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EXCLUSIVE BRISTOL EVENT Richard Ford reading from Canada, in conjunction with the Bristol Festival of Ideas

Monday 15th October 2012 6:30pm - 7:30pm Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event


Richard Ford is truly a great American writer. His books including The Sportswriter, Independence Day and Wildlife have been praised universally and have won him many awards, as well as a massive international readership.

His new novel, Canada, is no exception. John Banville in the Guardian called it "a superlatively good book, richly imagined and beautifully fashioned ... one is tempted to acclaim it a masterpiece ... [it] could only have been written by a writer of Richard Ford*s empathy, insight and technical mastery"*. Boyd Tonkin in the Independent said: "A real king returns ... a story, and a vision, as sweeping as its landscapes".

Ford talks about Canada, a visionary novel of vast landscapes, complex identities and fragile humanity which
questions the fine line between the normal and the extraordinary, and the moments that haunt our settled view of the world.

Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944. He has published seven novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins and, most recently, Canada. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the only time the same book has won both prizes.

Venue: Foyles, Bristol, Cabot Circus

Tickets: £6/£4.99 concessions; including £5 off your copy of Canada in Foyles Bristol on the evening; click here to order

Read our exclusive interview with Richard Ford, in which he reveals that the first 20 pages of Canada were written in 1989, how the book allowed him to explore his own feelings about a country for which he holds much affection and why, sometimes, obvious is good.

 

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