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Crossing Borders in Literature and Language

Boyd Tonkin and Elena Lappin

Thursday, 4 April 2019

12:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

Leading literary critic Boyd Tonkin and memoirist and novelist Elena Lappin explore how, and why, we navigate the planet of words and discover other literary worlds.

Tonkin’s recent book, The Hundred Best Novels in Translation, spans the globe to select and present 100 great works of fiction written over the past 400 years – featuring books written in 25 languages and from 40 different countries, ranging from Mexico to Indonesia and Finland to Sudan. Lappin’s most recent book is What Language Do I Dream In?, which describes her birth in Russia, life as an émigré in Czechoslovakia, Germany, Israel, Canada, and the United States, and how she found her writing voice in the English language. Together they will talk about the benefits of crossing borders in literature and language – and how we can try to make sense of the world’s infinite variety of stories.

Tonkin writes for a range of national publications, including the Financial Times Life & Arts, and contributes to BBC radio. He is a special adviser to, and former chair of, the Man Booker International Prize, and a trustee of the Orwell Foundation. Lappin is at writer and editor whose books also include The Nose and Foreign Brides.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden