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Bard College Contemporary Fiction Series Presents a Reading by Eleanor Catton

Mark Primoff
 Image Credit: Photo courtesy of the author

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College presents a reading by Eleanor Catton on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bard Chapel. Catton will read from her recent novel, The Luminaries. The reading is part of the Contemporary Fiction Series. Admission is free and open to the public and no reservations are required. For more information about this event contact Benjamin Hale at

Catton recently became, at 28, the youngest person to ever receive the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries, which is also the longest book to receive the prize. The Luminaries, an epic historical novel set in the 19th century during New Zealand’s gold rush, combines an experimental structure with old-fashioned narrative in a truly unique and idiosyncratic work of art.  

Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in New Zealand. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she also held an adjunct professorship, and an MA in fiction writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters.  Her debut novel, The Rehearsal (2008) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. It has since been published in 12 languages. Her latest novel, The Luminaries (2013), won the 2013 Man Booker Prize.   She currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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November 4, 2013

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This event was last updated on 11-04-2013