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The Act of Persuasion: A Virtual Conversation with Merve Emre

New Yorker critic Merve Emre and WWB Books Editor Adam Dalva talk about the 2022 International Booker Prize and more.
Merve Emre and Adam Dalva

UPDATE: A video recording of the event, along with a full transcript, can be found here.

About this event

Words Without Borders invites you to a virtual discussion on Wednesday, June 8, at 6 PM ET. New Yorker critic Merve Emre will talk with WWB Books Editor Adam Dalva about her journey as a critic, the judging of literary prizes, and the winner of the 2022 International Booker Prize.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT REQUIRES ADVANCE REGISTRATION. Upon registering, you will receive the event Zoom link. This event will be closed-captioned.


About the presenters

Merve Emre is associate professor of English at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), The Ferrante Letters (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019), and The Personality Brokers (Doubleday: New York, 2018), which was selected as one of the best books of 2018 by the New York Times, the Economist, NPR, CBC, and the Spectator, and informs the CNN/HBO Max documentary feature film Persona. Merve is a contributing writer at the New Yorker. Her essays and criticism have appeared in publications ranging from the New York Review of BooksHarper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, and the London Review of Books to American LiteratureAmerican Literary History, and Modernism/modernity. In 2022, she is serving as one of the judges of the International Booker Prize. From 2022-23, she will be a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Shapiro Center at Wesleyan University.

Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the New York Review of Books, and the Guardian. His graphic novel, Olivia Twist, was published by Dark Horse in 2019. Adam serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and is the Books Editor for Words Without Borders. He teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and Marymount Manhattan College.

This is a free event. Your optional donation will help Words Without Borders keep its digital magazine, events, and education program free to readers around the world.

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