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On Reading: Shirley Hazzard’s The Transit of Venus

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Wednesday, 7:30 pm EDT March 24, 2021

Online via Zoom

Join us to celebrate a new edition of Shirley Hazzard’s classic literary masterpiece The Transit of Venus. We have an all-star panel of Hazzard fans for the occasion. Our moderator is award-winning and bestselling author Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies, Florida) who wrote the introduction to the new edition. Groff will lead a conversation with Pulitzer-prize winning biographer Stacy Schiff (Cleopatra: A Life; The Witches: Salem, 1692), writer Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Small Fry: A Memoir), best-selling author Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings), National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee (Pachinko), and award-winning English writer Geoff Dyer (Out of Sheer Rage) on the lasting legacy of The Transit of Venus and Hazzard herself.

The Penguin Classics edition of The Transit of Venus is on sale March 9.


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Cover Art_TRANSIT OF VENUS - Zach Cihlar

In Conversation

  • Lisa Brennan-Jobs -

    Lisa Brennan-Jobs

    Lisa Brennan-Jobs

    Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s first book, a memoir called Small Fry, was a New York Times and National Bestseller and was selected as a Top Ten Book of 2018 by the New York Times, the New Yorker, People, and the San Francisco Chronicle. It was also named a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, the Week, GQ, Publishers Weekly, and British Vogue. Her articles and essays have appeared in Vogue, O magazine, the Southwest Review, the Massachusetts Review, the Harvard Advocate, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

  • Geoff Dyer

    Geoff Dyer

    Geoff Dyer

    Geoff Dyer’s many books include But Beautiful, White Sands, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi. His new book See/Saw: Looking at Photographs will be published by Graywolf in April 2021

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    Lauren Groff

    Lauren Groff

    Lauren Groff is the award-winning author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the two short story collections Florida and Delicate Edible Birds. She was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and sons.

  • Min Yin Lee credit Art Streiber -

    Min Jin Lee

    Min Jin Lee

    Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019). Her novel Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and one of the New York Times’ “Ten Best Books of 2017.” Lee is also the author of Free Food for Millionaires (2007), and her writings have appeared in the New Yorker, NPR’s Selected Shorts, One Story, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Condé Nast Traveler, the Times of London, and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Stacy Schiff

    Stacy Schiff

    Stacy Schiff

    Stacy Schiff is the author most recently of The Witches: Salem, 1692 and Cleopatra: A Life, both #1 bestsellers, and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). Among other honors, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEH, and was a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Center for Scholars and Writers. In 2019 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

  • Meg Wolitzer (c) Nina Subin

    Meg Wolitzer

    Meg Wolitzer

    Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed novels including The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, and The Wife, which became an Oscar nominated film starring Glenn Close. Wolitzer lives in New York City.