Julian Barnes, ELIZABETH FINCH in conversation with WAMC Radio's Joe Donahue

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 4:00pm
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EST via Zoom

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Best-selling, award-winning author Julian Barnes joins us from London to talk with WAMC's Joe Donahue about his new novel ELIZABETH FINCH - a magnetic tale that centers on the presence of a vivid and particular woman, whose loss becomes the occasion for a man’s deeper examination of love, friendship, and biography.

Julian Barnes. Image credit Marzana PogorzalyElizabeth Finch by Julian BarnesJoe Donahue, WAMC Radio

Author image credit Marzana Pogorzaly.

In Elizabeth Finch, we are treated to everything we cherish in Barnes: his eye for the unorthodox forms love can take between two people, a compelling swerve into nonfictional material (this time, through Neil’s obsessive study of Julian the Apostate, following on notes Elizabeth left for him to discover after her death), and the forcefully moving undercurrent of history, and biography in particular, as nourishment and guide in our current lives.

Julian Barnes is the author of twenty-four previous books, for which he has received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Médicis and Prix Femina in France, and the Jerusalem Prize. In 2017 he was awarded the Légion d’Honneur. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in London.


Joe Donahue talks to people on the radio for a living. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years. He is the host of The Round Table for WAMC Radio and a host of NPR's The Book Show. Joe currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.