Booker Prize-winning Author Ian McEwan to Speak at Yale

Internationally acclaimed British novelist Ian McEwan will read from his work on November 8 at 7 p.m. in Sudler Hall, 100 Wall St.

The reading, part of the Schlesinger Visiting Writers series, is free and open to the public. Sudler Hall is located inside William Harkness Hall.

McEwan’s first volumes of short stories, “First Love, Last Rites” (1975) and “In Between the Sheets” (1978), won critical acclaim and established him as an important literary voice in England. His first novel, “The Cement Garden,” was published in 1978, followed by “The Comfort of Strangers” (1981), which was short-listed for the Booker Prize and made into a movie in 1990. His third novel, “The Child in Time” (1987), won the Whitbread Award for the best novel of the year. “The Innocent” was published in 1990 and “Black Dogs” followed in 1993. McEwan’s 1997 novel “Enduring Love” was made into a film in 2004.

McEwan won the Booker Prize for his novel “Amsterdam” in 1998. “Atonement” (2002) won numerous prizes, including the WH Smith Literary Award, National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award, Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel. A film version of the novel is currently in production.

McEwan’s most recent novel, “Saturday” (2005), follows neurosurgeon Henry Perowne through London on February 13, 2003, the day of a major international protest against the war in Iraq.

This month he won the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. In announcing the award, David H. Lynn, editor of Review, praised McEwan’s fiction “for its fierce ethical engagements and its exceptional artistry…. More than any other recent author, McEwan explores the unanticipated and often brutal collisions between the ordinary and the extraordinary.” Sunday Times (London) critic Peter Kemp called McEwan “a novelist unsurpassed for his responsive, responsible humanity.”

The John Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer series enriches the experience of student writers in Yale College. It is supported by a gift from Richard and Sheila Schlesinger in honor of their son, who was dedicated to the pursuit of creative writing. Each year several distinguished writers come to campus to give a public reading and to confer with student writers in a variety of settings, formal and informal.

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