Summer Scholars: Reading and the Art of Vanishing

FBI artist rendering of so-called D.B. Cooper, who hijacked Northwest Orient Flight 305

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The Eccles British Library Writer’s Award winner explores the art of disappearing

The Summer Scholars season of free, drop-in, lunchtime talks explore the broad and exciting range of research being conducted in the North American collections at the British Library by Eccles Centre Fellows and Award winners. Tea and coffee will be served and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. 

How to Disappear: Reading and the Art of Vanishing
Eccles British Library Writer's Award winner 2018 Stuart Evers discusses the role of disappearance in fiction – and how reading itself is an act of vanishing. From Homer to Toni Morrison, from Emily Brontë to Jon McGregor, Evers will show the novelistic attraction to the missing, as well as discussing the research for his forthcoming novel, The Disappearances, which draws upon notorious ‘disappearances’ in American history.  

Stuart Evers is a novelist, short story writer and critic. He is a co-winner of the 2018 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award, one of Europe's richest prizes for a work in progress. His short fiction has appeared in Prospect, Granta and The Sunday Times as well as in three editions of The Best British Short Stories. His story Our Italics was read by Anton Lesser on BBC Radio 4 in 2016. Evers also reviews books regularly for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, The Independent and The New Statesman

Image: Artist's sketch of DB Cooper, courtesy of the FBI


Name: Summer Scholars: Reading and the Art of Vanishing
Where: Knowledge Centre
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96 Euston Road
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