Visiting Writers and Events
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The Department of English is delighted to announce that the Giller-nominated novelist Padma Viswanathan will be reading at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 31st, in Suncor Hall, in the Music Building.
Viswanathan’s debut novel, The Toss of a Lemon, was published in eight countries, a bestseller in three, and a finalist for the Commonwealth (Regional) First Book Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Prize and the Pen Center USA Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, has been published in Canada, the USA, India, and Australia. In Canada, it was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a national bestseller.
Viswanathan will be reading her award-winning short story “Transitory Cities” and excerpts from her translation of St. Bernardo, by the revered early-twentieth-century Brazilian novelist Graciliano Ramos. Forthcoming in 2019 from NYRB Classics, St. Bernardo is the wry, ironic story of Paulo Honório, an illiterate laborer turned landowner, whose success, in separating him from his origins, seeds his eventual downfall.
Dr. Andrew Loman of the Department of English says that “‘Transitory Cities’ is a jewel of a story. Its imaginative daring, its stylistic elegance, and its emotional heft remind me of the work of Angela Carter, Donald Barthelme, and Italo Calvino. We’ve wanted Padma to visit St. John’s for years, and couldn’t be more excited that she’ll be sharing her exquisite work with the St. John’s community.”
The reading is hosted by the Department of English and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. It begins at 8 pm on March 31st. Admission is free; Viswanathan’s novels will be available for purchase before and after the event.