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2021/2022 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint Olga Tokarczuk Reading

Sunday February 27, 2022 3:00 pm

General admission tickets for $5 will go on sale Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 12 pm noon CT. For information on season subscriptions, click here.

EVENT DETAILS: This is a livestream reading and will be accessible from the Inprint website. Details on how to access the reading will be provided to season subscribers and to those who purchase general admission tickets in their Eventbrite email receipts. Olga Tokarczuk’s translator Jennifer Croft will give a brief reading from Tokarczuk’s new novel The Books Of Jacob, followed by a conversation between Tokarczuk and a fellow writer. 

OLGA TOKARCZUK, when she was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, was praised by the selection committee for “a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.” A bestselling author in her home country of Poland, whose work has been translated into more than 50 languages, Tokarczuk has published nine novels, two story collections, five nonfiction works, a collection of poetry, and a children’s book. She rose to international acclaim after her seventh novel, Flights, called “an indisputable masterpiece” by Publishers Weekly, won the Booker International Prize and the Nike Prize, Poland’s most prestigious literary award. Her eighth novel, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, earned nominations for the Booker International Prize, National Book Award for Translated Literature, and PEN/America Translation Prize. About the book, Annie Proulx writes, “Extraordinary. Tokarczuk’s novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work.”

Tokarczuk joins us to read from and talk about her magnum opus, The Books of Jacob, translated by Jennifer Croft. A journey across seven borders, five languages, and three major religions, beginning in 1752 and ending in the mid-20th century, the book revolves around the controversial 18th century Polish-Jewish religious leader Jacob Frank. After its publication in Poland in 2014, The Books of Jacob was a national bestseller for nearly a year and the recipient of the Nike Prize, Nike Audience Award, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern International Literary Prize in Stockholm, and the Swiss Jan Michalski Prize. The Michalski jury called it a “work of immense erudition with a powerful epic sweep….a universal tale of the struggle against rigid thinking, either religious or philosophical….that warns against our inability to embrace an environment complex in its diversity….The Books of Jacob, by telling the past with a dazzling virtuosity, helps us to better understand the world in which we live.” Each year, Tokarczuk co-hosts an annual literary festival near her home in Silesia, Poland, and funds scholarships for aspiring writers.