Anna Kavan: Life and Writing – with special guests

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Waterstones Notting Hill

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Join Christopher Priest, Chris Power and Victoria Walker on the 14 November 2019 for a discussion about the life and work of Anna Kavan.

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Join Christopher Priest, Chris Power and Victoria Walker at Waterstones Notting Hill for a retrospective look at the life and writing of Anna Kavan (1901-1968), the genre-spanning feminist counter-culture author, best known for her visionary novel, Ice.

The event marks the release of Machines in the Head, an anthology of her best short writing published on the fiftieth anniversary of her death. To discuss her work and influence, we will be joined by one of Britain’s best science fiction authors, Christopher Priest (The Inverted World, The Prestige), whose new novel, An American Story, has been described as a "quiet masterpiece in a career full of them" (The Guardian), and The Guardian’s short story columnist and author of the critically acclaimed Mothers, Chris Power. Editor of the anthology Victoria Walker will set the record straight on the many mysteries surrounding Anna Kavan’s life, including her legendary heroin habit. Writer, art collector and one of Kavan’s closest friends, Rose Knox-Peebles joins our panel to share some personal recollections of Kavan.

The bookshop in Notting Hill is just a handful of streets down from where Kavan lived and died fifty years ago. Authors will be available for book signings.

‘It is the cool lucid light of that unique mind which makes her Anna Kavan . . . There is nothing else like her writing . . . She is one of the most distinctive twentieth-century novelists.’ – Doris Lessing

‘Kavan wrote some of the twentieth century’s most haunting and original fiction . . . To those cultish fans who see Kavan’s marginality as central to her glamour, mainstream acceptance may be unwelcome. But for this most imaginative and otherworldly of writers, whose plots seamlessly merge fantasy and reality, past and future, life and death, nothing could be more apt than a cross-century literary resurrection.’ – Emma Garman, Paris Review

‘Entering this haunting realm, the reader will crave to plunge deeper into her metallic and poetically surreal universe.’ – Patti Smith‘If you love J.G. Ballard, you should read Anna Kavan.’ – Chris Power, Guardian

Tickets £3 + booking fee (to cover eventbrite costs), includes a glass of wine.

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Waterstones Notting Hill

39-41 Notting Hill Gate

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