National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Geoff Dyer to speak on October 23

Acclaimed author Geoff Dyer will be in conversation with Amitava Kumar, Professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair, on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm in the Sanders Classroom Building Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). This event is sponsored by the English Department and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. It is free and open to the public.

At the event, Dyer will speak to novels that work as essays and vice-versa—a subject he knows well.

Novelist Jonathan Lethem has called Dyer the “leading master of the indefinable memoir-essay-perambulation on diverse topics: jazz, D. H. Lawrence, photography, travel, drugs, sex, etcetera. This procession of singular books he interrupts with novels and persuasive traditional critical essays, just to show how easily he can do those things too.”

Dyer is the author of four novels, including the recent Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi. His collection of essays, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 2011. Dyer is also widely known for his more genre-defying titles: But Beautiful, The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It and The Ongoing Moment.

Among his many literary honors, Dyer was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2005 and won the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006. Dyer lives in London, but is teaching at Columbia University this semester.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 11, 2013