Wednesday, 7:30 pm EST 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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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.
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 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 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.
The Transit of Venus
By Shirley Hazzard
Published by Penguin Classics
Considered “one of the great English-language novels of the twentieth century” (Paris Review), The Transit of Venus follows Caroline and Grace Bell as they leave Australia to begin a new life in post-war England. From Sydney to London, New York, and Stockholm, and from the 1950s to the 1980s, the two sisters experience seduction and abandonment, marriage and widowhood, love and betrayal.
With exquisite, breathtaking prose, Australian novelist Shirley Hazzard tells the story of the displacements and absurdities of modern life. The result is at once an intricately plotted Greek tragedy, a sweeping family saga, and a desperate love story.