PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
At 4.30pm on Saturday 28th September at the Ukumbi Mdogo auditorium at the Nairobi Book fair there is the launch of the Madwoman of Serrano. Cape Verdian author, Dina Salustio will be conversation with her translator, Jethro Soutar. The Madwoman of Serrano is the first novel by a female Cape Verdian writer to be translated into English. Its journey into English from Portuguese and language as a home will be at the heart of their discussion.
This is hat the judges said about Judith Landry's translation of Portrait of a Family with a Fat Daughter by Margherita Giacobino when announcing the five-book shortlist:
This engaging novel follows four generations of a family living in the Alpine foothills outside Turin, spanning the late nineteenth century to the “economic miracle” of the 1950s and 60s, as they climb out of poverty into a new world of TV dinners and other novelties. It's Margherita Giacobino's first appearance in English, and her prior accomplishments as writer and translator shine through in this finely crafted saga. Combining fact and fiction, the narrator's grandmother emigrates to California and returns to Italy partially paralyzed after complications during childbirth. In the next generation, the narrator's eight-year-old mother returns to Italy upon her father's death, to be raised by distant relatives, become Italian (again), and wed an alluring “man-boy” whose character and time in a German prison camp in World War II are evocatively described. Her small shop gradually expands and lifts the family out of the working class; her studious daughter Margherita grows up amid an extended matriarchal family to become the writer of this book. It has been compared to “a rural version of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan saga,” but remains staunchly unique in its powerful, atmospheric portrayal of largely unexplored terrain. A winner of the English PEN Award, this sweeping narrative explores what it means to be Italian across oceans and historical epochs. Its vivid descriptions and deep cultural understanding leave a lasting mark.
Portrait of a Family with a Fat Daughter by Margherita Giacobino, translated by Judith Landry
Dedalus £12.99/$17.99 304 pages
Eoghan Smith will be discussing his novel The Failing heart and answering questions from the audience at Donaghmede Shopping Centre Public Library at 2-2.30pm on Thursday 26 September 2019 www.donaghmedelitfest.com/events-1
Hosted by David Butler, this event gathers three exciting debut novelists to share their journey of writing and releasing their debut novel to the world. Panelists include Sarah Davis-Goff (Last Ones Left Alive), Kealan Ryan (The Middle Place) and Eoghan Smith (The Failing Heart).
The Civic Theatre at 7.30pm on 8 October 2019. Tickets cost8/5 euros. www.redlinebookfestival.ie/pro ... an-eoghan-smith
Literary Suicides with Gary Lachman at Highgate Cemetery Chapel, Highgate Cemetery West, Swains Lane, London N6 6PJ on Thursday 24th October 2019 from 7:00 pm. Tickets £12.00, price includes a gin cocktail. It is part of London Month of the Dead.
For full details see: londonmonthofthedead.com/literarysuicides.html
Sunday 29th September 2019 at 09:30 – 11:00 at Lifeboat House at Write by the Sea Festival
Eoghan Smith and Eleanor O'Reilly talk to Sue Leonard about their experiences of getting their first novel published and what happens next.