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Host: Astoria Bookshop
Location: 31-29 31st Street Astoria, NY 11106 USA
Speaker: Kirsty Gunn
Join us and essayist Kirsty Gunn for a panel discussion on essay writing, celebrating the US launch of her essay My Katherine Mansfield Project from Notting Hill Editions.
In 2009, Kirsty Gunn returned to spend the winter in her hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, also the place where Katherine Mansfield grew up. In this exquisitely written “notebook,” which blends memoir, biography, and essay, Gunn records that winter-long experience and the unparalleled insight it allowed her into Mansfield’s fiction. Gunn explores the idea of home and belonging—and of the profound influence of Mansfield’s work on her own creative journey. She asks whether it is even possible to “come home”—and who are we when we get there?
The Times Literary Supplement calls My Katherine Mansfield Project, "a book to be treasured by anyone who has left home and moved away."
Screenwriter Jane Campion heralds it as "A beautiful and mood-provoking book…I felt the loneliness, the sadness, the love and identification with Katherine Mansfield…It was beautiful."
We hope you'll join us to celebrate the release of this wonderful essay in the U.S.
Kirsty Gunn is the recipient of several awards and prizes including the Scottish Arts Council Bursary for Literature, the New York Times Notable Book award, the Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her new collection of short stories, Infidelities (2014) has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the Frank O'connor Award. She is Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee.More Information