All our readings start at 7pm and take place upstairs. First arrived, first seated, but you can hear the talk throughout the bookshop thanks to the sound-system and the reading is shown on a screen on the ground-floor. Readings are free but we suggest you buy a book to support The Village Voice Bookshop and stay afterwards for a glass of wine and a friendly chat.
Thursday, June 28th at 7pm
Michael Ondaatje will read from and discuss his new novel, The Cat's Table
Since 1986, Michael Ondaatje has launched many of his books at The Village Voice Bookshop and has generously offered to close our Readers Series with the presentation of his latest novel, The Cat's Table, which will be published in France by Les Editions de L'Olivier this August as La Table des autres in a translation by Michel Lederer.
“Ondaatje is justly recognized as a master of literary craft. The novel tells of a journey from childhood to the adult world, as well as a passage from the homeland to another country, something of a Dantean experience.” — Annie Proulx, author of Bird Cloud
“So enveloping and beautifully rendered, one is reluctant to disembark at the end of the journey. The best novels and poetry possess a kind of bottomlessness: each time a reader revisits a masterful work, she finds something new. Though the ocean journey in The Cat’s Table lasts a mere 21 days, it encapsulates the fullness of a lifetime. This reader will undoubtedly return to it and unearth new treasures from its depths.” — Ami Sands Brodoff, Quill and Quire
Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka in 1943. He moved to England in the 1950’s before settling in Canada in 1962. He is the author of five previous novels; Coming Through Slaughter, In the Skin of a Lion, The English Patient - winner of the 1992 Man Booker Prize - Anil’s Ghost, and Divisadero. He is also the author of numerous volumes of non-fiction and poetry, including the collections The Cinnamon Peeler and Handwriting.