Wednesday, March 29, 2017

At the Crossroads, Tonight

The 10th Incroci di Civiltà literary festival kicked off tonight with a spirited discussion about the purposes of literature--and whether there's anything wrong with telling a "good story"--among the authors Michael Chabon, Vikram Seth and Abraham B. Yehosua. These three appeared at the Goldoni Theater as last-minute fill-ins for Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, who was called away from his scheduled appearance here by private matters in his native country of Turkey.

Chabon, Seth, and Yehoshua will each appear separately over the next three days of the festival in his previously scheduled spot, along with the festival's usual impressive array of writers from around the world. A full schedule is available here: Tickets are free, but advance reservations are required, and most of this year's events are fully booked--although if you show up at the event site 15 minutes before its scheduled start, places do sometimes become available because of cancellations.


  1. Hi

    Michael Chabon was in Calgary several weeks ago and my wife and I were able to hear him speak. He is a great speaker and talked about key moments in his introduction to books and reading, as well as genre literature in general, which I love.


    1. Yes, Guy, I also found him to be enjoyable, and really willing to try to present something of interest to his audience, rather than simply going through the motions. He's worth going to see and hear. But, then, all the authors I've seen at the Incroci festival have been quite good in this way. The organizers do a good job of selecting them.