Born in Kansas in 1979, Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry, The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2011, he became the first American to win the Münster Prize for International Poetry. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won the Believer Book Award, was shortlisted for the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. His second novel, 10:04, will be published in January 2015.
Meet the award-winning poet and innovative novelist Ben Lerner as he offers insight into his expanding literary repertoire and discusses his new novel 10:04.
An observational novel that takes place within the cracks between reality and fantasy, 10:04 is an intensely intelligent examination of contemporary western culture. The book follows modern-day New Yorker 'Ben' - a writer whose situation has an uncanny likeness to Lerner himself - and his humourous insights into the tussle between his biological mortality and literary afterlife. Lerner's original writing style places this experimental new work at the forefront of contemporary literature and exposes the reader to the fabricated and fraudulent nature of memory and reality.
Lerner's debut novel Leaving the Atocha Station received much critical acclaim, marking him out as a talented experimental writer of multiple forms, and has been described as 'beautiful and touching and precise' for its examination of experience by the Guardian.
Enjoy an evening with one of modern literature's rising stars, absorbing Lerner's eloquent insights into literature, art and the world itself.
Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT