Biographer Frances Wilson meets three extraordinary memoirists: Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson, Pulitzer Prize winner Kathryn Schulz, and author and songwriter Alba Arikha.
Drawing upon her bestselling course in the practice of life writing, award-winning biographer Frances Wilson returns to How To Academy to host an evening with three extraordinary masters of the art.
Howard Jacobson, the Booker Prize winning author of The Finkler Question and The Mighty Walzer, will reveal how he became an author. He says, ”It’s my theory that only the unhappy, the uncomfortable, the gauche, the badly put together, aspire to make art. Why would you seek to reshape the world unless you were ill-at-ease in it? And I came out of the womb in every sense the wrong way round.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker writer Kathryn Schulz will tell the story of losing her father and finding the love of her life in a profound meditation on love, grief and joy. Weaving the stories of her father’s life and death with the story of her marriage in the midst of the pandemic, she will explore how private happiness can coexist with global catastrophe, how we get irritated with those we adore, and how love and loss are themselves unavoidable inseparable.
And Alba Arikha will transport us back to Paris in the 1980s, where she grew up in a hub of literary and artistic flourishing that still reverberates today. Her tale plays out against the family memories of war and exile and the ever-present memories of the European holocaust.
Whether you are an aspiring author or simply fascinated by the eternal question of what it means to be alive, this unique livestream event is an unmissable chance to explore the human condition in all its richness and splendour.