Wit For The End of Times: Jenny Offill in Conversation with Marsha Lederman

Host: Marsha Lederman

Wit For The End of Times: Jenny Offill in Conversation with Marsha Lederman

Tuesday, Oct 20
Live on Zoom

Jenny Offill’s Weather is a novel both of and for our times: a soaring, intricate and often hilarious exploration of how we reckon with both daily life and impending global crisis. Told through our female narrator—a mother, a sister, a citizen—the book asks, and answers, questions many of us are grappling with each day as we meet the “onslaught” of modern activities while envisioning what the future may hold, all the more exacerbated in recent months. Offill was already celebrated as offering a new kind of writing when she published Dept. of Speculation in 2014, hailed as “not so much a novel as the X-ray of one.” Join us for a riveting conversation with a writer who has the ability to act as a mirror through which we can explore—and face—our deepest selves.

MARSHA LEDERMAN is the Western Arts Correspondent for the Globe and Mail, based in Vancouver. She covers the film and television industry, visual art, literature, music, theatre, dance, cultural policy, and other related areas. Before joining the Globe, she worked for CBC Radio, mostly in Toronto, where she held a variety of positions, including National Arts Reporter and morning news editor. She was born in Toronto and has lived in Vancouver since 2007.

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Jenny Offill

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JENNY OFFILL is the author of the best seller  Dept. of Speculation—one of the  New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year, a Pen/Faulkner finalist and also selected as a best book of the year by The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vogue, and Buzzfeed. Her latest novel, Weather, is a shimmering tour de force about a family and a nation in crisis.