The Art of the Essay: Notting Hill Editions

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Host: Jewish Book Week
Location: King's Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. Hall two
Speaker: Michael Ignatieff and Phillip Lopate with Adam Mars-Jones (chair)

Michael Ignatieff, Phillip Lopate and Adam Mars-Jones celebrate the essay, the sine qua non of Notting Hill Editions. Cultural beacon Michael Ignatieff, who won the first NHE biennial award for his essay on Raphael Lemkin, is the ideal person to attest why this literary miniature is a form worth revitalising. Phillip Lopate, essayist and Columbia University professor of writing, launches Portrait Inside My Head, his new collection on parenthood, marriage, sex and friendship.

Michael Ignatieff is a Canadian award-winning author, university teacher and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He has also worked as a television presenter, documentary filmmaker and editorial columnist. 

Phillip Lopate is director of the nonfiction graduate writing programme at Columbia University. His essays, fiction, poetry and film and architectural criticism have appeared in many prestigious collections and journals.

Adam Mars-Jones (Chair) – Novelist, essayist and critic. He has written non-fiction: Blind Bitter Happiness, (1997), and the forthcoming Kid Gloves and fiction including Lantern Lecture (1981), The Waters of Thirst (1993), Pilcrow (2008) and Cedilla (2011). He published the celebrated essay Noriko Smiling with Notting Hill Editions in 2011. He reviews anything not nailed down.

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