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Elena Lappin

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 Oxford Literary Festival partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner 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 Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore George Warren New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden