Reading Penelope Fitzgerald with Hermione Lee, Ellis Avery, Margot Livesey, and Alexander Chee

General Programming

November 19, 2014 Wednesday, 6:15pm EST The Schapiro Center, Davis Auditorium, Columbia University
  • Public Books
  • The Writing Program of the School of the Arts
  • Image Credit/Caption: Tara Heinemann

Called "the finest British writer alive" by The Los Angeles Times and "the mistress of the hint of the sublime" by The New York Times, Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) began publishing at the age of fifty-eight and produced nine novels and three biographies by the time of her death at eighty-three. Her third novel, Offshore, won the Booker Prize in 1979, while her final novel, The Blue Flower, was named Book of the Year by nineteen British newspapers in 1995 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1997.

Please join Hermione Lee, the acclaimed biographer of Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf, and award-winning novelists Ellis Avery, Alexander Chee, and Margot Livesey, in celebrating the life and writing of Penelope Fitzgerald at an event that showcases Lee's masterful new biography, Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. Avery, Livesey, and Chee will also read and discuss their favorite selections from Fitzgerald's work.

Event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served

  • Hermione Lee Author
  • Ellis Avery Author and Assistant Professor of Writing Columbia University
  • Alexander Chee Author
  • Margot Livesey Author