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Eleanor Catton Launches Birnam Wood with Meg Wolitzer

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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT March 8, 2023

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

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Please Note: The use of face masks will be required at this event.

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The Center for Fiction welcomes Man Booker Prize-winning author Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries) for the launch of her gripping psychological thriller, Birnam Wood. The novel follows the attempts of an undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic guerrilla gardening collective to occupy an abandoned New Zealand plot of farmland. They clash with billionaire Robert Lemione, who intends to build an end-times bunker on the property.

Eleanor Catton will be joined by with New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer (The Female Persuasion) for an intellectual discussion between two literary giants about a character-centered work that asks us the lengths to which we are willing to go to ensure our own survival.

Birnam Wood is terrific. As a multilayered, character-driven thriller, it’s as good as it gets. Ruth Rendell would have loved it. A beautifully textured work—what a treat.” —Stephen King


In Conversation

  • Eleanor Catton

    Eleanor Catton

    Eleanor Catton

    Eleanor Catton is the author of international bestseller The Luminaries, winner of the Man Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Betty Trask Prize, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. As a screenwriter, she adapted The Luminaries for television, and Jane Austen’s Emma for feature film. Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, she now lives in Cambridge, England.

    Photo Credit: Murdo Macleod

  • Meg Wolitzer (c) Nina Subin 2 - Vrinda Madan

    Meg Wolitzer

    Meg Wolitzer

    Meg Wolitzer is a novelist whose many books include The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, and The Wife. She is a member of the MFA faculty at SUNY Stony Brook, where she co-founded and co-directs BookEnds, a yearlong, non-credit intensive in the novel. Wolitzer was guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017, and is the new permanent host of the literary radio show and podcast Selected Shorts.

    Photo Credit: Nina Subin