Get to know Octavia E. Butler before this week’s BookTalk, where we will cover her classic novel Kindred. In this wide-ranging interview from The Charlie Rose Show (‘…the nightly PBS program that engages America’s best thinkers‘) she discusses her (then) new book Parable of the … Continue reading ‘It’s about sending my mind off to some place it hasn’t been before.’
‘Kindred was kind of draining and depressing, especially the research for writing it. I now have a talk that begins with the question, ‘How long does it take to write a novel?’ and the answer is, as long as you’ve lived up to the time … Continue reading ‘How long does it take to write a novel?’
More from author Susan M. Gaines in advance of her appearance at Cardiff BookTalk on 17 February – here she shares a few thoughts on one of the unintended consequences of writing a novel where the real protagonists are non-human. ‘We don’t have to read … Continue reading All the Birds in Accidentals
A Nandu, an Uruguayan flightless bird like an Ostrich, stalks through grassland.
The BookTalk team are delighted to present the full talk and Q+A we hosted with Richard Gwyn. The author discusses his latest novel The Blue Tent with Christie Collins, before Colin Bond fields probing questions from our audience. We cover magic, Jorge Luis Borges, dreams, … Continue reading Richard Gwyn’s The Blue Tent – Full talk and Q+A
‘Narrative truth: is that different from any other kind of truth? I mean the question seriously, because it relates to the idea of authenticity. ‘James Wood, who is a superb critic, has made the distinction between a reliably unreliable narrator and an unreliably unreliable narrator, … Continue reading ‘You too are a temporary resident, if you think about it.’
Our next event takes place on the 3rd June 2019 and we are thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Merve Emre to speak about her new book, What’s Your Type? Over the course of the evening, we will unpack questions around why personality tests are so popular and what their ongoing appeal says about humanity’s desire to define and label themselves. Dr. Emre will also be answering questions and signing books.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
In mid 2018, Jessica Gross visited Merve Emre in New Haven and interviewed her for Longreads.com. They discussed the MBTI and their own personal history of friendship, leading to the question, if the MBTI is predicated on the understanding that a person’s personality type never changes, how does one account for personal evolution?
Dr. Merve Emre discusses the origins, evolution, and ongoing importance of the world’s most used personality test with Nam Kiwanuka on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. This interview was published online on 12th Nov. 2018. Our next event takes place on the 3rd June 2019 … Continue reading Type-Casting Humanity
John Harding: ‘[Florence and Giles] was inspired by Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw”. The book was made into an opera by the 20th-century British composer Benjamin Britten and on my way home from watching the opera I began to think it would be interesting to tell a similar story, only this time not from the point of view of the governess as it is in the Henry James book, but from the viewpoint of one of the children. I’ve always loved stories like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre and I loved writing in the genre. So much so that when the book was a huge bestseller and people in the UK and Italy and Brazil kept asking for another book in the same genre I decided “Why not” (Perchè no?)’