BookNight with Max Porter
We are delighted to welcome Max Porter to present his exceptional new book Grief Is the Thing with Feathers. This debut – part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief – is a story of a widower and his young sons mourning the death of their mother. While the family is stunned into silence by their tragic loss, Crow arrives in the middle of the night to take on the role of a caretaker. This deeply moving study of loss is partly based on the author’s life and partly inspired by Ted Hughes’ Crow, written in the wake of Sylvia Plath’s suicide.
In this extraordinary debut, longlisted for the Guardian first book award, Max Porter‘s compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent.
“I’m not sure I’ve read anything like Max Porter‘s book before. It stunned me, full of beauty, hilarity, and thick black darkness. It will stay with me for a very long time.” Evie Wyld, Author
Guests are encouraged to read the book before the event, although you are also welcome to join if you’ve just started your exploration. Previous experience has shown that members often gain insight and inspiration from discussions with the author, which enable them to continue reading the book in a new light.
This will be an in-depth discussion rather than a standard format Q&A. The evening will start with drinks at 7:00 PM, following by a sit-down dinner at 7:30 PM. We will get to know one another over starters before the introduction of the evening’s guest author.
The event will be hosted by Frontline Club director, Pranvera Smith, and founding member and senior correspondent at The Guardian and The Observer, Ed Vulliamy.
Menu £25 per person excluding drinks.
The idea behind members’ BookNights is to have a thoroughly good time, encourage reading and discussion, and to end the night both happier and wiser than when it began. For more information about membership and the other benefits on offer, please contact membership coordinator Sophie Kayes.