Less than 70 days to this year’s Words & Music and it’s time to start talking about all the brilliant programming in store for readers and writers!
One of the headliners for Words & Music, 2010 will be British novelist Simon Mawer, whose new novel, The Glass Room, is a story of how Hitler’s rise to power in Europe destroyed the feelings of optimism and the hope for the future and the burst of incredible creativity that developed in the wake of World War I, how it crushed the dreams and the lives of non-combatants.
The novel is an exceptional example of the interplay of the humanities, how can special achievement one field of the arts can inspire great creativity in another of the arts. In this case, an architectural masterpiece, Villa Tugenhadt by Mies van der Rohe, provided the central focus for a novel described by The Guardian as “…a thing of extraordinary beauty and symmetry.” And the London Observer said, “Simon Mawer’s work is rich with a desire to see through to the core of things.”
Mawer’s appearances will include:
November 19, 2010 5:00 to 6:00 p. m. —
A Great Work of Architectural Art Which Inspired New Orleans Architects…
…and A Great New Work of Literary Art
Introduced by New Orleans architect Ivan Mandich, this session will feature Geoffrey H. Baker, author of important works on the art of architecture, as well as novelist Simon Mawer and other architects. The event will set the stage for appearances by Simon Mawer, author of The Glass Room, with an exploration through words and visuals of Villa Tugenhadt, the famous modern house created by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe in Brno, Czechoslovakia in the 1920s.
6:30 p. m. to 8:30 p. m. — THE LITERATURE OF WAR & COLLATERAL DAMAGE
Cocktails and Dinner with bestselling British author Simon Mawer