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Past Events

Past EventsWednesday, February 25

The Art of the Essay: Notting Hill Editions

Michael Ignatieff
Phillip Lopate
Chair: Adam Mars-Jones

Michael IgnatieffPhillip 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. Adam Mars-Jones is the author of the celebrated essay 'Noriko Smiling' published by Notting Hill Editions in 2011.

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 is a novelist, essayist and critic. He has written non-fiction (Blind Bitter Happiness, 1997) and fiction including Lantern Lecture (1981), The Waters of Thirst (1993), Pilcrow (2008) and Cedilla (2011). 


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