The word from Toronto

George Murray of Bookninja offers an amusing wrap-up of his role in Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, where he introduced readers like Rick Moody, Jonathan Coe, Anita Diamant, Francine Prose and Jonathan Safran Foer, and was convinced to pick up Jenny Erpenbeck’s strange and haunting The Old Child.

I started reading the collection a few weeks ago but haven’t finished. (The book’s translator, Susan Bernofsky, received a PEN translation fund grant for her work this year.)

No word whether Erpenbeck’s co-reader, Craig Davidson, followed through on his intentions to “(a) ask Zadie Smith to marry me, and (b) challenge John Irving to a wrestling match.”


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