Benjamin Markovits: A Weekend in New York

 Benjamin Markovits

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Join Benjamin Markovits as he discusses his new novel

What if it's the happy families that are actually the unique ones? Dare to question Tolstoy and join Benjamin Markovits, Eccles British Library Writer’s Award winner, as he discusses his new novel exploring family life, professional tennis and the changing shape of America in the 20th century.

Ben Markovits' ambitious new fictional tetralogy immerses us in the lives of an upper-middle-class New York family, the Essingers, over multiple generations. In A Weekend In New York, the first novel in the quartet, Markovits vividly charts the experiences of mid-ranking tennis professional Paul Essinger at the ATP Tour and US Open. In stylishly compelling prose, Markovits interweaves the insular domesticity of family life with the sweeping forces shaping American society to create a deeply intimate – yet uncompromisingly political – portrait of America. 
Markovits was a recipient of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award and he used his time with the British Library collections to write A Weekend in New York. At this event he will reflect on the forces shaping his work and the role of the archive in his writing.
Each of the winners of the Writer’s Award is awarded £20,000 and uses the British Library’s collections to research their upcoming publications during their residency. The Award is open to writers resident in the United Kingdom. Writers should be working on a non-fiction or fiction full-length book, written in the English language, the research for which requires that they make substantial use of the British Library’s collections relating to North America (the USA, Canada and/or the Caribbean).
Benjamin Markovits grew up in Texas, London and Berlin. He studied literature at Yale, and left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics at Oxford. He has written seven novels. Granta selected him as one of the Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. Markovits lives in London and is married, with a daughter and a son. He teaches Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

Image: Benjamin Markovits by Ander McIntyre


Name: Benjamin Markovits: A Weekend in New York
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