An Evening with Michael Ondaatje

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:00pm

This is a past event.

Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

An Evening with Michael Ondaatje
The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series

Book signing to follow. 

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, January 31, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

Internationally celebrated author Michael Ondaatje has influenced an entire generation of writers and readers with his aesthetic and artistry. In addition to winning the British Commonwealth’s highest literary honor, the Man Booker Prize, for his novel The English Patient, he has been awarded The Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, the Prix Médicis, the Governor General’s Award, and the Giller Prize.

In the inaugural reading of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series, Ondaatje will read from his most recent novel, Warlight, a dramatic story of unexpected characters set in the decade after World War II. Its narrative is as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself—shadowed and luminous at once. A discussion with USC’s renowned writer-in-residence, Geoff Dyer, and book signing will follow.

Additional Links:
The Guardian: "It's the book the gave me freedom': Michael Ondaatje on The English Patient"
The Irish Times: "Why Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient Deserved the Golden Man Booker"
The New York Times: "A Mother Keeps Wartime Secrets in Michael Ondaatje's New Novel" (Book review)
The Washington Post: "Warlight is a Quiet New Masterpiece from Michael Ondaatje" (Book review)

Related Event:
The English Patient
Tueday, February 26, at 7 p.m.
Ray Stark Family Theatre
For more info, click here.

Presented by the USC Department of English, USC Office of the Provost, and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative with support from the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation.

Photo credit: Bart Michiels