapple with legacies of historical injury and use their writing to participate in shaping a just future? What motivates the act of writing today? Join us as two luminaries of the contemporary novel in English discuss the new aesthetic terrains and political possibilities of their craft. Caryl Phillips is author of nine novels, including In the Falling Snow and A Distant Shore; his most recent book is Color Me English: Selected Essays. Hisham Matar is the author of In the Country of Men. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, is just out in the US.

This event is moderated by Kaiama L. Glover, assistant professor of French at Barnard. Cosponsored by the English department.

Oct. 4, 2011 - 7:00 PM