The Art of the Essay: Notting Hill Editions

Michael Ignatieff, Phillip Lopate

25/02/2015 8:30 pm

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

Michael Ignatieff is a writer, historian and former politician. He has taught at Cambridge, Oxford, the University of Toronto and Harvard and is currently President and Rector at Central European University in Vienna. His books, which have been translated into twelve languages, include Blood and Belonging, Isaiah Berlin: a life, The Needs of Strangers, The Russian Album and The Ordinary Virtues. Image cr. Paul Musso

Adam Mars-Jones

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).

Phillip Lopate

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.