An Evening With Arthur Phillips -- Join us for a reading and discussion of his latest novel The Tragedy of Arthur; with special guests the Guerilla Shakespeare Project performing a reading of scenes from the play within the novel
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7 PM – 9 PM – the Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street at the corner of Union Street.
Arthur Phillips, the best selling author of The Song is You, Prague and The Egyptologist, will be reading from and answering audience questions about his most recent novel The Tragedy of Arthur – a complex book which explores a range of emotional and literary ideas – from the question of how we come to grips with our deeply flawed families, to how those families shape who we become, to the question of writing itself and the job of the writer, who pulls us into an invented world but makes us feel real emotions. The book contains a full-length play – is it a newly discovered work of William Shakespeares’? Or a forgery by the protagonist’s con artist father? The Guerilla Shakespeare Project, which performed a sold out reading of the play this spring at the Public Theater, will do a reading of scenes from the play within the novel. The New York Times Review of Books said about The Tragedy of Arthur: “[T]he novelist’s art is a cunning ability to lure the reader into treating counterfeit bills as if they were current. And this particular novel — a fictional memoir posing as a fraudulent introduction to a forged play — is a spectacular instance of the confidence game. It is a tribute to Arthur Phillips’s singular skill that his work leaves the reader not with resentment at having been tricked but rather with gratitude for the gift of feigned wonder.”
Brought to you by the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library with many thanks to Arthur Phillips and the Guerilla Shakespeare Project.
Signed books by the author will be available for purchase.
Tickets are FREE but you must register for guaranteed seating. Limit 4 tickets per registrant. Register here. Just a few seats left!