Radcliffe: An Evening with Author Garth Risk Hallberg "City on Fire"


Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:15pm


Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Garth Risk Hallberg is author of the best-selling book City on Fire, which was named a best book of 2015 by the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His book has been translated into 17 languages.

In this event, Hallberg will explore the affinities between the modern social novel and the modern city. From Dickens’s London to Richard Wright’s Chicago, from the Paris of Les Misérables to the Boston of The Bostonians, the two have developed in parallel. But for a novelist, the relationship goes deeper than content. Hallberg will examine some principles that link the multipolar city and the multicharacter novel and suggest how each might provide not just what you need to live, but what makes the living worth doing in the first place.

Liz Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute and the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies at Harvard University, will moderate a panel discussion between Hallberg and the novelist Claire Messud RI ’05, a senior lecturer on fiction at Harvard.

Please register and join us by visiting www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2016-garth-risk-hallberg-lecture.

The event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to share this invitation with people you know who may be interested in attending this event.