Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. She won the 2007 Sunday Star-Times short-story competition, the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the 2008 Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary and was named as one of Amazon's Rising Stars in 2009. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Betty Trask Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Prix Femina literature award, the abroad category of the Prix Médicis, the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize 2010 and Stonewall's Writer of the Year Award 2011, and longlisted for the Orange Prize 2010. In 2010 she was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award.
Eleanor's second novel The Luminaries, will be published by Granta in September 2013.
This year's Man Booker Prize winner, Eleanor Catton, joins Kamila Shamsie to discuss whether the Commonwealth means anything in literature.
This year, Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize: the longest ever winning book by the youngest ever author. At the same time, the Man Booker opened up to writers outside of the Commonwealth. In this event, Catton joins Kamila Shamsie to discuss whether the Commonwealth means anything in literature, whether the Americans will "sweep the board" in years to come and what winning the Man Booker actually means.
Eleanor Catton was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand. Her debut novel The Rehearsal was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her latest novel The Luminaries won the Man Booker Prize award.
Kamila Shamsie is a Pakistani novelist brought up in Karachi who writes in the English language. Her first novel, In The City by the Sea was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize as was her third novel, Kartography, which also won The Patras Bokhari Award as did her next novel Broken Verses. Her fifth, Burnt Shadows was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Aye Write festival, Glasgow, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN
Eleanor Catton and Rachel Kushner
Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, 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.
Rachel Kushner's second novel, The Flamethrowers was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and was one of the New York Times Top Ten books of 2013.
Cuirt International Festival of Literature, Galway
Eleanor Catton will read from her award winning work as part of the Edinburgh Univesity Guest Writers series. Winner of the Betty Trask Award and youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize, Eleanor will be in conversation with Edinburgh University Writer-in-Residence Jenni Fagan.
Teviot Row House, Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL
Eleanor Catton, author of The Rehearsal (published 2008, and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize) and the 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning The Luminaries, will join us in Dundee! Come along to hear more about her writing and career, in conversation with Literary Dundee's Peggy Hughes.
The event will take place at Steps Theatre, Central Library Dundee, 6pm. This event is free and bookings can be made by calling Central Library on 01382 431500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Library Dundee, Central Library Dundee, Wellgate, Dundee, DD1 1DB