International writers Giuseppe Catozzella, Flavia Company, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Matt Lennox, Jacinto Lucas Pires and Eric Reinhardt read from their latest works. Jessica Moore hosts.
Giuseppe Catozzella was born in 1976 in Milan. He is the author of four novels and writes for L'Espresso, Repubblica and Vanity Fair. He presents Little Warrior, which is a bestseller in Italy, a Strega Prize winner and has been published around the world. His most recent novel is The Great Future.
Flavia Company is a writer, journalist and translator who writes in both Catalan and Spanish. She has worked as a literary critic, a teacher at literary workshops and a presenter for television. She is the author of essays, short stories, poetry and novels, for which she won the Documenta Award and been a finalist for the Rómulo Gallegos Award. Her work has been translated in many countries, including Brazil, France, Germany and Holland. Company presents The Island of Last Truth, a story of many mysteries, principal among them the true identity of the enigmatic Dr. Matthew Prendel, a shipwrecked expert sailor. Supported by Institut Ramon Llull
Mitsuyo Kakuta is one of the most popular female novelists active in Japan today. Born in Yokohama in 1967, she graduated from Waseda University’s Faculty of Literature in 1989. She has received numerous literary prizes, including the Naoki Prize, the Chuo Koron Literary Prize and the Renzaburo Shibata Prize. Two of her bestselling novels, The Eighth Day and Pale Moon, have been made into acclaimed films in Japan. She presents a reading from March Was Made of Yarn, which explores the March 2011 earthquake that devastated Japan. Kakuta is one of 22 writers to offer insight into this tragedy.
Jessica Moore is an author and translator. Her book, Everything, now, has been called “a powerful journey through love and loss." She is a BILTC and Lannan alumna, and winner of a PEN America Translation Award. She is VP for Ontario for the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and creator of Toronto’s Common Readings series. Moore is also a songwriter—Beautiful in Red is her debut solo album. She presented her translation of Maylis de Kerangal's Birth of a Bridge at IFOA 2014; her translation of de Kerangal’s moving and unusual story of a heart transplant, Mend the Living, is forthcoming in 2016.
Jacinto Lucas Pires was born in Porto in 1974 and now lives in Lisbon. He is a writer, playwright, director, musician and soccer aficionado. Pires won the prestigious Prémio Europa-David Mourão-Ferreira in 2008. Several translations of his short prose recently appeared in an issue of The St. Petersburg Review, translated by Jaime Braz and Dean Thomas Ellis. Pires presents his English-language debut, The True Actor, a touching story of identity and love and loss in austerity-era Portugal. It received the 2013 Domingos da Silva Teixeira Distinguished Literature Award.
Born in 1965, Eric Reinhardt is the author of four previous novels and a freelance publisher of art books. He lives and works in Paris. He presents the acclaimed and controversial bestseller The Victoria System, his first novel to be translated into English. Complex, compelling and ambitiously structured, it is a daringly sensual story of an obsession. It was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Goncourt and the Grand Prix du roman de L'Academie française.