Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Greenville, SC: M. Judson - POSTPONED

In Conversation With Laura Esther Wolfson and Elizabeth Kostova

Join us on Wednesday, December 12 at 7 pm for an evening In Conversation With Laura Esther Wolfson, author of For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors.  Wolfson’s literary debut draws on years of immersion in the Russian and French languages; struggles to gain a basic understanding of Judaism, its history, and her place in it; and her search for a form to hold the stories that emerge from what she has lived, observed, overheard, and misremembered.  

Wolfson's writings have appeared in leading literary venues and garnered awards on both sides of the Atlantic; this particular memoir/essay collection won the 2017 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. She holds an MFA from The New School and lives in New York City.

Elizabeth Kostova will facilitate the conversation. She is the author of three novels:  The Historian, The Swan Thieves, and The Shadow Land.  Her work has been published in forty languages and she reads and lectures internationally.  Kostova is co-founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, which promotes creative writing and literary translation in Bulgaria.  She lives in Asheville with her family.

Come join us at 7pm on December 12 for this free event.  

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Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Asheville, NC: Malaprop's Books - POSTPONED

Laura E. Wolfson presents For Single Mothers Working As Train Conductors in conversation with Elizabeth Kostova

Laura Esther Wolfson's literary debut draws on years of immersion in the Russian and French languages; struggles to gain a basic understanding of Judaism, its history, and her place in it; and her search for a form to hold the stories that emerge from what she has lived, observed, overheard, and misremembered. In "Proust at Rush Hour," when her lungs begin to collapse and fail, forcing her to give up an exciting and precarious existence as a globetrotting simultaneous interpreter, she seeks consolation by reading Proust in the original while commuting by subway to a desk job that requires no more than a minimal knowledge of French. In "For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors" she gives away her diaphragm and tubes of spermicidal jelly to a woman in the Soviet Union who, with two unwanted pregnancies behind her, needs them more than she does. "The Husband Method" has her translating a book on Russian obscenities and gulag slang during the dissolution of her marriage to the Russian-speaker who taught her much of what she knows about that language. In prose spangled with pathos and dusted with humor, Wolfson transports us to Paris, the Republic of Georgia, upstate New York, the Upper West Side, and the corridors of the United Nations, telling stories that skewer, transform, and inspire. 

Wolfson will be joined by Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian, The Swan Thieves, and The Shadow Land.

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May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Asheville, NC: Malaprop's Bookstore

TOM McCONNELL presents THE WOODEN KING in conversation with ELIZABETH KOSTOVA

It isn't obvious at first. The day-to-day realities of occupation take time to sink in. After losing his job as a history professor, Trn remains optimistic, preserving what little he can of his family's dwindling freedom. In his family's small apartment, the radio brings worsening news as Europe surrenders to Germany. Friends are arrested, men are hanged in the local school. Trn must protect his young son, but understands leaving their homeland could prove too dangerous.

Only when the air raids draw closer is Trn, a soft-spoken pacifist, pressured into making a choice: retreat to his decreasing sphere of familial safety, or join the resistance. Ultimately Trn finds himself caught between two titanic armies--the Nazis and the Soviets--and must decide how to save all that he loves.

In the spirit of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot SeeThe Wooden King explores denial, desire, and family drama against the lyrically rendered backdrop of World War II, deftly navigating "the simple difference between what we do and what we ought to do" in the face of rising totalitarianism.

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Mar
30
11:00 AM11:00

Pawleys Island, SC: Litchfield Books at Pawleys Plantation

Litchfield Books at Pawleys Plantation

11:00 AM Talk/Q&A
12:00 – 1:00 PM Luncheon/Signing
Speaking followed by lunch and book signing

Litchfield Books

1:00 – 2:30 PM  Signing
If you are unable to attend the luncheon, head to Litchfield Books (1421 Ocean Highway, Fresh Market Commons, Pawleys Island, SC 29585) where Elizabeth will be signing additional books!

 

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Oct
7
1:30 PM13:30

Ilkley, UK: Ilkley Literature Festival

  • St Margaret’s Hall, Queens Road, Ilkley LS29 9TZ United Kingdom (map)
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When the mood of your country shifts, how far is too far? Critically acclaimed, Booker Prize shortlisted novelist, Rachel Seiffert, (The Dark RoomAfterwardsThe Walk Home) investigates ordinary lives in extraordinary times. Her sparse, deft A Boy in Winter sees a young Ukrainian man choosing between resistance or collaboration under Nazi occupation. Elizabeth Kostova explores similar territory in The Shadow Land, a quietly captivating story, about family, grief, and a nation still coming to terms with itself, spanning the history of Bulgaria. Kostova’s 2005 debut The Historian, was a New York Times No.1 bestseller and a Richard & Judy Summer Read.

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Sep
2
10:00 AM10:00

Decatur, GA: AJC Decatur Book Festival

  • Decatur Presbyterian Sanctuary presented by Emory University (map)
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From Elizabeth Kostova, the million copy #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Historian, a novel that blends history and the present in a suspenseful journey that spans three generations and reveals the dark secrets of a family’s—and a nation’s—history.

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Aug
27
4:00 PM16:00

Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Writers Festival — The Art of Life

  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image — Cinema 1 (map)
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Why is art important to everyday life? Elizabeth Kostova (The Shadow Land) and winner of the 2017 Stella Prize Heather Rose (The Museum of Modern Love) discuss the significance of art in their novels, as well as how the Balkan region informs their work.

$22/$19
Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday 21 July. This session is able to be booked on a Festival Pass.

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Aug
27
10:00 AM10:00

Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Writers Festival — Meet Elizabeth Kostova

  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image - Studio 1 (map)
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The Shadow Land takes us to politically-charged Bulgaria, where a mourning sister makes a startling discovery against a historically rich landscape. Join bestselling author Elizabeth Kostova (The Historian) as she discusses finding hope in the aftermath of loss.

$22/$19
Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday 21 July. This session is able to be booked on a Festival Pass.

Supported by The Stella Prize

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Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

Canberra, Australia: Canberra Writers Festival — Elizabeth Kostova: in conversation

  • National Library of Australia - Conference Room Level 4 (map)
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Elizabeth Kostova’s new novel The Shadow Land delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country, exploring the power of stories and the hope and meaning in the aftermath of loss.

Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

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